The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.
Plans for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the IJ river in Amsterdam, can not count on support from Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat or Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment, ANP reports.
Wednesday's Amsterdam city council meeting devolved into shouting and Nazi comparisons to such a point that the meeting was called to an early end. While fighting between Amsterdam politicians is not uncommon, it brining a meeting to a premature end is almost unheard of, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.
A majority in the Amsterdam city council supports moving the Dutch capital's cruise ship terminal out of the city center, was revealed in a debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.
A number of Amsterdam politicians are concerned about polarization and aggression in the city council and the council's seeming inability to reach a consensus. Alderman Eric van der Burg was the first to express his concerns to Het Parool, and numerous others now added their voices
Amsterdam plans to expand its eastern neighborhood IJburg with a new island. The mayor and aldermen commissioned an feasibility study for IJburg II - an 80 hectare island containing 6,500 homes
The Bijlmerbajes prison complex in Amsterdam will temporarily be used as an asylum center. From August the complex will house a thousand asylum seekers for up to one year
More than 14 thousand people signed an online petition to rename the Amsterdam ArenA the Johan Cruijff Stadium, following the football legend's death on Thursday.
There seems to be a fight over teachers between the big cities. In an effort to solve their teacher shortage, Rotterdam announced a 5 thousand euro bonus for new teachers teaching difficult subjects like mathematics and science. Amsterdam alderman Eric van der Burg is advocating for a salary increase for teachers, police officers and nurses in the city.
The city of Amsterdam has teamed up with a number of professionals, including pediatricians, doctors and health insurers, to get the 2,300 morbidly obese children in the city to a healthy weight. The goal for this cooperation is to reduce obesity through more efficient and more organized cooperation, the municipality announced in a press release on Thursday.
Plans to abolish Amsterdam's leasehold system could face substantial delays, after concerns were raised by Alderman Eric van der Burg, the Telegraaf reported. The official wrote a secret memo detailing sixteen potential risks that the legislation change may face, the newspaper stated.