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Social Economic Council

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Social Economic Council

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This article is part of a series on the
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Building of the SER (The Hague)

The Sociaal-Economische Raad (Social and Economic Council; SER) is a major economic advisory council of the corporatist and social market economy known as the polder model and the main platform for social dialogue.


The SER was founded in 1950. It was founded after a long debate about the economic order of the Netherlands. The two main governing parties of the time, the Catholic Second World War.

In the 1950s and 60s the SER was particularly successful in ensuring economic growth by close cooperation between government, trade unions and employers' organizations. In the 1970s because of rising political Senate and House of Representatives were granted the right to submit enquiry commissions to the SER.


The SER has three main goals for Dutch social-economic policy:


The SER has thirty-three members. It consists of three sections, which each have eleven members in the council. These sections are trade unions, employers' organizations and government appointed members, the so-called Crown members. The trade union-members are appointed from the three major unions: LTO (1). The government-appointed members are normally professors of economics or related fields and they include representatives of the economic planning agency CPB and the central bank DNB. The board of the SER is formed by four members of each section. The chair of the organization is always a government appointee.

The SER heads and oversees the system of sector-based regulatory organizations. These organizations can like other governments, provinces, water boards etc. enforce legislation for their members, in this case companies. The SER is financed by levies which companies pay to the chambers of commerce. It spends €14 million a year.


See also

External links

  • SER official website
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