Business

Heineken
Aug 18 '17 17:10

British competition watchdog CMA approved Heineken's acquisition of Punch Taverns' British pubs. The Dutch brewer made sufficient concessions to remove competition concers, the CMA decided, ANP reports.

The supervisor found 33 locations where the competition between pubs would be affected by Heineken taking over the Punch Taverns pubs. Heineken then submitted proposals to sell the pubs involved. 

belastingdienst
Aug 18 '17 11:50

The Tax Authority's outdated IT systems could compromise tax collection, the tax authorities concluded in an internal evaluation which the Volkskrant got hold of by appealing to the Open Government Act. "The continuity of the collecting process is not guaranteed", he evaluation reads, according to the newspaper.

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Aug 18 '17 08:46

The number of children in the Netherlands growing up in a family that receives welfare benefits increased by 2.1 percent to a total of 230 thousand last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. This number increased every year since 2012. 

More than two thirds of children who lived on welfare last year had an immigration background. Half of this group fall under the "other non-western category", compared to 39 percent in 2012. In this category the stats office includes all non-western countries except Morocco, Suriname, Turkey, Aruba and the former Dutch Antilles. 

Carton of eggs
Aug 17 '17 15:10

The Tweede Kamer is cutting its summer holiday short in order to debate the of eggs from Dutch poultry farms with Public Health Minister Edith Schippers and State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs, NU.nl reports.

Health insurance
Aug 17 '17 12:30

Achmea is preparing for an increase in health insurance premiums next year, CEO Willem van Duin hinted at while discussing the insurer's half-year figures on Thursday, ANP reports.

"In recent years, health insurers limited the price increase buy using our reserves. That is obviously not a sustainable situation", the CEO of the Netherlands' largest insurer said. Last year Achmea reserved an amount of over 430 million euros to compensate for premiums that weren't covering costs. 

houe for sale/sold sign
Aug 17 '17 11:50

The risk of a bubble forming in the Dutch housing market is increasing, though it is currently limited to popular markets like Amsterdam and Utrecht, Rabobank said in a quarterly report. Driven by renewed confidence in the economy and low interest rates, home buyers are increasingly buying above the asking price in the expectation that house prices will continue to rise for a long time, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Aug 17 '17 10:20

There are significantly more serious incidents on Schiphol airport's runways than at other airports of similar size, AD reports after comparing Schiphol's figures with that of six other airports. All seven airports handle between 400 thousand and 500 thousand flight movements per year.

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Aug 17 '17 08:49

A about the use of toxic fipronil on Dutch poultry farms in November last year, specifically mentioned Barneveld pest control company ChickFriend, Public Health Minister Edith Schippers confirmed in a letter to parliament, ANP reports.

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Aug 16 '17 13:40

The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports. 

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Aug 16 '17 12:20

Dozens of flights from Schiphol airport were canceled on Wednesday morning due to . The airport expects that all affected passengers will be transferred to other flights during the course of the day, NU.nl reports.

Paiement_euros
Aug 16 '17 11:40

The Dutch economy continues to grow steadily and its growth is expected to reach 3.3 percent this year, according to planning office CPB's estimate in its Macro Economic Exploration, which was published on Wednesday. If this estimate holds true, this will be the first time the Dutch economy grows by more than 3 percent since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2007. In 2018 the gross domestic product is expected to grow by 2.5 percent, NU.nl reports.

Bottle-feeding
Aug 16 '17 11:00

Albert Heijn re-implemented measures in the sale of baby formula as the demand is increasing again. According to the supermarket, traders across the country are buying up Nutrilon 1 to 5 and shipping the formula to China, NOS reports.

Albert Heijn branches are therefore limiting the purchase of formula to two cans per customer. Baby formula can also only be bought at the service desk - there is a note on the shelves telling customers to go to the desk for baby formula. The supermarket chain hopes that this will ensure that the product is always available to Dutch customers. 

Schiphol
Aug 16 '17 08:50

The Dutch Safety Board investigated two "serious incidents" at Schiphol airport in the last quarter. One involved a so-called tail strike, the second a plane being given permission to take off while a bird watch vehicle was still on the runway, NU.nl reports. 

On April 21st, a Boeing 777's tail hit the runway during takeoff - the so-called airstrike. The crew decided to return to Schiphol as a precaution after the plane lost fuel over the North Sea.

Looking for a job
Aug 15 '17 16:40

An employee committing theft was the most common reason for dismissal with immediate effect in the Netherlands over the past 12 months, the Volkskrant reports after studying 194 published lawsuits conducted in this period.

Nearly a fifth of these cases, 18 percent, involved stealing, though the severity of the theft varied widely. In a few cases employees were fired for stealing a bag of chips or a pack of cookies, in one case the employee embezzled 55 thousand euros. 

Eggs
Aug 15 '17 16:10

Two men suspected of endangering public health in the s were remanded into custody for 14 days by a magistrate on Tuesday. The two suspects are managers at Barneveld pest control company ChickFriend, the company considered to be the source of the fipronil contamination in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

construction worker
Aug 15 '17 15:30

The departing Dutch government's policies inadvertently caused the current shortage in new housing facing the Netherlands, according to the NVB association for developers and construction. The association is calling for the new government to appoint a "strong minister for housing and building" who, when taking measures, also considers the consequences for the construction sector, ANP reports.

Efteling
Aug 15 '17 13:00

The Dutch theme parks and zoos are doing very well, especially thanks to foreign tourists, according to a report by ABN Amro economists. Tourists are attracted to the quality of the theme parks, easily available accommodation and the relatively low entrance prices, the researchers conclude, AD reports.

The researchers predict a 3 percent increase in the number of visitors this year, should the current weather predictions hold, and a 2.5 percent increase next year. Foreign tourists, especially from Germany and Belgium, account for a significant part of this growth. 

Aug 15 '17 09:40

As of January 1st next year, all airports in the Schiphol Group will run entirely on sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands. The airport company signed a long-term agreement to this effect with electricity provider Eneco, ANP reports.

The Schiphol group covers the airports Schiphol, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Lelystad. Together the airports use about 200 gigawatt hours of power every year. That's comparable to the consumption of 60 thousand households. 

Aug 15 '17 08:30

If go-slow actions at the airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam this week don't push the Ministry of Defense to come up with a better collective agreement for Koninklijke Marechaussee officers, labor actions at Schiphol airport may be the next step, the Marechaussee unions announced, Het Parool reports. 

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Aug 14 '17 11:50

Maysaa Munaf, a 31-year-old Iraqi woman who came to Amsterdam a few weeks ago to work at a consultancy, was shocked when she received an email from company Executive Home Rentals telling her that she can only view a property if she plans to cook in the "western way", RTL Nieuws reports.

Munaf posted the mail to Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Both properties are not suitable for tenants who like to cook for hours with lots of herbs (only 'western way' of cooking). If you cook 'the western way' we can offer you a viewing of this property tomorrow."

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Aug 14 '17 10:30

KLM flight KL941 from Schiphol to Cagliari on Sardinia had to make an unplanned landing in Genoa, Italy on Sunday due to air pressure problems. "Passengers were never in danger", a spokesperson for the Dutch airline said to RTL Nieuws. 

"There was a decompression on board, the air pressure in the cabin changed", the KLM spokesperson said. This triggered the oxygen masks to come down. The pilot took the plane down to a lower air layer and landed at the nearest airport, in Genoa. The decompression was caused by a technical defect.

Aug 14 '17 08:27

The Dutch government collected 25.3 billion euros in environmental taxes and levies last year, 3 percent more than in 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Households carried almost two thirds of that amount. 

Carton of eggs
Aug 11 '17 10:50

The European Commission wants to organize a summit type meeting for EU food safety minsters about the crisis surrounding eggs being contaminated with , EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement. He wants this meeting to put an end to the infighting and accusations, RTL Nieuws reports. 

gas pipeline
Aug 11 '17 10:10

From September 1st homeowners in Amsterdam can apply for a subsidy to remove their home from the gas connection. The Dutch capital aims to be gas-free by 2050 in order to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the city. That means that 350 thousand homes must move from natural gas to sustainable heating and electric cooking, Het Parool reports.

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