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Dec 18 '14 10:01

Airbnb and the City of Amsterdam today announced that they have entered into an agreement on home sharing. This agreement aims to simplify the payment of tourist tax for hosts in Amsterdam and also promote responsible home sharing.

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Dec 17 '14 21:15

The global payment technology firm Adyen has announced on Tuesday that the company has taken on €250 million in investment. The successful securities offering was lead by growth equity investor, General Atlantic, in collaboration with Temasek, Index Ventures and Felicis Ventures.

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Dec 17 '14 08:59

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet will further reduce the gas extraction in Groningen. A maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters of gas may be extracted from the gas field in Groningen in 2015, previously it was 42.5 billion cubic meters. This is a reduction of about 7 percent.

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Dec 16 '14 22:31

Albert Heijn supermarkets are selling deformed fruits and vegetables at a quarter of the standard selling price. The company is doing this in an attempt to reduce excessive food wastage, reports business news website Z24.

Dec 16 '14 17:40

A plan to strip the requirement that health insurers reimburse a large portion of medical bills from out-of-network specialists was struck down by the Senate by a five-vote margin. The proposal from Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) mustered 33 votes, with three members of her party’s coalition partner, PvdA, defecting with “no” votes.

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Dec 16 '14 17:10

The Groningen provincial government has stated that it intends to press a case with the Council of State against the Dutch government if drastic measures are not implemented to reduce gas extraction in the province, the NRC reported Tuesday. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is expected to propose a five percent decrease in gas extraction during a stop in Groningen on Wednesday, which would cost the Netherlands about €500 million in annual revenue.

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Dec 16 '14 14:33

According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, the increase of women in the labor market has leveled off after the significant increase between 1998 and 2013.

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Dec 16 '14 13:50

Zeeman is retracting an Airport Play Set which depicts the Twin Towers on its packaging.

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Dec 16 '14 08:51

The gas valve in Groningen will be slowed even further to prevent earthquakes. The cabinet discussed this last Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dec 16 '14 08:31

Citizens of the Netherlands have to deal with the most online banking failures in the world. Customers of ING suffered most often from a failure in the last year.

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Dec 16 '14 07:51

The Netherlands rugby association NRB needs 1.2 million euro on the short term to avoid bankruptcy

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Dec 15 '14 23:11

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has found Google in breach of several provisions of the Dutch data protection act with its new privacy policy, according to a press release by the CBP. Google could face a €15 million fine because of the alleged violations.

Dec 15 '14 20:06

Passengers on Dutch national rail carrier NS will find their waiting times shortened as the transportation firm rolls out their new schedule, putting more trains on the tracks. The service increase comes at a time when the company's conductors and workers say they are concerned that they are overworked with minimal time for breaks, and no rest in between hours-long routes.

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Dec 15 '14 12:42

Despite Friday's cancellation, the annual Christmas Market in Dordrecht was a success. An estimated 250 thousand people visited the market.

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Dec 15 '14 12:41

There has been a steep drop in the number of people who donate funds to environmental organizations; research by the VARA-radio program “Vroege Vogels” reports that membership numbers of hundreds of organisations have dropped by a few thousand in the last year.

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Dec 15 '14 11:47

The Cabinet should inform the Second Chamber about what arrangements the Tax Service has made with multinationals. This is according to an opinion piece in the Volkskrant written by Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Arnold Merkies (SP,) Carola Schouten (ChristenUnie) and Pieter Omtzigt (CDA).

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Dec 15 '14 11:21

State Secretary Dijksma of Economic Affairs has relaxed the measures to prevent bird flu from spreading. The relaxed measures take effect from today. There has been no new cases of avian influenza in the Netherlands during the past two weeks.

Dec 14 '14 11:31

All Dutch customers who invested in Icesave are to be refunded in full, the bank said last week. The online subsidiary of failed national Icelandic bank Landsbanki had offered Dutch customers five percent interest rates on savings, much higher than what was available in the Netherlands at that time, before going belly-up in 2008.

Dec 14 '14 10:25

As 2014 comes to a close, likely to be the warmest year in three centuries, the average Dutch household has saved an estimated €140 on natural gas this year, according to energy giant Eneco.

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Dec 12 '14 15:31

KLM and hospitality company Airbnb yesterday announced that they will entering into a long-term partnership. To introduce the partnership, KLM transformed an airplane into an apartment which was listed on Airbnb.

Dec 12 '14 15:09

According to Statistics Netherlands, 487 businesses and institutions (excluding sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in November. That is 50 less than in October.

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Dec 12 '14 12:54

As of January 1st, the excise tax on petrol, diesel and LPG will be even higher. Nove, the trade association for the independent fuel trade, wants the Second Chamber to cancel this increase.

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Dec 12 '14 11:16

The directors of KLM want to reduce the number of management levels in the company. Some departments have nine hierarchical layers, two of which will be removed.

Dec 12 '14 08:50

In 2012 and 2013 hospitals sent in 276 million euro in false claims. An investigation shows that 1.2 percent of the revenue was not declared properly. There are currently discussions on how that money should be paid back to the insurers.

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