Press releases

January 24, 2019

The Netherlands is an important link in the chain of diverting income flows: broader use of withholding taxes is necessary to combat international tax avoidance

Sixty percent of the royalties that flow via the Netherlands go directly to tax haven Bermuda. Outgoing interest flows are diverted less often to tax havens: around 20 percent. In addition, some 25% of the outgoing...

December 19, 2018

CPB: Economy doing well, but past its peak

For next year, a continued robust Dutch economic growth of 2.2% is projected. However, looking at growth percentages of 2.9% in 2017 and 2.6% in 2018, economic growth is past its peak and levelling off.

September 18, 2018

Economy flourishes, but international uncertainties are increasing

The Dutch economy continues to flourish, with growth figures of 2.8% this year and 2.6% in 2019. Unemployment will drop to 3.5%, and most households will experience an increase in purchasing power.

August 16, 2018

The economy is flourishing

The Dutch economy is developing favourably, according to the latest projections by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. This year, economic growth will be 2.8%, and next year this will be 2.5%.

June 19, 2018

Continuing growth, increasing political risk

The positive economic development in the Netherlands is continuing. The slight setback during the first quarter is expected to be only temporary, although the period of peak economic growth is probably behind us. The Dutch economy is benefiting from the excellent growth in world trade and domestic dynamics, but political risks have increased on an international level. Political developments in Italy and around the Brexit have their immediate effect on the Dutch economy, as does the developing conflict with the United States over international trade. The trade restrictions implemented to date will lead to sectoral adjustments, although the impact on global growth levels is only negligible. However, escalation could have far-reaching consequences and may lead to substantial long-term GDP losses.

March 6, 2018

Dutch economy outperforms that of the eurozone

The Dutch economy is gathering steam. With growth figures of 3.2% (this year) and 2.7% (in 2019), the Dutch economy will outperform the eurozone by on average 0.6 percentage point, per year. Unemployment is rapidly decreasing to its lowest level since 2001.

December 20, 2017

December projections 2017: economic boom and expansive budget

Economic growth is projected to continue in 2018. GDP will increase by more than 3%, as it did in 2017. These are the highest growth percentages since 2007. Therefore, by next year, we can speak of an economic boom. All forms of spending will contribute to growth.

September 19, 2017

Flourishing economy; tighter labour market

The Dutch economy is flourishing. The Netherlands is a frontrunner in Europe, with growth figures of 3.3% (this year) and 2.5% (2018). Government finances are healthy. For both years, there is a budget surplus, and the government debt is below the maximum budget deficit set by the EU. In addition, the labour market is improving, which means it is tightening.

August 16, 2017

Strong acceleration of economic growth

The Dutch economy is well on the rise, according to the latest projections by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. For this year, economic growth is projected to increase to 3.3%, thanks to a very strong second quarter. This would be the first time since the beginning of the crisis (2007) that growth is higher than 3%. For 2018, the economic outlook has also been revised upward, when CPB projects growth to reach 2.5%.

June 14, 2017

The lights are green for the Dutch economy

The lights are green for the economy of the Netherlands; it is growing and employment is increasing, leading to a decrease in unemployment to 4.7%. The government budget will result in a surplus, for both 2017 and 2018 . Wage and price developments, however, are expected to lag behind.