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Dec 23 '16 11:30

The quality of Dutch consumer fireworks seems to be slipping. A quarter of the fireworks tested in 2016 did not meet the safety requirements, according to the Environment and Transport Inspectorate. That is slightly more than in previous years, the Volkskrant reports.

Dutch government plane, PH-KBX
Dec 23 '16 10:12

The Dutch government has put the government plane - a Fokker 70 with the registration PH-KBX - up for sale. The plane is listed on an online market place for airplanes, ANP reports.

How much the government expects to make from the sale is not yet clear. The ad on the site avbuyer.com states that the plane is in an "excellent condition" and only has 8,514 flight hours on its clock. The add also has fotos of the planes interior.

The government wants to buy a new government plane in May of next year. That is expected to cost between 50 and 90 million euros. 

Dec 23 '16 09:59

Delta Lloyd is being acquired by NN Group. The insurance companies came to an agreement on a takeover amount of 2.5 billion euros, the largest takeover in the Dutch insurance industry ever, the Volkskrant reports.

Dec 22 '16 12:30

Doctors and medical specialists in the Netherlands more often prescribe more expensive drugs if the drugs are from the pharmaceutical company that pays their sponsorship money, according to a study done by the Volkskrant and health insurer VGZ. 

Dec 22 '16 12:00

Online store Bol.com has to stop selling fireworks, because it is illegal to send fireworks by post. The online store removed all fireworks from its website after a reminder from the Environment and Transport Inspectorate, AD reports.

According to the newspaper, about 225 different types of fireworks were for sale on Bol.com, ranging from sparklers to fireworks packages. But the Inspectorate does not differentiate between types of fireworks - no fireworks may be sent by post, a spokesperson said to AD.

Dec 22 '16 11:30

A total of 17 executives in the Dutch public- and semi-public sector earned more than a ministerial salary of 178 thousand euros per year in 2015. That means that they were in violation of the Netherlands' income standard, according to the annual report on executive salaries. In some cases the money was recovered, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs said, according to ANP.

Dec 22 '16 09:00

In the third quarter of this year, Schiphol and Eindhoven airport both accommodated a record number of passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. At Schiphol 18.6 million passengers crossed the floor, an 8 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Eindhoven had 1.5 million passengers, a 15 percent increase.

According to Statistics Netherlands, these two Dutch airports have seen an increase in passenger each quarter for the past six years. 

Dec 21 '16 16:05

The future holds better education, more space for the individual and more customization when it comes to work and learning for the Netherlands, according to the social and cultural planning office SCP's expectation for the Netherlands in 2050. But with that bigger disparities between people who can and can not keep up with developments and a bigger economic divide, NU.nl reports. 

The SCP published its report titled "Into the future" on Wednesday. It discusses the main issues the Netherlands will face between now and 2050.

Dec 21 '16 13:45

Dutch pilots association VNV is worried that aviation safety falls below budgeting interests on the priority lists of especially low-cost airlines, a spokesperson said to NRC. The association calls for measures to improve safety in air traffic.

Dec 21 '16 13:10

NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports. 

The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great. 

Dec 21 '16 10:50

Dutch banks still generally fall seriously short when it comes to climate policy and that sets the organizations behind, according to a new report published by the Fair Bank Guide on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Only SNS, ASN and Triodos scored well on their climate policy. Aegon, ING, ABN Amro, Rabobank, Delta Lloyd and Van Lanschot all scored an insufficient. According to the researchers, most Dutch banks don't require oil companies to prevent drilling in the fragile Arctic. They also don't publish measurable CO2 reduction targets for the companies in which the invest. 

Dec 21 '16 10:13

Twitter is closing its office in Amsterdam's Zuidas. As of January 1st, an external company is taking over Twitter's advertising sales in the Netherlands. 

Twitter has been struggling with disappointing growth in the number of users and is still operating at a loss. While the latest quarterly figures were reasonably good - revenue increased by 8 percent to 616 dollar - the social media company still suffered a 103 million dollar loss.

Twitter therefore immediately announces a round of sizeable cutbacks. The closure of the Amsterdam office is part of this. 

 

Jasper Rijpma
Dec 20 '16 11:40

Jasper Rijpma, teacher at Amsterdam's Hyperion Lyceum, was named one of the world's top 50 educators. He is on the shortlist of the prestigious Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. The Amsterdam teacher made the top 50 out of more than 20 thousand nominations, RTL Nieuws reports.

Anti tourism graffiti on Egelantierstraat in Amsterdam, 8 Dec 2016
Dec 19 '16 11:40

Amsterdam activists have taken to writing on the walls in protest against the vast number of tourists in the city. At least two homes spray painted with the words "Stop mass tourism". The homes involved - a houseboat on Lijnbaansgracht and a house on Egelantiersstraat - are believed to be illegal hotels. 

An European Mink
Dec 16 '16 16:45

On Friday the Supreme court upheld the legal ban on breeding and slaughtering mink for fur. According to the court, the law banning fur farms is not in breach of the human rights convention, NU.nl reports.

The ban on mink fur farming took effect in the Netherlands on January 15th, 2013. The law states that it is illegal to breed or kill an animal for its fur because it is not ethically defensible. For existing mink farms, the ban only takes effect from January 1st, 20124. The transition period is to give mink fur farmers tie to recoup their investments. 

Dec 16 '16 15:00

KLM and pilots union VNV reached an agreement on a pension scheme for the pilots, the union confirmed to NU.nl. This means that all planned labor actions are now off the table and both parties stopped

According to VNV, with this agreement KLM is preventing "rising labor unrest among its pilot corps". The union would not expand on the price details of the agreement.

Asylum seekers
Dec 16 '16 11:30

The Dutch government is doing too little to help refugees find work, according to the social economic council SER in a report released on Friday, ANP reports.

The SER is an advisory body of employers, trade unions and independent experts.

Refugees who were granted asylum in the Netherlands since 2013 have to pay for their integration course themselves. According to the SER, this is a big problem. Only 10 percent of people who received refugee status last year found a job relatively quickly, according to figures from the municipalities. The rest have to live on welfare. 

Dec 16 '16 10:19

Achmea is cutting about 2 thousand jobs in the Netherlands between now and 2019, the insurer announced on Thursday, ANP reports.

According to the insurer, these job cuts are necessary due to the further digitization and the changing needs of the customer. "A further decrease in our costs and number of jobs is inevitable", the insurer said. Achmea hopes to cut costs by at least 200 million euros in the next few years.

Dec 15 '16 16:25

On Thursday a bank employee was suspended from working as a loan officer for six months because she looked at the information of multiple customers without having business related reasons to do so. She is thereby the first banker to be punished for violating the , which was implemented in April last year, ANP reports.

ADO Den Haag mural
Dec 15 '16 13:16

Kyocera is dropping out as sponsor for ADO Den Haag early next year, was revealed in court in Amsterdam on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by ADO Den Haag against it's main shareholder United Vansen and its owner Hui Wang, ANP reports. 

Dutch football association KNVB also relegated ADO Den Haag to the worrisome category 1, which means that the club is now under the guardianship of the association. 

Oudezijds Voorburgwal Canal in front of the St. Nicolas Church, Amsterdam
Dec 15 '16 12:00

Amsterdam is officially freezing the construction of any new hotels in the majority of the city, alderman Kasja Ollongren announced on Thursday. This measure forms part of the fight against overcrowding in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

The municipality designated a number of neighborhoods, covering almost the entire city center and popular neighborhoods including Zuid, Oost and West, in which no more hotels will open from next year. Any application to open a hotel will be rejected immediately.

Dec 15 '16 10:45

Children of non-Western immigrants are performing better in school and more often make it through college or university. But this progress is not yet reflected in an improvement in their position on the labor market, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Thursday. 

Looking for a job
Dec 15 '16 08:20

Unemployment in the Netherlands continued its slight decline in November and for the first time since 2012 the number of unemployed in the country dropped below 500 thousand, Statistics Netherlands said on Thursday.

Last month there were 499 thousand unemployed people in the Netherlands, compared to 502 thousand in October. The unemployment rate remained stable at 5.6 percent of the workforce. Between September and November, the number of unemployed fell by an average of 7 thousand per month.

Dec 14 '16 15:55

Dutch workers can count on an average 2.5 percent wage increase next year according to international consultancy firm Korn Ferry Hay Group. At 2.5 percent, the Netherlands' workers is getting a bigger increase than the 2.1 percent average for Western Europe, ANP reports.

Korn Ferry hay Group annually studies salary expectations as predicted by personnel departments world wide. This study is based on a massive database containing data on more than 20 million people spread over 25 thousand organizations in 110 countries. 

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