The bold decision of Minister Jeanine Hennis and the government to try to finalize the year-long discussions about the JSF, that is, choosing to purchase 37 JSFs, has caused turmoil in the Dutch society.
The main news from the Budget was yesterday repeated endlessly by the different media. Many notable plans and facts from the budget of the government however did not reach the media. Big chance that you did not know the following ten facts.
1. Windfall by telecom auction?
This year the auction of 4G frequencies brought a windfall for the Treasury of up to 3.8 billion euro. Next year the so-called 2GHz frequencies, which expire in 2016, will be auctioned again. The previous auction in 1998 yielded 1.84 billion. Looks promising!
2. Largest costs
The government wants to re-do the location research for test drilling for shale gas.
In the middle of the commotion about the budget for the coming year towards Budget Day, minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense released the plans for the future of Defense. One of the decisions of the government is to buy 37 JSFs.
Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House.
Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.
The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.
Almost no one knows, but for years holes in the budget were plugged with a can of coke or a glass of orange. The government even taxes mineral water. Not everyone is happy about it, not even in The Hague.
It’s obviously one of the most popular but also controversial tourist spots of Amsterdam. The red light district, in Dutch also called De Wallen, is situated in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and has around 2000 prostitutes. In 2007 the municipality of Amsterdam launched ‘Project 1012’ to fight against the high level of crime and human trafficking in the postal code area ‘1012’, where De Wallen is also located. After five years, has this initiative paid off?
Prime Minister Mark Rutte counts on the Tuesday presented package of six billion in additional spending cuts being the last addition to the coalition agreement.
The FNV actions against new cuts from the government, on November 30, are still on.
A video surfaced of the Dutch Sjaak Rijke and six other hostages, who were kidnapped by al-Qaeda . Rijke was kidnapped two years ago in Mali. The other hostages are four Frenchmen, a Swede and a South African.
The Dutchman loses an average of 0.5 percent of their purchasing power next year. The growth of the Dutch economy will average 0.5 percent, while the budget deficit will average 3.3 percent in 2014.
The Dutch voter is not very afraid of things like the crisis, unemployment and climate change, but is angry with politics, according to research from Kieskompas of the Free University in Amsterdam, commissioned by Trouw newspaper.
The government is not going to ease the policy for asylum seekers who can not return to their country of origin for reasons beyond their control.
PVV leader Geert Wilders protested on Monday at the Romanian Embassy in The Hague, against the opening of borders for Bulgarian and Romanian workers.
Wilders came to deliver a letter in which he is expressing his concern about the arrival of Romanians and Bulgarians, who are free to come to work starting January 1, 2014. Wilders was received at the embassy for an interview. After the meeting the PVV leader said he was ‘received well’ and that the Romanians 'had listened to him’.
Voters continue to turn their backs on the Labour Party (PvdA). If elections for parliament were held now, the party would only get 11 seats, one less than the figure a week ago. This is evident from the poll results published on Sunday by Maurice de Hond.
According to de Hond, the PvdA has never scored so poorly in the polls.
In addition, the VVD coalition partner would lose a seat, according to the poll. The Liberals would now have 19 seats, the lowest number since 2010. In the House, VVD and PvdA have 41 and 38 seats, respectively.
Health care fraud occurs for many millions, using doctors' personal declaration codes, says RTL News.
The Dutch government should apologize to the families of three Muslim men who were killed by the Bosnian Serb army during the fall of Srebrenica in 1995
Netherlands goes to the European Court of Justice to request more room to define the European rules for international rail traffic.
Health care deductibles will not be based on income after all. The plan, which would take effect in 2015, would not be possible.
In the coming years there is more room for young teachers, the workload for all teachers will be lower and there is an end to the baseline. It's all in the National Education Agreement which was signed Monday .
Politician Hero Brinkman (48) returned to his old employer, the Amsterdam police. The Corps announced on Monday that Brinkman is in service again at the Amsterdam police. They did not announce what exact job Brinkman has.
Brinkman, born in Almelo, has served as a policeman at the Amsterdam police for fourteen years. After that period he worked for two years as a community liaison and 5 years as an inspector. In 2006 he started his political career in the House for the PVV.
The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb is in for a second term as mayor for the port city. He says this in a documentary that RTV Rijnmond reporter Justus Cooiman made about him. Aboutaleb is now almost five years mayor. Next year the council decides whether he may remain in this position.
State Secretary Weekers eases the temporary repentance arrangements for 'black' savers. Those who voluntarily report to the tax authorities before July 1, 2014 do not have to pay a fine.