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The Netherlands – Covid-19 recovery should be used to address other challenges

The Netherlands has to put the pandemic recovery in good use in order to deal with persistent challenges such as labour market imbalances, housing shortages as well as environmental issues, said OECD think-tank on June 16th.

According to the OECD, the government of the Netherlands has been a huge help to the country during the pandemic, including the growth forecast increase of 2.7%.

Further, OECD mentioned how the support for businesses and households should remain still, whereas the focus should also be on training and career advice to those who are jobless.

The systematic problems in the economy are another chance that the government should work on, said Mathias Cormann, OECD secretary general during an online conference. To them, the investment on decreasing and expanding digitalization would lead to a greener economy as well.

The pandemic crisis also contributed to flexible contracts, which means that 1/5 of Dutch employers have a temporary contract and they also need to work on inspiring women to work full time, said Cormann. According to OECD statistics, around 60% of Dutch women have a part-time contract only.

Furthermore, Cornmann also stated how this could have an impact on school opening hours, at the same time, it will also make childcare much cheaper. ”Care responsibilities still fall more on women.” said Cornmann.

Additionally, the housing market also needs to be targeted, especially the lack of private rental accommodation which is not supported by regulations of social housing.

Cornmann said that ”there is no silver bullet and the OECD does not recommend extreme measures.”

On the other hand, Stef Blok, the minister of Dutch economic affairs greeted the recommendations of the report, however, he also said that it’s in the government’s hands to take action.

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