Marathon talks to form the next Dutch coalition near the finish line
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The four parties negotiating to form the next Dutch ruling coalition plan to send a draft policy for the next term to lawmakers this week, marking a further step towards the end of the marathon talks which followed the March elections.
The two officials overseeing the talks announced Monday that they plan to send the plan, known as the coalition agreement, to parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Lawmakers will then debate the plan before the coalition-building process moves to the next step – selecting ministers to make up the next Cabinet.
The longest training process in the Netherlands was kicked off almost nine months ago by the general elections on March 17 which were won by the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy under outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
If the talks produce a new coalition, Rutte is set to begin a fourth term as prime minister after leading an interim administration since the election.
The four parties that shape the policies of the next government are the same as those of the last Dutch coalition. This government, made up of Rutte’s VVD, the centrist D66 and two parties of Christian origin, resigned a few weeks before the March elections to assume political responsibility for a scandal in which thousands of parents fell into debt after having been wrongly identified as tax evaders. authorities.