The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
The Netherlands showed strong growth and employment performance owing to its fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. Executive Directors commended the sound macroeconomic and structural policies, which have raised potential output, kept inflation low, and promoted strong employment growth. They underscored the need for prudent fiscal policy, and welcomed the budget balance, support for trade liberalization, and the soundness of the financial system. They emphasized the need to address labor market weaknesses, and improve product market performance to sustain economic growth.