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Jun 17 '15 19:40

The Greek Tourist Board criticized the Dutch travel agent association ANVR after advising tourists headed for Greece to take extra cash with them. The recommendation was made in case Greek banks are no longer able to replenish ATMs, either because of a national bankruptcy or because of a bank run.

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Jun 17 '15 19:06

Air France-KLM joined the group of the five largest European airlines to lay out regulatory demands to the European Union. The airlines presented their demands as a part of a shared vision for a new EU aviation strategy.

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Jun 17 '15 18:15

The election of the Eurogroup chairman may be delayed, the current head Jeroen Dijsselbloem wrote on Twitter. Dijsselbloem believes that Greece should be the focus of attention for now.

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Jun 17 '15 18:03

Chairman of the Board of Directors at Blokker, Roland Palmer, is stepping down due to a disagreement with the Board, the company announced in a press release. He will continue his career outside of Blokker.

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Jun 17 '15 17:08

The first barrel of Dutch herring was sold at auction in Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland on Wednesday, fetching 53,000 euros. The annual auction raised money this year for the National Foundation for the Elderly.

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Jun 17 '15 16:20

Small and medium sized businesses are furious about the governments alleged plan to get rid of the so-called "low tariff" value added tax rate on most products and services.

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Jun 17 '15 15:05

Dutch cities are too small to boost the economy. The population of Amsterdam would have to double for the Netherlands to match international competition. This would have a negative effect on other Dutch cities, but would be good for the Netherlands as a whole.

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Jun 17 '15 10:37

Ikea Netherlands will stop selling carbonated soft drinks from mid-September. The soft drinks will be replaced by "fruit water", which contains 50 percent less sugar

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Jun 17 '15 09:19

ABN Amro is ready for an IPO, CEO Gerrit Zalm said to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Tuesday night. According to him, the IPO is a "logical development" - the bank is financially in order and moral lessons have been learned.

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Jun 16 '15 14:16

Tourists heading to Greece should stop at an ATM before travelling to their destination, in case Greek cash machines go empty. As the country's financial problems mount, visitors to the country should prepare for troubles withdrawing money from ATMs, warns travel agents association ANVR.

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Jun 16 '15 12:56

Rabobank increased the mortgage interest rates on Monday. The interest rate on mortgages with a term of between 2 and 7 years increased by 0.1 percent. The interest rate on mortgages with a longer term increased by 0.2 percent.

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Jun 15 '15 17:35

The volume of retail trade was 1.5 percent higher compared to a year before, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This is the fifth consecutive month demonstrating growth in the volume of sale, with turnover showing an increase in both food and non-food industries.

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Jun 15 '15 14:15

The number of Japanese restaurants in the Netherlands is increasing, while the number of Chinese restaurants is on the decline. However, a large proportion of Japanese cafes actually have Chinese ownership, according to a report by AD.

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Jun 15 '15 11:08

Banks are relaunching the IBAN assistant. From today, people who want to convert their old bank account numbers to the longer IBAN numbers, can do so on www.OveropIBAN.nl, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jun 15 '15 08:24

A professor at the VU University Medical Center, who is the driving force behind the new screening for cervical cancer, concealed business interests in that research, NRC reports based on their own research.

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Jun 12 '15 16:05

The approach of the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to collusion between companies is not always the best decision for sustainability and environmental friendliness, said Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp. Quite often organizations reach agreements that are actually favorable for the environment, according to the Minister, but the watchdog stops deals dead in their tracks to prevent collusion between firms, Kamp said in a letter.

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Jun 12 '15 15:40

The tax authorities in the Netherlands launched an investigation into vacation rental and temporary housing website Airbnb to determine the amount of unpaid income tax landlords still owe. Investigators are concerned that homeowners using Airbnb to supplement their income are not declaring additional rental income.

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Jun 12 '15 09:56

Controversial taxi service UberPop is no longer offering rides to the Dutch population in general, but the service is still available to selected regular customers.

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Jun 12 '15 09:35

Shell has dispatched the first ship that is part of the fleet that will do exploratory drilling for gas and oil in the Arctic. The company announced on Thursday that the Arctic Challenger, one of the dozens of support vessels for the oil rigs, has left from Seattle and is heading towards Alaska, NU reports.

PostNL
Jun 12 '15 09:06

PostNL is willing to offer independent package delivery drivers a permanent contract. The company recently received a lot of criticism that the freelancers who deliver packages for the company are "sham-self employed" and earn little for their work. How many people will actually accept the offer, is still unknown.

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Jun 11 '15 17:30

The Midden-Nederland court approved an agreement between Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker and its creditors on Thursday, reports Omroep Flevoland. The financially-strapped car company is primed to exit administration, unless an appeal against the decision of the court is filed.

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Jun 11 '15 17:10

The Financial Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) suspects nine people from eight different investigations of filing false sales tax declarations, the authority announced on Thursday. In addition, the investigators seized a large amount of the involved companies' accounting records for investigations conducted by the Public Prosecutor's Office.

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Jun 11 '15 14:35

Editors are urging State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media to stop unfair competition in public broadcasting, referring to the Dutch Public Broadcaster's, or NPO, plans to focus completely on digital media in the coming years.

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Jun 10 '15 17:45

Corrections staff at the Bijlmerbajes and Tafelberweg prisons in Amsterdam, and the detention center at Schiphol airport plan to walk off the jobs between 12 and 3 p.m. next Thursday. Customs officials and tax authority workers from the Amsterdam and Hoofdorp offices will join the corrections worker in a march and rally in Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

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