A tip the Dutch food safety authority NVWA received 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.
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.
The European Commission wants to organize a summit type meeting for EU food safety minsters about the crisis surrounding eggs being contaminated with toxic insecticide fipronil, EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement. He wants this meeting to put an end to the infighting and accusations, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch and Belgian authorities are raiding several addresses in both countries on Thursday as part of the investigation into fipronil contamination at numerous poultry farms and their eggs. This is a joint action from the Dutch and Belgian authorities, a spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor said to the Telegraaf, though she would not say exactly where the raids are done.
Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA denies that it first learned that eggs were maybe contaminated by toxic fipronil in November last year. The authority did receive a report about fipronil in that month, but that report only stated that it had been used to clean stables - there was no reason to believe that it could end up in eggs and pose a potential health risk, inspector general Rob van Lint said on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Toxic insecticide fipronil was discovered in Dutch eggs in November 2016 already, Belgian Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said in an emergency meeting about the fipronil crisis in Brussels on Wednesday. He also accused the Netherlands of taking too long to share this information, NU.nl reports.
Dutch real estate magnate Frank Zweegers was arrested on the Italian island of Capri on Thursday. During a routine check on a number of luxury yachts, the Italian authorities discovered that there was an European arrest warrant against Zweegers, who is wanted in Belgium for bribing a highly placed police officer, the Volkskrant reports.
The number of vacation homes sold in the Netherlands increased by 20 percent last year, according to data the Dutch association of realtors NVM released on Monday. In 2015 the the number of holiday homes sold doubled, NU.nl reports.
According to NVM, the continuing trend can be attributed to the low interest rates. As savings yield hardly anything at the moment, more people choose to invest their money into a second home.
About 40 percent of the Dutch who rent out their homes on Airbnb don't hold to the only 60 days per year limit, according to a study by Trouw, De Tijd, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde. The study looked at the Airbnb rentals in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland based on data from Airbnb and data analyst AirDNA.
Over the past days the Belgian police arrested three people suspected of money laundering via bitcoins. One of the suspects is a 24-year-old Dutch man called Tommie V., the Telegraaf reports. He was arrested on Saturday.
The Dutch national women's football team won the last group match against Belgium 2-1 on Monday. The Oranje women is thereby the group winner and progressing to the European Championships quarterfinals, NU.nl reports.
Sherida Spitse scored the first goal for the Netherlands halfway through the first half in the Koning Willem II stadium in Tilburg. An hour into the match Belgium came back with a goal by Tessa Wullaert. In the 75th minute Lieke Martens scored, brining the Netherlands to 2-1 and to victory.
Two men from Belgium are suspected of setting a large fire in the cave system on the border between Maastricht and the Belgian village of Kanne last week. The fire started on Thursday night and is still burning, RTL Nieuws reports.
On Saturday morning the fire department gave up on extinguishing the fire and are now just keeping it under control while it burns out. That can take weeks. Both Maastricht and Kanne are covered in smoke. "People must take a week or two of smoke and stench into account", a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster.
The Dutch authority on consumer and markets ACM launched an investigation into whether companies operating in Dutch ports made illegal price agreements, or are guilty of so-called cartel formation. The companies investigated all work in the bunker sector, which supplies ships with fuel, NOS reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pleased that those responsible for downing flight MH17 will be prosecuted in the Netherlands, calling the decision the "next step on the way to finding the truth." The Dutch government is also signing a treaty with the Ukraine on Friday that will allow for prosecution on behalf of all 298 victims, not only the 196 Dutch, AD reports.
Those responsible for downing flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, will stand trial in the Netherlands, the five countries most involved with the disaster decided on Tuesday night. The decision follows long consultation between the countries, the Volkskrant reports.
A Belgian fugitive was arrested in Rotterdam on Monday, eight years after he violently escaped from a Belgian prison. Mustapha L. is considered one of the most wanted criminals in Belgium, RTL Nieuws reports.
L. was sentenced to six years in prison. He and two other detainees escaped a Belgian prison on March 15th, 2009 by taking three prison guards hostage. The guards were overpowered during a walk and threatened with a knife. In order not to endanger their hostage colleagues, other guards let the three prisoners out of jail. They fled on foot.
Dutch sailboat Capella capsized off the Belgian coast on Saturday morning after its keel broke. Ship designer Frans Maas (79) and sailor Freddy Franssens (70) from Breskens were killed. As of 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, 18-year-old Hannes Goedgebeur from Terneuzen was still missing, according to the Volkskrant. Three others were rescued.
Three Dutch and one Belgian were arrested in a massive drug bust in the port of Oostende in Belgium. The Belgian authorities discovered some 1,500 kilograms of uncut cocaine in a fake bottom of an old fishing boat, according to Belgian broadcaster VTM. The drugs' value is estimated at around 225 million euros.
A Suske en Wiske comic strip that leaked out on Saturday caused social media outrage in Belgium and the Netherlands to such an extent that Belgian publisher Standaard Uitgeverij had to publish an apology. The comic strip showed a depiction of a black man that was so stereotypical that it completely overshadowed the first bare breasts ever to appear on the strip, according to RTL Nieuws.
A motorist was killed and his two passengers injured when their car hit a tree during a police chase through Eindhoven in the early hours of Monday morning. The police started the chase when the car, with Belgian plates, ignored a stop sign during a "routine check", a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant.
No trains will be stopping at Brussels Central Station today following a small explosion there on Tuesday night, NS International said on its website. The explosion happened around 8:30 p.m. The Belgian authorities had control of the situation very quickly and no one bystanders were injured. The suspected perpetrator was gunned down by soldiers almost immediately after the explosion, ANP reports.
A Dutch car containing two bodies was pulled out of the Albert canal in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon. The canal is less than a kilometer away from the Netherlands' border, 1Limburg reports.
The bodies have not yet been identified. According to the Belgian judiciary, the car was in the water for at least six months. At this stage there are no indications of a crime. An autopsy will be done on the bodies on Friday to try and determine cause of death. At the time being, the Belgian authorities assume it was a double suicide, according to the news site.
Belgian customs officers seized nearly 90 million cigarettes in the port of Antwerp last week - one of the largest ever in the port. The shipment came from the Egyptian port of Said and was destined for a company in the Netherlands, ANP reports.
Belgian Minister of Finance Johan van Overtveldt congratulated all involved in this record bust. "The fight against illegal products and fraud is high on the agenda, and we can see that in the results."
The cigarettes involved are so-called Cheap White cigarettes of brands not registered in Belgium.
Dutch man Jelle F. was sentenced on appeal to 18 years in prison for throwing acid in a woman's face in a Delhaize supermarket in Antwerp two years ago, ANP reports.
The sentence is the same as when F. first stood trial. Unlike the first trial however, the appeal judge did not find F. guilty of attempted murder, but of extortion and torture. According to the court, it is not clear that F. wanted to kill his victim.