“If members of the royal family apply constructions to avoid tax, it is a private consideration. Tax evasion, however, is a serious felony and must be fought. But as long as something is not prohibited by law, people may use it.” Secretary of State Frans Weekers of Finance said this Monday in the TV program Pauw and Witteman in a response to a message that Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven used a tax structure to reduce the tax on the inheritance for their children and grandchildren. That construction is not prohibited. "The law applies to everyone," said Weekers.
Department store Marks & Spencer will open its doors on the Kalverstraat 226 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. A Dutch representative of the British company said that they expect a big spectacle with long queues when they open at exactly 11.30am.
The largest banks of the Netherlands will start working together after cyber attacks. Through sharing information they should be able to defend themselves better. Information is not shared at the moment because of competition considerations.
Two men robbed an armored car in Alphen aan den Rijn, in the province of South Holland. They took an unknown amount of money and fled on a grey scooter.
Schools may not offer ‘fun studies’ anymore, and if they don’t stop offering them fast enough they should be forced. Dutch Minister of Education Bussemaker wrote this in a letter to the House.
Parents are worried at one of the ten Dutch iPad-schools that will open in August. At least 10 of the 77 children registered at de Driemaster in Sneek, in the northern province of Friesland, have been removed from the school.
Six prostitution boats at het Zandpad in the city of Utrecht have to close their windows by Thursday. The two owners of 24 windows are suspected of human trafficking and will lose their permit.
The New Republican Society (NRG) thinks that the House of Representatives must debate on the “exorbitant salary'' of the king. The Society, which wants an elected head of state in the Netherlands, thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander.
The NRG wants to submit a citizens' initiative. According to the law, at least 40,000 citizens have to sign the initiative.
The NRG further calls on people, who have the same thoughts, to wear white instead of orange on April 30, the day that Willem-Alexander is inaugurated as king.
More than 4,500 times a year, hospital staff become victims of physical and verbal violence. In more than 200 cases, the violence is so severe that the perpetrator gets a permanent ban for accessing the hospital. Minister Edith Schippers (Health) thinks these incidents are totally unacceptable.
On a request of the AD, a third of all hospitals gave access to data about intimidation against their staff. Extrapolated to all 93 Dutch hospitals, the figures come down to 4,500 times a year, which means twelve times a day.
About 20,000 people visited the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Saturday between 1:00 pm and 12:00 pm, after a reopening ceremony led by Queen Beatrix in the morning.
On Saturday no entrance fee was raised, and visitors received a guided tour of the main highlights in the museum. The reopening was broadcast live on the channel Nederland 2 and about 1.15 million people saw the show.
The man held responsible for the fatal fall of the three-year-old boy, Nana, in Amsterdam Zuidoost, will be charged with murder or manslaughter, according to the Office of the Public Prosecutor.
The judge of the Court of Amsterdam has extended the trial detention of the 37-year-old man by two weeks. The suspect is the nephew of the Ghanaian father of the toddler Nana, who fell from the sixth floor of their Kikkenstein flat in Amsterdam Zuidoost last Tuesday at around 11:00 pm.
Railway tracks pre-sprayed with water can prevent delay caused by falling leaves on the track, according to a report by the Telegraaf.
By pre-wetting the rails, leaves attach less to it, argues NS-driver Rene Slagter. Trains must drive slower in the fall to prevent bolting caused by the sticky leaves while braking. This results in too much time lost.
Tests show that Slagter is right: Leaves on wet rails dissolve in the water after a few trains have passed by.
District Zuidoost of the city of Amsterdam wants to get rid of drinking men hanging around on the streets. District Mayor Tjeerd Herrema announced that he wants to develop a program similar to programs for drug addicts to address alcohol abuse, together with the GGD, the Dutch municipal health organization for preventive healthcare.
Most Dutch experienced a reduction in their salary last year. Wages decreased most in the agricultural sector (-6,6 percent) and in hospitality (-3,5 percent). Employment website Monsterboard concluded this after questioning 14 thousand people for the Wage Index, de Loonwijzer.
The number of complaints about unsolicited phone calls decreased with 38 percent to 8332 in 2012. This means that the Dutch don’t-call-me-register, the Bel-me-niet-register, works. Zsolt Szabó, chairman of the organization that developed the register, said this on Friday.