Apr 13 '15 10:09

Minister Jet Bussemaker, who in addition to Education is also responsible for Emancipation, wants to go forward with the new database for top women that are suitable for high-level business positions.

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Apr 10 '15 15:52

Shipowner groups and seafarer unions are demanding European Union member states take immediate action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean sea, a joint letter from the associations states. Thousands of people from Northern Africa have tried to cross the sea to Europe on overcrowded boats and 3,500 have already lost their lives since 2014, the letter claims.

Apr 10 '15 15:31

Dutch truck producer DAF is increasing its staff by 240 people in Eindhoven and the Belgian city of Westerlo. The job creation is a result of a production expansion in the company, RTL reported.

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Apr 10 '15 15:14

The supermarket chain Jumbo claims to be the first Dutch grocery store to allow contactless purchases in all of its stores, the company said in a statement on Friday. New debit card machines installed over the next few weeks will work with the newer generation of bank cards, the company promised.

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Apr 10 '15 13:27

After months of negotiations, Dutch airline KLM finalized a deal with ground crew labour unions on a new collective bargaining agreement overnight. Leadership at the five trade unions will give their recommendations about the new contract before the full membership votes on its approval later this month, KLM said in a statement.

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Apr 9 '15 16:14

The merger of UPC and Ziggo into one network provider has not been without complications. A survey of 3,000 Ziggo clients revealed that a quarter of subscribers have since experienced problems watching television, reports de Volkskrant.

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Apr 9 '15 15:43

Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem said he considered firing ABN Amro CEO Gerrit Zalm because he wanted to increase salaries of six co-directors, reports AD. He decided against it after concluding the bank would stick to its earlier action plan, approved by Parliament and the Finance Ministry, Dijsselbloem said Thursday in a session with MPs.

Housing Market
Apr 9 '15 14:13

Amsterdam's housing market has shown a decline compared to that of the national market. In the first quarter of 2015, Amsterdam home sales totaled 2,490, which is 21.3 percent lower than in the last quarter of 2014, reports Het Parool. National sales were up by 19 percent from the first quarter of 2014, though down by 16.9 percent with respect to the last quarter of the previous year.

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Apr 9 '15 14:04

Inflation in the Netherlands has risen to 0.4 percent, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measurement, reports the Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS). After a sharp decline in January, inflation is rising for the second consecutive month. In February, it stood at 0.2 percent.

Apr 9 '15 09:42

Companies are trying to avoid the new dismissal rules taking effect in the Netherlands on July 1st by prematurely dismissing temporary workers on a large scale, Volkskrant reports based on emails and documents seen by the newspaper. Companies are dismissing temp workers to avoid having to pay the statutory severance pay from July.

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Apr 8 '15 13:00

Dutch pension funds, insurance companies and banks are to make investment of additional two billion euros into Dutch SMEs in the following three years, reports the cabinet. To make this possible, the Dutch Investment Institution (NLII) is establishing two separate investment funds. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ) will support the private initiative and make certain guarantees available for the investors.

Apr 8 '15 11:27

Dutch pension funds, insurance companies and banks will invest an additional 2 billion euros to provide loans for Dutch small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the next three years, the government announced Wednesday. For this purpose, the Netherlands Investment Institution (NLII) is establishing two investment funds Wednesday.

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Apr 8 '15 11:22

A Tweede Kamer hearing about remuneration in the financial sector became confrontational between MPs and three major companies’ executives Tuesday. Speaking in the lower house of parliament, representatives from ABN AMRO, Aegon and ING attempted to convince the public of the need to pay market-based salaries to attract qualified managers, reports NOS.

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Apr 8 '15 09:59

Shell has put in a bid of about 47 billion pounds (64.3 billion euros) for the British gas firm BG, the two companies announced Wednesday.

Apr 7 '15 18:17

Despite an ongoing public discussion into controversial pay raises approved for the executive board at Dutch bank ABN Amro, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem sees an IPO as a possibility at some point in 2015. Dijsselbloem was once enthusiastic of the government-run bank being spun off, but that sentiment was dampened once the pay raise was publicly announced.

Apr 7 '15 12:36

About twelve percent of electric cars purchased in the Netherlands with generous tax breaks and subsidies are eventually sold off abroad, data provided by VWE to the Financieele Dagblad. The primary purchasers are Norwegians that receive various benefits from the government for driving an electric vehicle.

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Apr 7 '15 11:35

At least 21,000 Amsterdam youth should find a job or return to school, the municipality announced at the unveiling of a new employment initiative. The city plans to strengthen vocational education and improve the educators' links to the labour market.

Apr 7 '15 08:30

American parcel deliverer FedEx plans to buy its Dutch counterpart TNT Express, the companies announced in a joint press release.

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Apr 6 '15 10:33

The commotion surrounding the ABN Amro executive bonuses had no effect on the distribution of Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, seats in Maurice de Hond's latest poll. The confidence in PvdA Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance has not fallen and, along with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA), he still holds the most trust of all the cabinet members.

Apr 3 '15 15:42

PostNL package carriers feel exploited for having to invest significant amounts of their own money in their work and getting paid too little for being only part-time independent contractors, Volkskrant writes. One of the carriers is suing PostNL in pursuit of lost wages.

Apr 3 '15 14:03

The number of bankruptcies in the Netherlands decreased by 19 percent in the first quarter of this year. Freelancers in particular are doing well.

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Apr 2 '15 16:53

The ABN Amro spin-off unto the public market might happen this year after all as the government continues working to list the bank back on the stock market, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in his weekly press conference after the Cabinet meeting. He says he still has confidence in the leadership of ABN Amro even after the "climate of unrest" from postponing the IPO decision after recent turmoil surrounding the approval of pay raises of the ABN Amro executive board.

Apr 2 '15 12:17

Ronald van Zetten, CEO of Dutch department store Hema, is resigning after 12 years, Trouw reports. His resignation takes effect on April 13th, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Apr 2 '15 11:03

According to the Dutch Association of Banks, it is easier for freelancers and self-employed people to get a mortgage loan than they might think. But according to Arjen Vrolijk of ZZP Nederland, bank employees and mortgage advisers do not always have the right knowledge to analyse their financial statements