“The Netherlands at standstill”
The Netherlands is currently at economic standstill, while other nations are continuing to develop their competitive capacity. Stated AkzoNobel executive Hans Wijers during an appearance at news show ‘Nieuwsuur’. “We are like frogs swimming in slowly heated water. We feel comfortable and are not aware that we are being boiled”. The executive painted a picture for the layman.
Wijers urges the cabinet to address the pressing issues facing the Netherlands today. He emphasizes several measures in particular, such as making the housing market more accessible, reforming the tax rebate on mortgage interest, liberating the administrative burden of dismissal and raising the retirement age, “by January 1st” Wijers advised the cabinet.
Wijers holds the current Dutch administration responsible for the lack of progression and reform in the Netherland. “The parties are occupied with winning the next elections rather than the well being of the Netherlands on the long run” he stated.
The former minister of economic affairs (’94-’98) described the current state of the Netherlands as “depressed, unambitious, and focussed on the short term rather than the long run”, which is exactly what separates Holland from other countries such as Poland, Britain and Turkey, where, according to Wijers, they maintain an “optimistic, forward looking” attitude.