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Apr 21 '17 10:40

T-Mobile's data free music bundle does not violate net neutrality regulations, the court of Rotterdam ruled on Thursday. The Dutch telecom company can therefore keep offering it to its clients, NU.nl reports.

The telecom company turned to court after the Dutch Authority for Consumer and Market (ACM) ordered T-Mobile to suspend the service in December. According to the ACM, data free music streaming is in violation of Dutch net neutrality, making it detrimental for competition among internet services.

Apr 20 '17 17:30

Poultry farmers in the Netherlands no longer have to keep their animals caged. The bird flu risk in the Netherlands is officially gone and State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs decided to lift this and other measures, which have been , RTL Nieuws reports.

Airbnb
Apr 20 '17 16:55

Three French couples were very disappointed when the arrived in Amsterdam for Easter weekend to find that their 1,000 euro per night Airbnb listing consisted of one tiny room with only one real bed and two air mattresses. The renter was fined 20,500 euros on Wednesday for breaking Amsterdam's Airbnb rules, Het Parool reports.

Looking for a job
Apr 20 '17 16:20

Unemployment in the Netherlands dropped by an average of 6 thousand people per month during the first three months of this year, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands. In March a total of 463 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed, 5.1 percent of the working population. In March last year, there were 574 thousand unemployed.

The number of people with paid work increased by an average of 14 thousand per month over the past three months. At the end of March benefits agency UWV was paying 415 thousand unemployment benefits, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

Apr 20 '17 11:05

Dutch telecom companies KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Vodafone all have world-class mobile networks, according to German bureau P3 in its annual network test. P3 called the results of the Dutch networks "impressive", AD reports.

Apr 20 '17 10:30

About 90 percent of popular Dutch-language YouTube vlogs contain advertisements for products, usually in the form of the vlogger promoting the product, according to the Dutch media commission CvdM. In three quarters of these cases, it is not clear whether the video is sponsored or not, Nieuwsuur reports.

This is the first time the CvdM is investigating advertisements in YouTube videos. Late last year the CvdM ruled that vloggers are not allowed to make hidden advertisements - if a vlogger discusses a sponsored product, he or she must clearly state that. 

Apr 20 '17 09:52

Dutch young people would rather have a nice job with an average salary, than a boring but well-paid job, according to a survey the Utrecht University did on behalf of YoungCapital employment agency. Utrecht University questioned 3,721 millennials - born between 1980 and 1999 - from eight European countries about what they look for in a job, Financieele Dagblad reports. 

Sushi
Apr 19 '17 14:30

The tax authorities investigative department FIOD arrested two persons in charge of a well known sushi chain in Rotterdam on Tuesday on suspicion of large-scale fraud, AD reports.

A criminal investigation was launched into the duo after a tax audit at one of the sushi restaurants revealed that data was deleted from the point-of-sale system. The tax authorities believe that this was done to skim revenue.

Skimming revenue in order to evade taxes is considered fraud. According to FIOD it distorts competition and harms tax payers.

Apr 19 '17 13:55

DJ Martin Garrix is taking over FC Walvisch recording studio on Wenckebachweg in Amsterdam Oost. The studio will continue under the nae STMPD recording studios, named after the record company Garrix founded himself, Het Parool reports.

FC Walvisch boasts an impressive list of artists who recorded there, including Pharrel Williams, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, The Script, David Guetta and Martin Garrix himself. Martin Walvisch, founder of the studio, and his team are also moving over to STMPD recording studios. 

Apr 19 '17 12:10

Even more Dutch are connected to the scandal than was previously known, according to a new investigation of the Papers done by Financieele Dagblad. According to FD, Dutch trust office Haags Juristen College (HJC) created over 200 partnerships for Dutch in Panama and Seychelles with constructions to hide assets.

Henk Kamp
Apr 19 '17 08:26

The Dutch government is reducing gas extraction in Groningen by a further 10 percent based on advice from the State supervision on mines SodM that this is the only way to reduce the chance of heavy earthquakes in the region, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday. This year 24 billion cubic meters of gas can be extracted in Groningen, as of October 1st that will be reduced to 21.6 billion cubic meters, NU.nl reports.

Apr 18 '17 16:00

Rabobank is considering removing ATMs from populated areas following a series of ATM bombings in the Netherlands. An investigation into which ATMs form a risk to local residents was launched two weeks ago an accelerated after an ATM bombing in Doetinchem on Monday. The bank is particularly looking at ATMs that have people living next to or above it, the Gelderlander reports.

Apr 18 '17 14:15

The use of plastic bags dropped 71 percent since the Dutch government , according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on the results of the ban. Some 300 retailers were questioned about their experience with the free plastic bag ban, NU.nl reports.

Hemweg coal plant in Amsterdam
Apr 18 '17 10:45

A c to close the Amsterdam coal plant on Hemweg collected over 5 million euros. Over 41 thousand people and organizations supported the campaign.

At 10:20 a.m. on Monday the campaign raised 5,085,395 euros from 41,547 supporters. The objective of the campaign is to buy the Hemweg plant from owner Nuon and then close it. 

Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
Apr 14 '17 15:32

With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.

Vincent van den Boogert in 2017
Apr 13 '17 16:15

ING Netherlands announced its appointment of Vincent van den Boogert as its new CEO. He takes over for Nick Jue, who was named CEO of ING’s Germany operations, pending regulatory approval there.

Boogert, 46, is currently on the bank’s board, overseeing customer interfacing at the Dutch bank. He is a long-time veteran at the bank, having started there in 1995. He has worked for the bank in a variety of management roles in the Netherlands and Turkey.

Apr 13 '17 15:30

The Dutch housing market continues to recover and the recovery can now also be seen in areas outside the big cities and the Randstad, according to quarterly figures by realtors association NVM. Amsterdam is still in the lead when it comes to housing prices. The average price of a home in the Dutch capital was 20 percent higher in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same quarter last year. The national average home price increased by almost 9 percent, the Volkskrant reports.

Three groups of tourists on walking tours try to cross the Damrak in Amsterdam Centrum, 13 Apr 2017
Apr 13 '17 08:57

About 950 thousand foreign tourists will spend Easter weekend in the Netherlands, according to calculations by NBTC Holland Marketing. "It is expected to be very busy", a spokesperson said to NOS. "In comparison with last year, we expect 100 thousand more tourists."

Most foreign visitors come from Germany, about 600 thousand. And over 200 thousand Belgians are expected to visit this weekend. In both countries spring break coincided with the Easter weekend. Some 300 thousand Dutch will also spend Easter in the Netherlands.

Apr 13 '17 08:26

Primary school teachers in the Netherlands are demanding higher salaries and smaller class sizes. If the new government does not address both these issues in their coalition agreement, the teachers will strike for a week. "The willingness to act is greater than ever before", Jan van de Ven, teacher in Overloon and spokesperson for primary school teacher action group PO in Actie, said to newspaper AD. The strike will be "probably in September, and not in a nice week that matches with the holiday."

Apr 13 '17 07:31

State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure fined NS 1.25 million euros for its disappointing performance on the high speed line to Belgium. Track manager ProRail was fined 1.05 million euros for not complying with agreements made with Dijksma. If NS does not meet the required performance this year, the rail company will be forced to work with competitors, AD reports.

Donald Trump
Apr 12 '17 14:15

Two Dutch models who worked for American president Donald Trump's modeling company early this century, were instructed by Trump Models to lie to customs officials about why they were visiting the United States, so that they could work in the U.S. without a work visa, Business Insider reports after speaking to the two models.

Apr 12 '17 13:40

Shareholders in Dutch paint company Akzo Nobel are calling for a board shakeup and for CEO Antony Burgmans to be removed after Akzo immediately r by American rival PPG Industries, Reuters reports. Elliott Investors, one of Akzo's largest investors, managed to get the necessary 10 percent investors support to call an extraordinary shareholders meeting to vote on removing Burgmans. 

Apr 11 '17 16:05

Fathers deserve to have just as much paternity leave at the birth of their child as mothers do, according to 25 organizations united under  Fathers in the Netherlands currently get two days paid leave and can take another three days unpaid leave. But if it is up to Fathers Want Leave, new dads will get three months of paid paternity leave - the same as new moms.

Apr 11 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to ban beer bikes from the city center as of November 1st, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council on Monday, Het Parool reports.

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