There have been reports saying that the tax law in the Netherlands is costing hundreds of millions a year in less-developed countries, but Dutch Finance Secretary Frans Weekers denied this information.
The FN union claims that five Dutch staffing firms are non-compliant in the collective agreements of the Netherlands, according to the website Staffing Industry Analysts.
The Netherlands will aid Ethiopia to develop its sesame market competitively in the international sesame market according to the Ethiopian business site 2merkato.
The Dutch agricultural industry and the Western Cape provincial government collaborating to develop the local agro-processing sector and boost Western Cape’s market share in Europe, according to business site BDlive.
The news site ngrguardiannews reported that the Netherlands and the Federal Government of Nigeria are planning to build an agro-industrial park under a seal pact held in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion (AZPROMO) announced that the city of Baku will host the Azerbaijan-Belgium-Netherlands business forum on June 13.
Owners of cafes that serve Grolsch beer, are afraid that the action of Grolsch , where they give coupons which gives right to a free second beer, will lead to alcohol abuse under young people. This was reported by the Telegraaf.
Content Management AG (CM-AG) announced that Hostnet, one of the top Dutch hosting providers, is the first to launch the Dutch-version of CM4all Sites.
Wakker Dier announced on Sunday that from August on, no plofkip will be used anymore in baby food of the drugstore chain Kruidvat.
Kruidvat writes in a letter to Wakker Dier that ‘the use of plofkip is not in accordance with the aim, to choose as much as possible for responsible ingredients’. A plofkip is a chicken which is brought in a short time to a desired weight, with all kind of negative effects for the chicken itself.
One out of five students is bullied during their internship. This can be found in the National Internship Monitor 2013, which is an investigation by the Erasmus University and the Student Bureau, a search site for internships, this was reported by the AD on Wednesday.
According to the investigation, about 20 percent of the 1400 students, who were followed, were scolded, belittled or ignored. Sometimes they are also victim to abuse of authority or gossiping.
The store chain HEMA had a net profit of 6.4 million euro in 2012, while in 2011 it had a net profit of 11.4 million. The turnover increased by 0.3 percent to 1.153 billion euro. This was reported on Wednesday.
HEMA has had to deal with a worsening economy, a decrease in consumer confidence and the VAT increase, which put pressure on the margins. In light of the circumstances, chairman Ronald van Zetten thinks HEMA has done well.
At the shareholders meeting of Heineken on Thursday, there was some commotion about the move of the Supervisory Board to grant CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer two extraordinary bonuses, one for his contributions to the acquisition of beverage group APB. 20 percent of the represented shareholders voted against the proposals, but at the end of the meeting Van Boxmeer was 4 million richer.
The economic crisis brings gasoline stations to the brink of a price war. Paul van Selms of United Consumers says while there is less gasoline consumption, there is a growing number of manned and unmanned gasoline stations. Because of this, many stations start special promotions, which could eventually lead to bankruptcy.
Dutch airline KLM is experiencing a large ICT failure since last night. Customers cannot check in online or book tickets. The organization advises travelers to come to the airport earlier to check in there. The flight schedule is not affected.
“This must be a mistake,” thought Said Basir when he found a phone bill of about 20,000 euro on his doormat last month. His bill is normally around 100 euro. However, after several reminder letters from his provider KPN/Telfort, it seemed the bill was not an error.
This Amsterdam citizen will have to pay thousands of dollars, which he cannot afford. “I do not even earn that amount in a year,” said a crestfallen Said to AT5. Moreover, he knows “100 percent sure” that he did not consume so much mobile data (10GB).
In the next seven years retail space in urban areas will decrease with 2 million square meters. Consultancy firm Booz & Company reported this at the request of the Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad.
68 million euro of unused phone credit expires every month. That is on average 8 euros per person per month. The Dutch consumers union, de Consumentenbond, announced this on Tuesday. The union sent a petition to the government to change the expiry date of credit to a least a year after it was bought.
Department store Marks & Spencer will open its doors on the Kalverstraat 226 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. A Dutch representative of the British company said that they expect a big spectacle with long queues when they open at exactly 11.30am.
Most Dutch experienced a reduction in their salary last year. Wages decreased most in the agricultural sector (-6,6 percent) and in hospitality (-3,5 percent). Employment website Monsterboard concluded this after questioning 14 thousand people for the Wage Index, de Loonwijzer.
House prices still decrease, but not as fast as in 2012. The bottom of the market is in sight. NVM, the biggest broker organization in the Netherlands, announced on Thursday that the average price of a house is now 206 thousand euro, 5,5 percent lower than a year ago.
“Health insurance needs to become cheaper after the providers made a profit of 1,4 billion euro last year”. A representative of patient association NPCF said that on Thursday.
The measures that ING has taken against new cyber attacks seem to bear fruit, according to a spokesperson of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in response to new problems, which the bank was able to remedy within 20 minutes. “Last week the internet banking system was down for hours and now it was over in a couple of minutes.”
ING has no idea why the last week it has been the victim of a DDoS attack several times. A spokesperson of ING said on Radio 1 this morning, “The company is not threatened or extorted.”
Albert Heijn is going to replace the “Euro Shop” products with those from the “AH Basic” label. The first five products will be replaced in the next five weeks and it is expected that a total of 500 Euro Shop products will be all replaced within this year.
The change of the packaging is due to an inconsistency between price and quality.