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Nov 21 '16 10:45

In the first ten months of this year Amsterdam closed a total of 211 illegal hotels - significantly more than the 167 illegal hotels closed in the city in all of 2015, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from Amsterdam alderman Laurens Ivens.

Nov 21 '16 09:50

A special program Apeldoorn launched early this year to help people over 24 years of age leave prostitution, is bearing fruits. So far five women and one man made use of the program to get out of prostitution, the mayor and aldermen announced to the Apeldoorn city council, De Stentor reports.

Nov 21 '16 08:32

Chemical company DuPont apologized for the leakage of hazardous substances on its premises in Dordrecht and for its poor communication about such leakages with local residentsm director Europa Govert Griffioen said to newspaper AD. This is the first time he is substantively talking about two formaldehyde leaks at the company this year. 

Nov 18 '16 15:00

The Dutch government is making it easier for employers to hire people with disabilities. On Friday benefits agency UWV launched an online system that puts employers in contact with disabled people looking for work, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment announced, Trouw reports.

Nov 18 '16 14:25

Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.

The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.

Nov 18 '16 13:50

Rail manager ProRail and NS are working together to establish a team of specialists trained to deal with major disruptions to rail traffic. The team will be called the Centra Monitoring and Decisions Bod and will be headed by ProRail, NOS reports.

The team will gradually start working in January and should be completely operational in March. It will be able to change the trian timetable when things go wrong on the track, with the aim of decreasing delays and inconvenience to travelers. A number of NS employees are transferring to ProRail to strengthen the team.

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Nov 18 '16 13:00

Between mid-2015 and mid-2016 a massive 17 percent of Dutch consumers switched energy providers - a record number, according to the authority for consumers and markets ACM, NU.nl reports.

According to ACM, the average consumer can save up to 300 euros per year by taking an energy contract with a new supplier, though this varies by contract. Consumers who have never switched providers stand to save the most.

Nov 17 '16 12:30

The Dutch state earned over 1.3 billion euros by selling a further 7 percent of its stake in ABN Amro, NLFI announced on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.

The NLFI is the body that manages the government staes in financial institutions. The government decreased its stake in the bank from 77 percent to 70 percent by selling 65 million share certificates at 20.40 euros per certificate. 

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Nov 17 '16 08:59

Pete Hoekstra from Groningen is a candidate to run the United States intelligence service CIA under Donald Trump's administration. He would consider it an honor, he said to Newsmax TV.  "But this is a call that Mr. Trump needs to make", the 63-year-old Dutch man said to the American station. "He needs to have someone that he can have total confidence in at the CIA."

Nov 16 '16 14:25

The Amterdam mayor and aldermen approved a Harbor City memorandum on Tuesday which states that at least 18 thousand homes will be built in the Dutch capital's harbors by 2040, Het Parool reports. That is nearly twice as many homes as agreed upon three years ago, according tot he newspaper.

The city can also decide at a later stage to also develop the Coen- and Vlot harbor. That would mean there is room for 40 thousand homes and that all harbor areas will be completely transformed into residential areas in the next 20 years. 

Nov 16 '16 12:35

People working in the healthcare and welfare sector experience an above average workload, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. They also feel they have less space to organize their work at their own discretion, NU.nl reports.

For this study, the researchers asked workers in various sectors about how they perceive their workload last year.

Nov 16 '16 12:00

Amsterdam is offering support to 10 thousand residents who have a low income, but relatively high rent, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. The city is dedicating 3.5 million euros per year for the next three years to this.

"We see that Amsterdammmers increasingly often end up in financial troubles because their fixed costs are simply too high. With this arrangement, we can help a bit", Social Affairs alderman Arjan Vliegenhart said. 

Nov 16 '16 10:45

A majority in Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for a ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacos in every supermarket. The motion by PvdA parliamentarian Marith Volp also includes a deadline of enforcing this measure by December 1st, AD reports. 

According to the motion, reducing the tobacco addiction is so important that tobacco products should be hidden from view, especially in places children and young people frequent. 

Nov 16 '16 09:29

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup Chariman Jeroen Dijsselbloem thinks that British minister Boris Johnson is misleading the British population about the options and consequences of the he said in the BBC program Newsnight. 

Nov 16 '16 07:48

ABN Amro is implementing more cutbacks that will result in 1,500 lost jobs, the bank announced on Wednesday at the presentation of its qurterly results, the Telegraaf reports.

This new round of cutbacks could yield some 400 million euros in savings and comes in addition to in recent months. The bank currently employs 26,500 people. By 2020 that number will be cut to 23 thousand. 

Nov 15 '16 15:15

The Dutch economy grew by 0.7 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter and by 2.4 percent compared to the third quarter in 2015, according to the initial figures by Statistics entherlands. This is the 10th quarter in a row that the Dutch economy showed growth.

Statistics Netherlands mainly attributes the growth to exports and household consumption. Consumers spent more on electronics, restaurants and other forms of entertainment. More foreign tourists also visited the Netherlands. 

Nov 15 '16 11:50

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health won the , was announced at the award ceremony in Amsterdam on Monday. She is "proud" of the award, she said in a first reaction, Het Parool reports.

Nov 15 '16 11:15

Consumers- and financial markets authorities ACM and AFM are cracking down on unscurpulous debt collection agencies. They launched an information campaign to help improve enforcement of rules among these so-callec "cowboy debt collectors", ANP reports.

Nov 15 '16 09:06

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment is calling on business leaders and employers to deal better with their employees work stress and help prevent burnouts. He is making 13 million euros in subsidies available to help them do so, the Minister announced at the start of Week of Work Stress in The Hague on Monday. 

Nov 11 '16 16:20

Scheduled train service between Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will not take place this weekend due to maintenance work on the railroad. Travelers will instead be transported by bus to and from the airport, which should take an extra 15 to 30 minutes, the Dutch railway NS stated on its website.

The service interruption is part of a long-term plan to build additional tracks and overpasses so more trains can service the airport from the capital city, railway maintenace firm ProRail said on its website.

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Nov 10 '16 15:20

After three years of lower gas and electricity prices, the Netherlands can expect an increase in their energy bill next year, according to research by comparison site ricewise.nl. Next year the average household with variable energy can expect to pay 20 euros per year more, NOS reports.

Pricewise.nl based its calculations on a survey of energy companies Essent, Eneco and Nuon as well as energy suppliers and purchasers. 

Nov 10 '16 10:35

Dutch consumers will spend somewhat less on Sinterklaas presents this year, according to a survey Q&A did among over 1,500 Dutch.

According to the firm, this does not mean that the Sinterklaas celebration is becoming less popular. The group of people buying gifts for the celebration even became slightly larger. Nevertheless, Q&A expects that the total amount spent on Sinterklaas gifts will decline by about 2 percent.

Nov 10 '16 09:59

Inflation in the Netherlands increased to 0.4 percent in October, the highest level of the past six months, according to Statistics Netherlands on Thursday. In September inflation was still at 0.1 percent. 

According to Statistics Netherlands, the increase in inflation can mainly be attributed to higher petrol and diesel prices. In October a liter of gasoline cost 1.52 euros on average, 4 cents more than a year earlier. The price of motor fuels hasn't been this high in over a year, according to the statistics office.

Nov 10 '16 07:51

The Council of State rejected objections from Utrecht residents against the construction of a new prostitution zone along the river Vecht. Utrecht now has the green light to start construction on the Nieuwe Zandpad, NOS reports.

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