Economy and coronacrisis on agenda informateur Tjeenk Willink

Informer Tjeenk Willink has the finances and the economy of the Netherlands on the agenda today and tomorrow.

First comes Mariëtte Hamer, the chairman of the Socio-Economic Council (SER). The SER is an advisory body of entrepreneurs, employees and independent experts. Coronacrisis and employment will be its main topics for discussion.

Hamer warned at the end of last year about the danger that the government is mainly helping people who are currently at risk of losing their jobs or being unemployed, and threatening to forget those who are more distant from the labour market. This concerns people with a disability and certain groups of self-employed workers.

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Tomorrow a joint discussion will be on the agenda with the demissionary ministers Hoekstra (Finance), Koolmees (Social Affairs and Employment) and Vant Wout (Economic Affairs and Climate).

They will indicate how acute the problems are, what decisions are still to be taken by the demissionary cabinet and which decisions can be left to a subsequent cabinet.

They are going to see if, for example, a national recovery plan with broad support is needed in the House of Representatives, as VVD leader and demissionary Prime Minister Rutte wanted before the elections.

Other parties were not enthusiastic about this at the time. But if the formation is going to take a long time, some need to be decided. For example, the economic support packages and solutions to entrepreneurss debts and problems. Certain decisions cannot wait in the climate dossier either.

What comes out of the talks will be an important part of Tjeenk Willinks advice. Because the question of trust is important, but citizens and businesses cannot wait endlessly in the coronaccrisis for that confidence to come back.