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Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth
The Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth gives voice to the willingness of many parties to work on making our society and our economy sustainable. A sustainable energy supply is an indispensable component of that process. The agreement unites divergent interests and brings together more than forty organisations including central, regional and local government, employers associations and unions, nature conservation and environmental organisations, and other civil-society organisations and financial institutions. It is based on the awareness that a long-term perspective means placing the common good far above the separate interests of either individuals or organisations and that it also means a growth path defined by energy and climate objectives as well as by feasible and necessary gains in competitiveness, employment, and exports.
Broadening support for collective agreements
The collective agreement system currently enjoys satisfactory support. This system is vital for labour relations in our country. However, with a view to the future, parties to collective agreements must continue to work for broad support, e.g. by getting employers and employees more involved in collective agreements and particularly by engaging employees more effectively in the drafting of such agreements. These are the conclusions of an advisory report issued by the Social and Economic Council on 23 August 2013.
Handmade in Holland (2013/02)
Abstract of advisory report With an annual turnover of 110 billion euros, the skilled trades are a vital link in the Dutch economy and society as a whole. In the next few years, however, skilled workers will be in increasingly short supply, mainly because fewer young people are opting to train for a skilled occupation. In an advisory report to the Dutch Government, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) is making recommendations to reverse this trend.
Dutch economy in calmer waters: A macro-economic exploratory survey
Why is the Dutch economy finding it so much more difficult to recover from the financial and economic crisis than its neighbours? It is because the Netherlands much more than neighbouring countries is affected by the negative interaction between the housing market, the banking sector, and the pensions system. This exploratory survey attempts to clarify these macro-economic interactions. One important conclusion is that these problems are typically Made in Holland and will therefore need to be tackled with our own Dutch Design. SERs exploratory survey Dutch economy in calmer waters: A macro-economic exploratory survey is has been presented by to the Ministers of General Affairs, Economic Affairs, Finance, Social Affairs and Employment, and Housing and the Central Government Sector.
Annual report 2012
The year 2012 was marked by a number of striking changes in and around theCouncil, with potentially far-reaching consequences. By that, I do not just mean thechange that is significant for me personally, namely my acceptance of thepresidency of the Council, as successor to Alexander Rinnooy Kan. Far moredecisive for the Council and the climate in the polder were the changes within theunion movement and the advent of the second government led by Mark Rutte. Atthe end of 2012, the media referred to a revival of the polder model (i.e. theconsensus model).