What entrepreneurs need to know about Prinsjesdag

The government will announce its plans for next year on Budget Day, known in the Netherlands as Prinsjesdag. This budget can impact the plans of business owners. But what exactly is Prinsjesdag?

Budget Day, known in the Netherlands as Prinsjesdag, takes place on the third Tuesday of September every year. On that day, the king delivers the budget speech from the throne. With this, he talks about the most important government plans for the coming year. After the speech, the Minister of Finance presents a briefcase to the House of Representatives on behalf of the government. This suitcase contains the National Budget ('Rijksbegroting') and the Budget Memorandum ('Miljoenennota').

Can the government's plans change?

On Prinsjesdag, the government presents the National Budget and Budget Memorandum. The Budget Memorandum contains the government's plans for next year. But will all those plans be implemented? In the week following Budget Day, the parliamentary debates are held. In these, the members of parliament discuss the Budget Memorandum and the National Budget. The government can then adjust plans. The Lower and Upper Houses must approve the national budget before 1 January of the following year.

Why is Prinsjesdag important for businesses?

On Prinsjesdag, the government presents the most important budget plans for the next year. These can be positive or negative for entrepreneurs, and affect certain choices they make. For example, it may be more favourable to postpone an investment because the government plans to introduce a new subsidy scheme.

During Prinsjesdag 2023, the Netherlands is ruled by a caretaker government. It is expected that the National Budget will contain fewer budget plans. Read why