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Luggage check at Schiphol airport
Apr 30 '18 07:26

Schiphol airport expects a busy day on Monday due to, people leaving on May vacation, and travelers returning from a long King's Day weekend. This will mean long lines at check-ins and passport controls. The airport calls on travelers to check in online and arrive at the airport earlier.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Apr 29 '18 08:34

A power outage in Amsterdam severely affected operations at the city's Schiphol Airport on Sunday. The problems began early in the morning, with electricity restored by 4:30 a.m., but inbound flights were put on hold, and arrivals were set to be reduced through at least 11 a.m. causing a knock-on effect to the airport's scheduled flights.

Some 67 departures and 66 arrivals were cancelled through 8 p.m., as well as dozens of delays, according to the airport.

We Are Here
Apr 27 '18 12:30

We Are Here, a group of failed asylum seekers in Amsterdam, can stay in the buildings they squatted on Rudolf Dieselstraat until June 1st. Until then, they will not be evicted, the court ruled on Thursday, NOS reports.

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Apr 27 '18 09:43

Regional buses and -trains will not be operating across the Netherlands on Monday and Tuesday. The court gave workers permission to strike, AD reports.

The regional bus and train drivers are striking for a lower workload, more training and breaks to use the bathroom. Unions FVN and CNV announced the strike earlier this week.

King Willem-Alexander and mayor Eberhard van der Laan on the facade of cafe Blaffende Vis in Amsterdam. King's Day, 27 April 2018
Apr 27 '18 09:10

Cafe Blaffende Vis recreated a giant version of a photo showing King Willem-Alexander and deceased Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan walking together on its facade for King's Day. The image was given the caption "What a King!"

The Blaffende Vis on Westestraat in Amsterdam has been decorating its facade in honor of Queen's Day and King's Day since 1997, according to Het Parool. It is now a tradition in the Jordaan area. Last year it was a picture of King Willem-Alexander dabbing. The year before the picture showed crown princess Amalia as snow white. 

Apr 26 '18 13:00

Dutch roads will be extremely busy on Thursday afternoon, ANWB expects. Not only are many Dutch going away for the May vacation, but with King's Day on Friday, many people are also going away for the long weekend, RTL Nieuws reports.

Evening rush hour will also start earlier than normal, the ANWB warns. The roads towards the coast and to Den Helder, for the ferry service to Texel, will be particularly busy.

Shell Logo
Apr 26 '18 12:20

In its bookkeeping, Shell is reducing the value of its interest in NAM to zero in response to the Dutch government deciding to cin the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch petroleum company NAM is responsible for gas extraction in Groningen. NAM is owned half by Shell and half by ExxonMobil. Depreciating its shares in NAM is costing Shell 244 million dollars, according to RTL. 

Edmund Lowell (left), Founder of Selfkey, and Jorgen Welsink, CEO of Cryptocurrency Academy, at the 2018 Black Sea Blockchain Summit. 25 April 2018.
Apr 25 '18 16:30

The Dutch government and authority on financial markets AFM must come up with guidelines for ICOs if they want to keep developments in this technology in the Netherlands, Jan Robert Schutte, Amsterdam-based CEO of CryptoAcademy and ICO adviser, said at the Black Sea Blockchain Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia on Wednesday.

"As long as the AFM doesn't say anything - instead of providing guidelines for ICOs - the ICO projects will leave the Netherlands because of the lack of clarity." Schutte said.

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Apr 25 '18 15:10

Online supermarket Picnic must pay Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen compensation of 150 thousand euros for using a By doing so, Picnic infringed on Verstappen's portrait rights, the court ruled, NOS reports. 

TunFun playground in Amsterdam Centrum
Apr 25 '18 12:30

TunFun, an underground playground located under Mr. Visserplein, was ordered closed with immediate effect by district Centrum. The playground's fire safety is not in order, a spokesperson for the district confirmed to Het Parool.

The fire department inspected the building early this month and concluded that its fire safety was "not sufficiently in order" - the playground equipment is not fire safe and there is also criticism on the state of the electrical installations' maintenance.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Apr 25 '18 11:50

In the discussion about the future of Schiphol airport, the importance of safety is "insufficiently weighed against the other interests that are involved with the airport", the Dutch Safety Board stressed in a press release on Wednesday, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Apr 25 '18 10:27

The Royal Family costs the Netherlands society around six times more than the figures stated in the national budget, according to anti-monarchy group Republikeins Genootschap. After two years of research, the society presented its figures on the costs of the Royal House on Tuesday, NOS reports.

In the national budget, the official budget for the Royal House amounts to around 60 million. But according to the republicans, the actual cost to society is around 350 million euros per year due to numerous hidden costs. 

Icy roads cause accident on the A2 from Utrecht to Den Bosch at the Deil junction, 13 Jan 2017
Apr 24 '18 17:00

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management is investing an additional 50 million euros to address unsafe national- and provincial roads in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Half of that amount will go towards provincial roads. A recent study by RTL Nieuws showed that the risk of a fatal accident on these roads is three times higher than on national roads. One in five fatal accidents occur on provincial roads, while these roads only account for 6 percent of the total road network in the Netherlands.

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Apr 24 '18 16:20

ING faced a storm of criticism and questions at its shareholders' meeting on Monday about the bank's, , plan to to 3 million euros per year, ANP reports.

Euros
Apr 24 '18 12:10

Almost all regions in the Netherlands saw economic growth last year. The Groningen region was the only one to see its economy shrink. The regions around Eindhoven and Almere saw the strongest growth, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

In both the Eindhoven and Almere regions, the economy grew by 4.9 percent last year compared to 2016. In Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant - Eindhoven and its surroundings - last year's economic growth was mainly supported by industry and business services. In Almere, lease companies in particular contributed to the economic growth. 

Traffic
Apr 23 '18 16:30

Traffic information service ANWB warns that Thursday's evening rush hour will be extremely busy. Friday is King's Day, and the service expects that many people will go away for the long weekend. 

The ANWB also expects that many Dutch will leave for their May vacation on Thursday already. There will therefore by a lot of traffic towards the coast and Den Helder for the ferry to Texel.

The roads will be relatively quiet on King's Day itself, with the exception of popular cities and Groningen, where the royal family will spend the day.

Apr 23 '18 13:50

Used cars from abroad are more popular than ever in the Netherlands, and that is bad news for the government's climate ambitions, according to car dealers' association RAI. In the first three months of this year, the Dutch imported a record number of over 56 thousand used cars from abroad, ANP reports. 

Nearly a third of these imported used cars were an alternative to purchasing a new car in the Netherlands, according to RAI. On average, used cars emit 12 percent more CO2 than new cars, the association calculated. 

Stack of files
Apr 23 '18 12:30

Dozens of Dutch companies take too long to prepare or publish their annual accounts, and thereby violate Dutch law, Financieele Dagblad reports based on research by professor of external reporting Ruud Vergoossen and AFM reporting expert Ton Meershoek.

The two researchers examined the 2015 annual accounts of more than a thousand large and medium sized unlisted companies in the Netherlands. Over 50 percent of these companies were late with their annual reports. Many companies do adhere to the law, but use as many exemptions as possible to disclose information later or not at all.

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Apr 23 '18 09:08

On average 1 in 3 Dutch workers stay with the same employer for ten years or longer, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. This happens especially often in the government - 58.9 percent of officials work for the government for at least 10 years.

gas pipeline
Apr 20 '18 15:50

Dutch construction trade association NVB wants all new homes built from next year to be built without a connection to the gas network. The association hopes that this will keep the playing field equal for all builders, chairman Piet Adema said to AD. 

An exception should be made for houses for which contracts have already been signed, he added. 

Heineken
Apr 20 '18 15:10

Dutch beer giant Heineken launched an investigation into the sexual harassment and -abuse of promotion girls in 14 African countries, CEO Jean-Francois van Boxmeer announced at a shareholders' meeting on Friday, NOS reports

Willem-Alexander
Apr 20 '18 13:10

King Willem-Alexander has no shares in companies that have the 'Royal' predicate, according to a message that appeared on the Koninklijk Huis website on Thursday. This implies that the King does not own shares in Shell, which has seen lots of negative over the past years, ANP reports.

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.

Baggage belts at Schiphol
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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