Business

Mark Rutte
Apr 20 '18 10:57

During the government formation, documents were drawn up about the controversial abolition of the dividend tax - tax companies pay on profits paid out to shareholders, the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Trouw. Previously Prime Minster Mark Rutte said that the party leaders do not recall the existence of such documents, NU.nl reports.

The Ministry of Finances refuses to make the documents public, Trouw writes.

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Apr 20 '18 10:19

Employees of baggage- and cargo handlers Aviapartner, Menzies Aviation and Swissport are performing labor actions at Schiphol Airport on Friday. According to trade union FNV, travelers can expect to get their luggage with delay, but will not miss their flight, Het Parool reports.

The employees of these baggage handling companies are protesting against too heavy work loads and lagging salary development. FNV recently gave the companies an ultimatum.

In today's protest employees will follow each instruction carefully, slowly and to the letter. 

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Apr 20 '18 08:00

Civil servants in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Justice and Security are no longer allowed to meet in large groups in some places in the office building due to unreliable floor construction. The employees working in the two towers on Turfmarkt in The Hague were informed that 'floor walkers' will supervise this ban on assembly, NRC reports.

Mona Keijzer
Apr 19 '18 14:10

The Dutch government wants to protect important companies in the Dutch telecom sector against foreign takeovers. State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs is sending a legislative proposal to the Council of State on Thursday which states that such takeovers first need to be approved by the Ministry, ANP reports.

The Ministry hopes that this bill will prevent companies of "vital importance" easily falling into foreign hands. The bill concerns "providers of telephony, internet or data centers", the Ministry said in a statement, according to the news wire. 

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Apr 19 '18 10:50

In March 3.9 percent of the Netherlands' labor force were unemployed, compared to 4.1 percent in February. That is still above the unemployment level before the financial crisis in 2008, but the percentage halved since early in 2014, when unemployment peaked at 7.8 percent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.

Last month more than 8.7 million people between the ages of 15 and 75 years had paid work. That number increased by an average of 20 thousand per month over the past three months.

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Apr 18 '18 15:10

Sanna Munnikendam, education alderman in Zaandam, was unpleasantly surprised to suddenly find posters calling for people to become teachers in Amsterdam throughout her city, Het Parool reports.

The poster shows a smiling woman with a smiling boy. It reads, in childlike writing: "Teacher, you always see what I'm good at". And below that: "Become a teacher in Amsterdam"

"I express myself softly when I say that the action was not pleasantly received here", Munnikendam said to Het Parool. 

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Apr 18 '18 10:30

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA imposed fines on Japan Tobacco International (JTI) for making exclusivity agreements with Dutch student associations, a spokesperson for the NVWA confirmed to news wire ANP.

Big data
Apr 18 '18 08:50

A coalition of journalists, lawyers, civil society organizations, and IT- and tech companies is preparing a lawsuit to postpone the implementation of the new law for the Dutch intelligence and security services, NU.nl reports.

Ambulance
Apr 17 '18 17:00

The number of workplace accidents in the Netherlands increased by 12 percent to 4,250 last year, according to figures from the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment. 2017 was the fourth year in a row that the number of workplace accidents increased, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 17 '18 16:20

Dutch retailers' association Detailhandel Nederland is calling on the Dutch government not to be too strict when implementing new European rules on electric car charging stations, ANP reports.

The new rules oblige retailers to have a minimum number of electric car chargers on their parking lots. But the association considers this obligation "superfluous". The association asks the government to make use of the room the European Union gives member states to fulfill objects at national level in their own way.

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Apr 17 '18 12:20

Only 11 percent of the 20 thousand asylum seekers who got refugee status in the Netherlands in 2014, had paid work in the summer of last year. A year and a half after obtaining refugee status, on 4 percent had paid work, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.

Half of the refugees that came to the Netherlands in 2014 are from Syria. 10 percent of this group had paid work last summer - Statistics Netherlands' latest reference date. 6 percent of the 4 thousand Eritrean refugees had work. Most of the refugees in these two groups are still on welfare. 

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Apr 17 '18 11:00

Two people were injured when a crane toppled on Schaardijk in Krimpen aan den IJssel on Tuesday morning. Multiple persons ended up in the IJssel river, but they have all been rescued from the water, AD reports.

One of the two injured sustained a head wound. Five other people were also checked over by paramedics.

The incident happened on the Hollandia BV site on Schaardijk. The crane was moving a bridge section when it fell over. The cause of the incident is not yet known.

solar energy
Apr 17 '18 08:46

Grid managers Tennet and Enexis want no new solar parks to be built in Groningen and northern Drenthe for the time being. The electricity grid there does not have sufficient capacity to process the energy from any new solar parks, according to the companies, NOS reports.

"We can handle the current situation, but if the many requests for solar parks keep coming, there is simply not enough space to transport all the electricity", spokesperson Loek de Lange of Enexis said to the broadcaster.

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Apr 17 '18 08:19

Dutch petroleum company NAM wants Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs to adjust the proposals for the new Mining and Gas Act so that the company is less responsible for the consequences of gas extraction in Groningen, such as damage caused by earthquakes, Trouw reports.

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Apr 16 '18 11:20

Shell "should have been more assertive" in its warnings about climate change, Ben van Beurden, CEO of the Dutch oil and gas giant said in a podcast by Studio Energie. Environmental group Milieudefensie recently for the role it played in the climate problems the world currently faces. 

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Apr 16 '18 09:33

Last year 4 percent of Dutch young people between the ages of 15 and 25 were not working or studying - the lowest percentage of all European Union Member States, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

The European average for young people that are unemployed and not studying was 12 percent in 2016. No EU figures for 2017 are available yet. According to the stats office, the percentage of unemployed young people who are also not studying in the Netherlands has been around 5 percent for years. The EU average was also pretty much stable over the past years.

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Apr 16 '18 09:07

Another Dutch bank is facing criticism over large pay increases planned for its top executives. Van Lanschot Kempen plans to increase the remuneration of CEO Karl Guha by over 20 percent to 1.5 million euros this year. The other three directors' remuneration will increase by a quarter to more than a million euros, the Volkskrant reports based on documents for the bank's upcoming shareholders' meeting.

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Apr 13 '18 15:30

Da Hongfei, founder of NEO - currently one of the top cryptocurrencies in the world, will be speaking at a at the DeLaMar theater in Amsterdam this weekend.

The event will host several speakers, including Da Hongfei himself. They will discuss the latest projects, developments and token sales launching on the NEO Blockchain. 

We Are Here
Apr 13 '18 14:50

We Are Here, a group of failed asylum seekers in Amsterdam that , wants a court to decide whether they will be evicted. The case will appear in court on April 26th, interim mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a debate with the city council, NU.nl reports.

Bundled up bikers entering the Rijksmuseum tunnel under their billboard celebrating the winter season, Amsterdam 7 February 2018
Apr 13 '18 11:30

Bicycle paths in the Netherlands are increasingly dangerous, according to safe traffic association VVN. Currently some 65 thousand cyclists end up at an emergency room every year, the association said to the Telegraaf.

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Apr 13 '18 10:50

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture received a promise in China that the country will open its borders to veal exports from the Netherlands. This promise is seen as a great success for the Dutch trade mission currently ongoing in China, NOS reports.

The Netherlands had been negotiating for access to the Chinese market for 17 years, Schouten said, according to the broadcaster. Exporting veal to China will bring the sector around 15 million euros per year.

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Apr 13 '18 10:09

Shell and Exxon wants the government to pay them billions of euros in compensation for the gas that will not be extracted from Groningen now that the government is g, NOS reports.

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Apr 13 '18 09:18

Most primary schools in Limburg and Noord-Brabant are closed on Friday as teachers in these provinces strike for higher salaries and lower workloads.

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Apr 13 '18 09:00

Schiphol is implementing a number of measures to help manage crowds at the airport during the upcoming May holidays. For example, the airport is deploying 20 percent more personnel than it did last year, NU.nl reports.

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