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Jan 17 '17 17:20

On Monday United States president elec. Donald Trump said that he does not much care whether the European Union is divided or united, in interviews with newspapers Bild and The Times. He also called on other countries to follow Britain's example with the Brexit. European Commissioner Frans Timmermans read these statements with amazement. "We have never seen a U.S. president show interest in a divided Europe." he said to broadcaster NOS.

Westerschelde as seen from Bath with a Doel nuclear plant in the distance
Jan 11 '17 16:10

For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.

In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe. 

Dec 27 '16 15:00

When European Commissioner Frans Timmermans was a PvdA parliamentarian in 2010, he did nothing for six months because he had not be given the party's Foreign Affairs portfolio, Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said in an interview with the Volkskrant. Plasterk was also a parliamentarian at the time.

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Nov 23 '16 11:55

In the first nine months of 2016 Dutch companies exported more to the Ukraine than in the same period last year, according to figures from the European Commission (EC). The total trade between the Netherlands increased by 4 percent to 1.17 billion euros. According to the Commission, this can be attributed to the , the trade part of which took effect on January 1st, ANP reports. 

Nov 15 '16 14:35

The so called Gulen-movement "certainly" played a role in a failed coup in Turkey earlier this year, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said in an interview with Knack on Tuesday, AD reports.

The Turkish government sees cleric Fethullah Gulen as the mastermind behind the , but so far has little evidence to prove it. Gulen currently lives in the United States.

Oct 11 '16 08:58

Children's rights organizations Save the Children and Defense for Children are calling on the Dutch government to do more to fight poverty among hundreds of thousands of kids in the Netherlands

Sep 22 '16 14:20

Neelie Kroes broke European Union conduct rules by being the director of a company in the Bahamas during her term as European Commissioner and never reporting that position to the Commission, Financieele Dagblad reports based on documents in the hands of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Aug 29 '16 10:09

A group of 80 technology companies from Silicon Valley in the United States wrote Prime Minister Mark Rutte a letter in May warning him of the consequences a deterioration in the Netherlands' tax climate will have, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The companies fear that a tougher approach from the Netherlands on multinational companies' tax avoidance will make the country less attractive for U.S. investors.

Aug 22 '16 12:40

The municipalities of Dutch border cities Bergen op Zoom, Steenbergen and Tholen are submitting a complaint about Belgian nuclear plant Doel to the European Commission. The municipalities are protesting against the Belgian authorities decision to extend the plant's operation without consulting them, despite the fact that the plant holds trans-boundary risks and impact

Aug 8 '16 08:07

The 21st edition of Amsterdam's Canal Parade on Saturday drew just as many visitors as last year, when a record number of people came to watch the parade. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded to the Dutch capital, despite the extra security measures taken due to the terrorism threat

Aug 5 '16 09:21

The European Commission must stop the merge between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse, the Dutch association of stockholders VEB and other European colleagues demand in a letter sent to the European Commissioner for Competition.

Aug 4 '16 09:18

The European Commission gave the go-ahead for Vodafone to merge with Ziggo, the Dutch branch of Liberty Global. This can be done on the condition that Vodafone sells off its department that offers internet and telephony

Jul 19 '16 10:09

The Netherlands collected 25.7 million euros in back tax from Starbucks, a spokesperson for the European Commission said on Monday. The back tax comes from a so-called sweetheart tax deal between Starbucks and the Dutch Tax Authorities, which the European Commission ruled to be illegal state aid last year

Jul 1 '16 10:05

Starbucks is still using its so-called sweetheart tax agreement with the Netherlands, despite the European Commission ruling that it constitutes illegal state aid, Financieele Dagblad reports based on the most recent financial statements from Starbucks Manufacturing Amsterdam.

Jun 8 '16 08:59

In the coming months the European Commission will negotiate with airlines from Southeast Asia and the Middle East to give them more landing rights in Europe, the European Transport Ministers decided. In return, countries like the United Arab Emirates and Qatar has to stop giving state aid to their airlines

May 5 '16 08:38

Taxi service Uber appointed former Netherlands transportation minister and former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes as head of its advisory board, the company announced on Wednesday. She will advise Uber on issues like competition and help the taxi service navigate the regulations in various countries

May 4 '16 14:20

Turkey almost complies to all requirements for visa free travel within the European Union, the European Commission announced on Wednesday. According to EU Commissioner and vice-president Frans Timmermans, the country "has made impressive progress, particularly in recent weeks"

May 4 '16 12:00

Two Dutch cities made it to the final round of the competition for the title of European Green Capital 2018. Den Bosch or Nijmegen now only have to beat the Swedish Umea for a Dutch city to win the honor, the European Commission announced on Tuesday

Apr 28 '16 10:25

Europe will not be "blackmailed" by Turkey's threat to terminate the asylum agreement with the EU if the visa requirement for Turks is not lifted quickly, European Commissioner Frans Timmermans said to German newspaper De Zeit.

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Apr 21 '16 08:43

The Netherlands, Germany and France want the European Commission to put extra safeguards in place against a mass influx of Turks and Ukrainians once they are able to enter the EU without visas. The expectation is that the visa-requirement will be lifted for these countries this summer, the Volkskrant reports.

Mark Rutte voting in the Ukraine referendum, April 2016
Apr 12 '16 14:20

The Dutch government will come with an reaction to the Netherlands "no"-vote in the Ukraine referendum last week, and plans on how to proceed, by September at the latest, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote in a letter to Parliament on Tuesday.

Apr 12 '16 09:40

The Netherlands is the most unsafe place in Europe for cyclists. Over the past years a quarter of people killed in traffic accidents in the country were cyclists. The worldwide average is 8 percent, according to accident figures the European Commission published.

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Apr 7 '16 14:45

The Netherlands voting "no" in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, has no effect on the agreement itself. The agreement was already signed and unanimously adopted by all EU member states' heads of government, and the Dutch "no" does not change that, a spokesperson for the European Commission said

Apr 4 '16 14:15

The first group of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey will arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the European Commission announced on Monday. These are "recognized asylum seekers" that EU member states agreed to take in as part of the asylum agreement with Turkey, which took effect on Monday.

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