Prinsjesdag


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Prinsjesdag

Third Tuesday in September
The state opening of Parliament in the Netherlands takes place on the third Tuesday in September at the 13th-century Ridderzaal, or Knights' Hall, in The Hague. Queen Beatrix rides to Parliament in a golden coach drawn by eight horses. She is received by the two houses of Parliament—the Upper House and the Lower House, corresponding to the Senate and the House of Representatives in the United States—to whom she addresses her speech outlining the government's intended majority program for the coming year.
A similar ceremony is observed in Great Britain ( see State Opening of Parliament).
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These projections are presented in CPB s Macro Economic Outlook 2014, traditionally published every year on Prinsjesdag (the day of the King s Speech, which sets out the main features of government policy for the coming year).
L'enquete est publiee alors que le gouvernement s'apprete a presenter au Prinsjesdag (jour du prince), le 17 septembre, son budget annuel et sa politique gouvernementale pour 2014, qui sera marquee par des mesures d'austerites supplementaires, contestees par plusieurs parties.
1) Thus spoke Queen Beatrix on Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day), the third Tuesday in September, when she traditionally gave her 'Speech from the Throne', written by the government, outlining their plans for the coming parliamentary year.