Block: The Cabinet cannot back down after the Shell decision

The government sees it as a “sensitive loss” Shell also chose the UK after Unilever. On Monday morning, Blok began calling Foreign Minister Hans Vellbreev (Finance) with the six centrist parties VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie.

The minister says such a round of calls is “quite normal”. “This is part of our job.” It makes sense that a dividend tax is set. “This is the elephant in the room we’re going to appoint, of course,” Block says in response to harsh criticism from PvdA and GroenLinks. He also notes that left-wing parties also regret Shell’s departure.

More insight into the business climate

In turn, PvdA MP Gjs van Dijk says the Cabinet has always cited its outgoing status as a reason to be reluctant to take structural measures. “But Shell is leaving and in the course of a morning there is contact with the PvdA and other groups,” the Social Democrat sighs. According to him, the ministerial team “has no response to the needs of society”, but wants to move quickly to keep Shell in the Netherlands.

The coalition parties D66 and CDA want the Cabinet to have a more view of the business climate.

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