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The Netherlands is facing considerable challenges. Recovery from the coronacrisis is the latest issue on a policy agenda that was already bursting at the seams with major social challenges in areas such as the energy transition, education, housing and security. This comes at a time when the limits of market forces are coming into view and the emphasis is shifting from shareholder value to the broader stakeholder value. In the run-up to the formation of a new government and the coalition agreement, our experts share their vision on challenges the Netherlands faces.
The COVID-19 crisis has enlarged the role of the government and improved its ratings. According to PwC's chief economist Jan Willem Velthuijsen and chairman of the Public Sector Group Richard Goldstein, the government should take advantage of this momentum to tackle major social issues. Even a stronger, more decisive government cannot solve them on its own. This also calls for the involvement of citizens, civil society organisations, implementing agencies and – last but by no means least – the business community. We set out to connect these parties because only by working together can we find ways to move forward sustainably.
Together with the other ministries concerned, the Ministry of Education needs to formulate a more overall vision for education, the role of technology and the health of young people.
A government wanting to improve how its policy is implemented cannot escape the need to improve its digital infrastructure. This calls for more central control and a stronger political mandate. Our advice is this:
The challenge of healthcare: how do we maintain and improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare whilst reducing its overall cost? Three major issues call for attention and solutions:
A Minister of Housing who takes back central control of the construction and planning of new housing is needed to solve the problems in the housing market.
The outgoing government's plans to reform the allowances system present an immediate opportunity to solve staff shortages in the healthcare sector, explains Bastiaan Starink. His advice:
The ambition of the Climate Agreement to sell only fully electric new vehicles in the Netherlands from 2030 is achievable. By that time, there will be enough affordable models on the market, enough charging points and enough green electricity to run these vehicles. That's according to the PwC study "The achievability of 28 billion electric vehicle kilometres by 2030".
The digital world has now become part of the fabric of the physical world. This calls for a fundamentally different approach to the concept of security.
Last year, in its "building blocks report", the Dutch government presented policy options for making the tax system future-proof, something that a new government can use as a starting point. PwC believes that social issues, rather than tax issues, should be the guiding principle.
Momentum is growing in favour of a fundamental review of the tax system.
A precondition for this is higher budgets for implementation.
The formation of a new government coalition must result in the greening of the tax system.
'Many citizens are questioning whether the government actually works for them. This underlines the need for a renewed relationship between government and citizens. A relationship based on trust rather than mistrust.'