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Mar 13 '17 08:27

The members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are increasingly meeting in pubs and restaurants in the Netherlands, Zwolle mayor Henk Jan Meijer said to newspaper AD. According to him, this is due to the closing of clubhouses.

Meijer is chairman of a national consultative group that is working to address the problem of motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands. The group is made up of representatives from, among others, the Public Prosecutor, tax investigative authority FIOD, police and local authorities.

An electronic stethoscope
Mar 10 '17 13:45

Rotterdam wants to offer all its residents a health insurance policy with a deductible of only 50 euros. The rest of the legally set healthcare deductible is already included in the slightly higher than normal monthly premium, but lowered thanks to a group discount from the insurer, the Volkskrant reports.

Balconies
Mar 9 '17 16:20

Hundreds of balconies of at least 10 apartment buildings in Venlo are closed to their owners by order of the municipality. There are problems with the reinforcement of the balconies' concrete slabs and the balconies may not be safe, RTL Nieuws reports.

This involves at least 10 apartment buildings that were built in the 1960's on Karel van Egmondstraat, Vinckenhofstraat and Groenstraat. 

Mar 9 '17 15:45

The average age of homebuyers in the Netherlands increased significantly over the past years, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry. That can only partly be explained by the increasing age of the Dutch population, and likely has more to do with stricter mortgage rules and rising property prices, according to the statistics office.

Mar 9 '17 11:40

AkzoNobel rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from American company PPG Industries, the Dutch paint and chemicals company announced on Thursday morning after PPG's bid leaked to the media. According to AkzoNobel, the PPG offer is too low and not in the interest of shareholders, customers or staff, ANP reports.

PPG offered 54 euros in cash and 0.3 PPG shares for each AkzoNobel share. Using the PPG share price on February 28th, the bid amounted to 83 euros per AkzoNobel share. The Dutch company's stock closed at 64.52 euros per share on Wednesday. 

Taco Bell
Mar 9 '17 11:05

An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands  American food chains will be opening in the country  in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Mar 9 '17 10:30

Last year Amsterdam created 1,370 new homes in the city by converting unused office buildings. Over the next two years another 250 vacant office buildings will be converted, creating an estimated 4 thousand new homes, the city announced in a press release.

Mar 9 '17 09:33

Air France-KLM is one of several airlines that may be facing a massive fine from Brussels. The Dutch-French airline is accused of cartel forming in the cargo transit market, ANP reports.

Insiders told the news wire that attempts to negotiate a settlement failed. Which means that fines amounting to millions of euros may be imposed on the involved airlines. 

The authorities suspect 11 airlines for making secret agreements between 1999 and 2006 on how they would deal with fuel and security surcharges and how to ensure that no discounts were granted.

Mar 8 '17 16:20

Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT plans to invest 25 billion euros into green energy infrastructure on land and sea over the next decade, the company announced with its annual results on Wednesday. One of the company's plans is building one or more artificial islands on the North Sea to be the connection between the mainland and thousands of wind turbines far offshore, ANP reports.

Palace Het Loo
Mar 8 '17 15:15

The Het Loo palace in Apeldoorn is largely closing on January 8th next year to undergo major expansion and renovations, which are expected to cost 123 million euros and take more than three years, the Telegraaf reports. 

It is expected that the palace, which is now a museum, will only open again in mid 2021. In the mean time visitors can still access the stables and the gardens and some events will still be held. The entrance fee will be adjusted in this period.

Mar 7 '17 12:55

On Tuesday the court in The Hague ordered the Naturalis museum in Leiden to "immediately" stop renovations to the building. The building's original architect Fons Verheijen filed a lawsuit saying that the renovations infringe on his copyright. The Hague court ruled that the renovations must be stopped until a court ruled on this lawsuit, NU.nl reports. 

A court ruling on Verheijen's lawsuit is expected in May.

Mar 7 '17 11:05

The current group of 65-year-olds and older in the Netherlands is much better off than the 65-plussers of 20 years ago, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. The capital of 65-plus households increased from an average of 22 thousand euros annually in 1995 to 86,500 in 2015, ANP reports. 

The former prison on Havenstraat in Amsterdam in 1964
Mar 6 '17 16:45

The British School of Amsterdam bought the former prison on Havenstraat in Oud-Zuid. The 19th century prison building will be converted into a school for 1,200 kids between the ages of 3 and 18 years, Het Parool reports.

The school signed the final purchase agreement with the municipality of Amsterdam last month. The renovations will start in the spring of 2018 and the school is expected to open in 2020 at the latest.

Mar 6 '17 16:10

Amsterdam is launching an experiment in paying welfare recipients for their voluntary work, alderman Arjan Vliegenthart announced. He set up this experiment in collaboration with neighborhood Oost based on a study that shows that volunteer work is dissatisfying in the long run if there is no reward, Het Parool reports. 

Mar 6 '17 15:35

The escalated on Sunday. Commissioners on the TMG supervisory board suspended the group's CEO Geert-Jan van der Snoek and CFO Leo Epskamp with immediate effect due to a breach of trust, they announced in a statement on Sunday evening, the Volkskrant reports.

Mar 6 '17 10:45

Nearly three-quarters of the total 217 thousand noise complaints about Schiphol Airport last year were made by only 35 people. These so-called constant complainers together submitted 158 thousand complaints, according to figures from the Local Community Contact Center Schiphol, ANP reports.

A total of over 5,900 local residents filed noise complaints about Schiphol last year, an increase of 8.5 percent compared to 2015. The number of constant complainers remained the same. 

Airbnb
Mar 3 '17 13:05

Since autumn last year Amsterdam imposed a total of 526,500 euros in fines for illegal vacation rentals, mostly through sites like Airbnb and Booking.com, the Telegraaf reports.

Mar 3 '17 11:50

ABN Amro and ING are among the best performing banks in Europe, standing at number 2 and 3 on the "profit as a percentage of equity" ranking. Only the Belgian bank KBC performed better and got the first position, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Mar 2 '17 16:15

Six of the ten large Dutch insurers still invest in companies that supply arms and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, according to peace organization Pax in its Fair Insurance Guide. According to the organization, by investing in these companies, the Dutch insurers are violating human rights in Yemen, NOS reports.

Mar 2 '17 14:40

If drinking beer all day and getting paid for it is your idea of a dream job, it's time to send your resume to Amsterdam startup Beerwulf. The yet-to-be established Heineken owned Beerwulf.com is going to be an online platform for beer lovers, and the site is looking for a beer journalist, AT5 reports.

The ideal candidate would be someone who would not mind to spend week after week in the world of beer. Working hours are flexible. The beer journalist will have to go to pubs, supermarkets, breweries and festivals to try beer and write about it. 

Mar 2 '17 09:47

The Dutch government and Dutch companies are very poorly protected against cyber attacks and crime, according to a report by the Rathenau Institute. Current measures against cyber threats are insufficient and strengthening cyber security in the Netherlands should be a higher priority, the report says according to ANP.

The report, titled A never run race was done at the request of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security and intelligence service AIVD.

Taxes
Mar 1 '17 15:25

From today Dutch can start filing their online tax returns. In preparation, the Tax Authorities expanded its capacity so that 70 thousand people can file a return at the same time. Last year only 40 thousand people could file at the same time, soon leading to problems, ANP reports.

"We also took steps this year to make the filing process better than last year", Eline Spros-Vierkant, director of the tax department responsible for the tax returns campaign, said to the news wire. New this year is a tax return checklist, which helps filers avoid common mistakes. 

Mar 1 '17 13:05

Talpa is not giving up in the (TMG), despite the supervisory board's decision to negotiate exclusively with rival Mediahuis about a takeover. On Wednesday morning, Talpa increased its bid to 6.35 euros per share, well above the 5.90 euros per share Mediahuis offered for TMG, Het Parool reports.

Mar 1 '17 09:35

The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.

The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.

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