The conditions which the government wants to use to legalize online gambling from 2015 on, are too strict. This will cause that illegal sites will remain in the market, and this makes that gambling addiction can not be addressed properly. This says Robin Linschoten, president of the Foundation Online Gaming in Netherlands (STIOG) in response on plans of the government which were made public on Wednesday.
More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam.
Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.
Until 2018 about 15 thousand of the 150 thousand jobs in the Civil Service will be lost. In total, the government wants to reduce the expenditure of the central government, with almost a quarter, to 13 billion euros. This is part of the ‘National Reform Agenda’ that the responsible Minister, Stef Blok (VVD) sent on Wednesday to the House.
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs says that if the attempts to form super provinces will fail, provincial governments and the big cities will have a huge fight within the coming thirty years.
“Big cities become not only bigger but also more powerful. Therefore the provincial governments must be reinforced. It has to be avoided that big cities like Amsterdam and Almere are the decision makers in their province,” Plasterk warned the House during a debate on Tuesday.
Despite the crisis and the fact that more than half of the world has not enough food, more food ends up as garbage in the Netherlands. This was reported on Tuesday evening by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The consumers are responsible for the majority of the food waste. Comparing to 2009, an astonishing 6 to 60 kg more food was wasted per person in 2011.
The article in Dagblad Trouw, from last Saturday, about the Islamization of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, has stirred up the politics in the Netherlands.
A majority in the House supports the proposal of the PVV to have a debate, about the Schilderswijk and the status of Islamization, with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.
PVV leader Geert Wilders visits the Schilderswijk in the Hague on Tuesday. His visit is a reaction to an article which was published on Saturday in ‘Dagblad Trouw’. The newspaper concludes, from their own investigation, that a part of the Schilderswijk is developing as an enclave of orthodox muslims.
“The Schilderswijk is a neighborhood, in The Hague, where more strict religious muslims live, close to each other, than elsewhere in the city, and they want to apply the strict muslim rules to the street,” according to Trouw, and, “Non-muslims en moderate muslims suffer from this.”
The government will commit itself intensively to ban ‘wrong clothes’ from Dutch shops. It is especially about clothes, which are produced, while bad working conditions for the employees, in factories in Bangladesh. The Netherlands will in the coming two years, take the lead as the ‘coordinator of all the donor efforts, for safe working conditions in the textile sector in Bangladesh’.
Minister Jet Bussemaker (Emancipation) calls her European colleagues to make a statement about a European approach to the rights of gays, on Friday at the International Day Against Homopfobia.
State Secretary Frans Weekers of Finance didn’t send important information to the House, although the House had unanimously asked for that, reports RTL Nieuws. CDA MP Pieter Omzigt says that it is a ‘crucial document’.
Weekers didn’t want to tell anything about it to the house because the investigations are still going on, reports RTL Nieuws. In the 1.5-year-old document, the term ‘structural problem’ is already used. In the document is working method of the offenders described, where they originate and what sentences the judge ruled.
From the 1st of July 2014 people won’t be allowed to smoke throughout the hospitality industry. Secretary of the State of Public Health, Martin van Rijn, said this. He hopes for a stronger social norm because there is not much money for monitoring.
Together with a large trade delegation, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Affairs will begin her official visit to China on Sunday. She will go to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu.
The delegation is composed of representatives of 50 Dutch companies. These are mainly companies from the waste, renewable energy, agri-food, aviation and services sectors.
Labour leader Diederik Samsom continues to fight for a coalition agreement about the criminalization of illegality, despite the problems it causes in his party. However, he will consult with the various departments of the party about everything. "Otherwise we're not going to discuss," he said on Wednesday in Pauw and Witteman.
Mayor Wolfsen (53) of the city of Utrecht will stop on the 31st of December this year. He doesn’t want to start a second term of office of six years. Wolfsen has been the mayor of Utrecht since 2008.
House Chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg is still 'furious' after she was accused of bias on Thursday night by CDA MP and party leader Sybrand Buma. "My integrity was questioned; that upset me very much," said van Miltenburg on Sunday morning at ‘Eva Jinek on Sunday’.
Laura van Geest is the new director of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), according to RTL Nieuws. She succeeds Coen Teulings, who had been the director of the CPB since 2006.
Van Geest is the current Director-General of the State Budget at the Ministry of Finance. She was previously active in various other positions at Finance.
Teulings received a royal honor during his farewell ceremony today. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Oranje Nassau.
Tampering with the mileage counter of a car will be prohibited starting 2014. On Thursday the House voted on a bill of Minister Melanie Schultz (Infrastructure) about this.
Tampering with kilometer counters costs consumers 150 million euro annually. For insurance companies and the government, these costs are estimated to be even higher. Schultz hopes that the new law will deter further acts as offenders will be caught quicker and will be punished.
More than thirty Dutch companies do business with Israeli companies based in the occupied Palestinian areas. This was disclosed in a report, which was made public on Wednesday, and which was investigated by peace and help organizations Cordaid, ICCO and IKV Pax Christi.
A revolt is rising amongst members of Dutch labour party PvdA against the government plan to make undocumented residency a punishable, criminal offence in the Netherlands. A number of party branches and prominent members will ask Labour leader Diederik Samson to break the coalition agreement, to adjust the direction and restore the fundamental party principle of 'the right to a decent life'.
Criminalization of illegal residents
During their Federation Council in Utrecht, all 18 FNV unions, including the critical Abvakabo, have unanimously voted positive to the social agreement that FNV chairman Ton Heerts signed with the government and employers half a week ago.
Directors and supervisors in the education sector will be jointly and severally liable when they are negligent in the performance of their duties. This includes not only financial management but also educational failure. The Minister and Secretary of Education said this in an interview with NRC.
After a full day's debate on the death of the Russian asylum seeker Alexander Dolmatov, State Secretary Teeven suddenly turned the issue on himself. "I don’t want to be a State Secretary with the benefit of the doubt," the VVD politician said. "I am not interested in that. That's what I just want to say."
The police and justice are allowed to use unmanned airplanes to keep an eye on people, as long as they adhere to certain conditions. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Dutch college that protects personal details, College bescherming persoonsgegevens (CBP), said this on Thursday.