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Dick Dolman, former President of the House of Representatives: "face and guardian of parliamentary democracy"
Immediately after Prince's Day, the leaders of the parliamentary groups discuss the headlines of the Budget Memorandum and the national budget. This debate is called the "General Political Debate on the Budget Memorandum". It is normally held on the Wednesday and Thursday following Prince's Day, but this year, it will take place on Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 September.
18 September 2018, the third Tuesday in September, is "Prince's Day" (Prinsjesdag) in the Netherlands. On that day, King Willem-Alexander delivers the so-called "Speech from the Throne" (Troonrede), in his capacity as Head of State. He does so on behalf of the Government, in the Hall of Knights in the Binnenhof in The Hague. Subsequently, the Minister of Finance presents his "third-Tuesday-of-September"-briefcase to the President of the House of Representatives. This briefcase contains the Government's financial plans for the coming year. Prince's Day is an important day in Dutch politics, as it marks the start of the new parliamentary year.
On Thursday, 15 March 2018, the standing committee on Infrastructure and Water Management had a debate with Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, state secretary of Infrastructure and Water Management, about the circular economy. Deposit on plastic bottles was one of the items on the agenda.