Despite Friday's cancellation, the annual Christmas Market in Dordrecht was a success. An estimated 250 thousand people visited the market.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Statistics Netherlands, 487 businesses and institutions (excluding sole proprietorships) were declared bankrupt in November. That is 50 less than in October.
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.
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.
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.
Newspaper concern Wegener, which is being taken over by De Persgroep from Belgium, expects to eliminate around 300 jobs at its regional newspapers. This was announced yesterday by Bernard van Iren of trade union FNV KIEM.
The first day of the Christmas Market in Dordrecht has been cancelled following the severe storms that are predicted for tomorrow. The rest of the three day event will continue as planned on Saturday and Sunday.
The Dutch economy will be slightly better than expected in 2015. The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.5 percent. That is a slightly higher growth than the 1.25 percent that was expected in previous calculations.
The Dutch offshore company SBM Offshore is eliminating 1,200 jobs worldwide. The company will also be moving its headquarters from Schiedam to Amsterdam.
British budget Airline, EasyJet, is expanding their routes to vacation destinations at a rapid rate. The airline announced on Wednesday that flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol to Ibiza, Spain, Corfu, Greece and Palermo, Italy will be available from June 2015.
A recent dispute between JD Whetherspoons and Heineken, may cost the Dutch brewery up to €76 million in sales per year.
Another 105 employees will be laid off from NDC Mediagroup by July 2015, the company's director said in a statement. It amounts to a sixth of the company's workforce, and is the second time large job cuts have been announced at the regional newspaper publisher.
KPN announced today that they will again be reorganizing and 580 jobs will be lost. This time the blows fall in the departments servicing the corporate market. The layoffs that were announced earlier this year mostly affected the consumer branch of the company.
The Dutch economy is expected to rise in 2015 and 2016; but a more pronounced growth might be hindered by modest global economic expansion.
Labor unions FNV, CNV and VCP have said that the plan to keep employers in the labor market after their retirements will lead to unfair competition.
The company Uber has to stop the taxi service UberPOP. The Board of Appeals for businesses has determined that drivers transporting people in their own car for a fee with UberPOP, do so illegally if they do not have a taxi license.
Next year tax payers will have an extra month to file their income tax. The income tax will only have to be filed by May 1st, instead of April 1st.
A number of businesses have donated heaters to residents of the Sprenkelaar neighborhood in Apeldoorn who currently have no gas.