Rutte: No draft coalition agreement this week

The four parties negotiating a new cabinet in the next few days at De Zwaluwenberg estate will take important steps. But there will be no draft coalition agreement this week, says VVD leader Rutte. โ€œThat really takes more time.โ€

โ€œNext week there will be consultations, and probably after that. Theres a lot of work to do, of course.โ€ The negotiators of VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie will go to Groningen for two days next week.

Today, tomorrow and Friday they talk at the estate in the woods south of Hilversum. The two informers, Remkes and Koolmees, have invited the party leaders and their secondants to start negotiations for a new cabinet in this place. Remkes said this morning that he expects โ€œsome very solid content discussionsโ€.

Three weeks ago, the formation of this four-party cabinet started. In recent times, there have been orientating conversations, also to improve the atmosphere between them after months of tensions and quarrels. The secondants of the party leaders have spent a lot of time preparing all kinds of substantive files. They looked at where the biggest bottlenecks lie. Other Parliamentary Members of the parties have also done preparatory work in their field. For example, there is a climate note, which no one involved would like to say anything about.

The Zwaluwenberg was already used in September to see if there could be a VVD, D66 and CDA minority cabinet.