Irish low-cost airline Ryanair lashed out at Amsterdam tourism company Amsterdam Marketing following statements by CEO Frans van der Avert about budget airlines and house sharing destroying European cities, naming Ryanair and Airbnb specifically. Instead of disrespecting other companies and the millions of tourists who visit Amsterdam each year, critique should fall on the leadership of the organization responsible of running Amsterdam tourism, Ryanair marketing director Kenny Jacobs said to Irish newspaper The Journal.
Greenpeace, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib and BankTrack filed a joint complaint against ING over the bank's continued investment in fossil fuels. According to the organization, ING still invests billions of euros in fossil energy and is thereby violating OECD guidelines, BNR reports.
A massive 73 percent of students in the Netherlands pay too much in rent, according to a study by national student union LSVb. On average student rents are 55 euros per month higher than allowed by the property valuation point system. Amsterdam students are worst off - 80 percent pay an average of 115 euros too much rent per month, ANP reports.
Flag vendors and sellers noticed an increase in the sale of the controversial orange-white-blue Prince flag, best known as a symbol for Dutch Nazi sympathizers and fascist party NSB, BNR reports after surveying a number of flag vendors. According to the results, the flag currently crosses counters dozens of times a year.
Football club Roda JC put the acquisition of the club by Aleksei Korotaev "on-hold" on Thursday after it was revealed that he's been in a Dubai prison since February. A number of stakeholders are worried about the Kerkrade club's future should this deal fall through.
Youth unemployment in Amsterdam is continuing its steady decline. Last year 6.8 percent of the young people in the Dutch capital not following a form of education, were unemployed. In 2015 it was 9.3 percent and in 2014 it was 13.3 percent, according to figures from Amsterdam's statistics agency OIS.
Unemployment among young people that are not studying is significantly lower in Amsterdam than in the other large Dutch cities. In Rotterdam 16 percent of this group is unemployed. In The Hague it's 18 percent.
PostNL and AliExpress made a deal in which the Dutch postal service will deliver a large part of the Chinese internet marketplace's packages in the Netherlands. According to the companies, this collaboration means that AliExpress customers in the Netherlands can expect delivery of their packages within five to seven days, ANP reports.
The two companies announced the deal on Thursday, though did not reveal any of the financial details about the agreement.
AliExpress has more than 100 million customers worldwide. It is part of Chinese online marketplace Alibaba.
Lawyer Alexander Colenbrander is preparing a mass lawsuit against Schiphol on behalf of people who missed their flights due to long lines at the airport's security checkpoints during the May holiday. People who missed their flight and want to claim their expenses back, can report to a new Utrecht company Claimingo, AD reports.
A number of advertisers are pulling their ads from controversial Dutch sites Dumpert and GeenStijl, following accusations of sexism. Both sites belong to the Telegraaf Media Group, NOS reports.
Every month hundreds of suspicious seafaring ships enter Dutch waters without being checked, AD reports based ona data analysis made by maritime information company Winward. The ships change their identification numbers or turn off their GPS systems to hide which ports they came from, according to the newspaper.
"Such actions can be an indication of illegal activity", Ami Daniel, director of Winward, said to the newspaper.
Dutch railway company NS is circumventing the Dutch Tax Authorities using its subsidiary Abellio in Ireland, Trouw reported on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Finance previously instructed NS to stop these tax evasion practices.
Abellio set up an Irish company called Disa Assets Limited late last year, according to documents from the Irish Chamber of Commerce. NS used this company to fund trains for a tender on the German track. According to the newspaper, the sole purpose of this new subsidiary is to pay as little tax as possible.
The city of Amsterdam is working on obliging residents who want to rent out their property through Airbnb, to report it to the municipality, housing alderman Laurens Ivens said to Nieuwsuur. Those who fail to report their listing, will be fined.
"People must report it if they are going to rent out [their home], so we can keep track of whether they rent their property for too long. And if they don't, a penalty, a fine, will follow", Ivens said.
First time home buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to find a home in the Netherlands according to De Hypotheekshop. Homes with price tags below 200 thousand euros are particularly running out, NOS reports.
Henry Keizer is temporarily stepping down as chairman of the VVD while the party's Integrity Committee investigates a seemingly shady business deal he was involved in in 2012. The VVD stands behind Keizer as he awaits the outcome of the investigation, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, BNR reports.
Schiphol is setting in extra personnel to work at security check points during busy periods this summer. The airport came to this decision following endlessly long lines and waiting times during the May holidays, CEO Jos Nijhuis said to AD.
The Dutch government is paying much more than necessary for its new airplane - a Boeing 737 Business Jet, NRC reports based on information and documents from stakeholders. According to the newspaper, the government rejected an offer from Boeing competitor Airbus for a similar device that was nearly 18 million euros cheaper. Airbus was also able to deliver the plane earlier than Boeing, according to NRC.
The number of Airbnb bookings in Amsterdam grew by 125 percent over the past year - last year almost 1.7 million overnight stays in the Dutch capital were booked through the home sharing site, according to research by property adviser Colliers International and Hothelschool The Hague. In 2016 Airbnb held 10.7 percent of Amsterdam's overnight housing market, double the 5.4 percent it held in 2015, NOS reports.
More than two out of ten employees in the Netherlands say they are unhappy with their job’s salary, reports the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) based on data collected in the fourth quarter of 2015. However, the percentages strongly vary between sectors. Almost four out of ten persons employed by government institutions said they were dissatisfied with their income.
The financing for famous Dutch space project Mars One is being scrutinized. According to Financieele Dagblad, it seems like the project may have been hijacked by investment fraudsters.
Mars One plans to send people to colonize, you guessed it, Mars and then make a global reality TV show of it. The main role players get a one way ticket to the red planet and then their lives will be followed and broadcast live for 15 years.
This year the Royal Family will cost the government budget, and Dutch taxpayers, 41.4 million euros, according to Business Insider. That includes the "constitutional benefit" for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix as well as expense compensation for them.
The University of Amsterdam is launching a test run in allowing part-time students to pay tuition per subject they take, instead of paying for a whole year. The University believes that this will be ideal for motivated students who don't have time to attend university full time because they also work, take care of a family member, have their own business or have to do an internship, Het Parool reports.
VVD chairman Henry Keizer is under fire for a seemingly shady business deal dating from 2012. According to research journalists Follow the Money, Keizer and his business partners bought funeral home De Facultatieve for far below market price. And at the time of the sale, Keizer was not only the buyer, but also the advisor and chairman of the funeral home he eventually bought. Keizer insists he acted with integrity and that "nobody was favored and disadvantaged" in the deal, he said to the press on Friday, NU.nl reports.
Energy consumption in the Netherlands increased by 2 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. The use of natural gas saw the biggest increase, mostly due the colder winter than in 2015, according to the stats office.
It seems that crowded halls, long lines and hours of waiting times at Schiphol airport are here to stay. According to CEO Jos Nijhuis, travelers face at least another 100 "black Saturdays" at the airport this year, and the coming two years will probably be busier. There is no escaping it, he said according to newspaper AD.