King of the Netherlands: Social State of the 20th century no longer exists

The youngest monarch in Europe openly stated that people should take responsibility for their own future, social and financial security.


King Willem-Alexander appealed on national television with a message to the people of the Netherlands and concluded: "Social State of the 20th century no longer exists."

In its place comes "the active participation of society" in which people have to take responsibility for their own future, to take care of yourself and create your own social and financial security, with less involvement of the national government.

The transition to "society cooperation," observed especially in providing social security and long-term medical support.

The classic social welfare state of the second half of the 20th century can no longer support these areas in their current form "- the king said in a speech to parliament.

A series of recent public opinion polls showed that the position of the Government Mark Rutte at a record low, and most of the Netherlanders, including trade unions, employers and many economists believe that the tough measures in the economy that the current Cabinet of Ministers held at fault for the deterioration of the economic situation in Holland, despite the fact that neighboring Germany, France and Great Britain observed recovery.

"These reforms require time and perseverance," said King. They "will lay the foundation for the creation of jobs and restore confidence."

"Community involvement" has already existed for some time: unemployment benefits and subsidies for health care on a regular basis are down over the last decade. The retirement age was raised to 67 years.

On Tuesday, King said that some of the costs of care for the elderly, youth services and benefits for retraining after being laid off will now be transferred to local budgets in order to adapt them to local conditions.

The study presented the government's budget independent analytical agency showed that the deficit will increase in 2014 to 3.3 percent of GDP, despite the new spending cuts designed to reduce it.

In accordance with the rules of the Eurozone, the economic deficit countries must be at least 3 percent, and Rutte was one of the first European leaders, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is insisting that the South European countries should try to achieve this goal.

Among other measures, the government had announced a reduction of 2,300 jobs in the defense sector — this is due to the adoption in 2011, the plan for the reduction of one of the six employees in the field of defense between 2012 and 2015.

However, the government decided not to abandon the US-led program to develop a new military aircraft ("Joint Strike Fighter"), which has created a split in the ruling coalition Rutte.

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