22 April 2020 – Implemented measures to support construction and infrastructure work

Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Dutch Government has taken measures to ensure construction and infrastructure work, including on roads, waterways, and bridges, can continue or be accelerated despite COVID-19. A special task force has been established with the construction and engineering sector to identify projects that can be brought forward or carried out immediately. An additional €265 million has been allocated to this work over the next two years, as well as an extra €150 million towards work on waterways this year.

The Government, along with banks, industry associations and the construction and engineering sector, have signed a joint declaration to continue ‘Building the Netherlands Together’. The aim is to ensure ther is continuity across the sector, including maintaining employment, cash-flow, building materials, and a robust and safe working environment during COVID-19. It also seeks to reinforce the sector’s commitment to reducing the housing shortage and transitioning to a sustainable built environment, in addition to the acceleration of infrastructure projects.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/04/22/van-nieuwenhuizen-neemt-maatregelen-voor-versnelling-infraprojecten