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Apr 15 '15 16:03

Workers let go before July 1 will be offered an additional compensation package, ING announced on Wednesday. The bank ruffled feathers with its plan to release workers by the end of June, beating out enforcement of new rules requiring severance pay for those working on temporary and flexible contracts.

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Apr 15 '15 15:54

Pensions of 2.8 million people held by ABP will not be increased in 2016. The chances of any increase in the first several years following are very limited, the new chairman of ABP, Corien Wortmann-Kool, told the newspaper NRC.

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Apr 15 '15 14:14

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs wants dutch cities to be able to compete with the world leaders. He therefore plans to give them a boost to enable more growth and innovation, he said in an interview with Trouw on Wednesday.

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Apr 15 '15 09:54

The municipality of Amsterdam and GVB are working towards a cleaner city with public transport that is completely emission-free, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. GVB's fleet will be replaced with electric buses and vans and solar panels on the GVB buildings and subway stations will generate renewable energy.

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Apr 14 '15 18:30

Gas extraction in Loppersum, Groningen is temporarily stopped under strict conditions to protect the safety of area residents, the Council of State in the Netherlands decided on Tuesday. A final decision will be released later this year, the council stated.

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Apr 14 '15 17:20

Alternative taxi company Uber started a petition in order to save its court-banned function UberPOP, the firm writes on their website. The petition drew nearly 10,800 supporters by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and it will be submitted to Infrastructure and Environment Secretary Wilma Mansveld.

Apr 14 '15 15:10

The number of licensed sex businesses has shown a significant decline in the past few years. Last year there were about 674 sex establishments, compared to 1,127 in 2006.

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Apr 14 '15 15:05

Pharmaceutical firms paid out over 38 million euros to caregivers in 2014, for services like providing counsel, sitting on advisory boards, conducting research, presenting lectures and writing academic articles, according to the Transparency Register. The amount is 15 percent higher than in 2013, with doctors and dentists receiving an average of about 2,600 euros last year, they published in a report on Tuesday.

Marco Galasso's 2011 work "the mask"
Apr 14 '15 10:21

The majority of Dutch people think that the Dutch Central Bank employee who was caught living a double life as a BDSM mistress should be able to do what she wants after office hours.

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Apr 13 '15 17:46

Disruption in train services to and from Schiphol airport were eventually cleared up late Monday afternoon. Maintenance was scheduled to end by 5 a.m. just before morning rush hour, but the number of available trains running was significantly reduced.

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Apr 13 '15 17:05

All NS Intercity trains will be equipped with 4G mobile internet connections by the end of the summer, reports public transport news outlet OV Magazine. The first Intercity trains with high-speed internet are already operational.

Marco Galasso's 2011 work "the mask"
Apr 13 '15 16:11

A Dutch Central Bank (DNB) official has been discovered living a double life as an exclusive sadomasochistic mistress for six years, Quote reveals. The bank cracked the whip and fired her after eight years of employment last October.

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Apr 13 '15 15:10

Flexible contracts are now even less likely to result in permanent employment for employees after one year of service, new figures from jobs and benefits agency UWV show. Currently, only one in 20 temporary employees, or five percent, will receive a permanent position after a year at the firm.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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