Shareholders of Dutch listed companies are increasingly committed to recruiting more female board members. Half of the board members appointed since October 2018, are women, according to a study into this year's shareholders' meetings by Eumedion, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations signed a new Housing Deal for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area on Friday. The deal states that 230 thousand new homes will be built in the city and its surroundings until 2040, with focus on affordable housing for lower and mid-level incomes. 100 thousand of these homes will be built by 2025, the city announced in a press release.
More than half of pupils who were in the so-called bridge class in middle school in the 1999/2000 school year, knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Eighteen years later, in 2017, just over 18 percent of them are working in their dream job or in a connecting industry, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
28 percent of Dutch are not going on holiday this summer, compared to 25 percent last year. The vast majority of them say that vacation is simply too expensive, according to Nibud's annual survey on how Dutch spend their holiday pay, NU.nl reports.
Dutch are increasingly using their holiday pay to catch up on arrears or to pay off debts. Four years ago, 12 percent of Dutch spent their holiday pay in this way. Now that is 18 percent.
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management wants to allow the number of flight movements at Schiphol to increase to a limited extent from 2021, sources in The Hague said to broadcaster NOS. The cabinet will discuss this proposal on Friday.
More and more Dutch people are taking the train. NS saw its number of passengers increase by nearly 3 percent last year. On average, 1.3 million people took the train each working day last year, 100 thousand more than in 2016, AD reports.
Remarkably, the number of weekend travelers saw a stronger increase than weekday travelers. On Saturdays and Sundays, 4.2 percent more people took the train in 2018 than in 2017. During the weekdays, passenger numbers increased by 2.2 percent. That brings NS' total passenger growth for 2018 to 2.7 percent.
Taxi companies in Amsterdam are working with the municipality and the Amsterdam region's Discrimination Hotline to take measures to combat discrimination. This was prompted by an incident during Pride Amsterdam last year, when a taxi driver refused to give Pride ambassador Jennifer Hopelezz a ride. With Pride 2019 a month away, the taxi companies signed a declaration of intent for a discrimination-free taxi market, NOS reports.
The average free sector rent paid by tenants in the Netherlands now stands at 1 thousand euros per month. This is even higher in the four large Dutch cities, where tenants pay an average rent of 1,154 euros per month, Rabobank economists said in a report published on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
This means that the national average rent is currently at the upper limit of 1 thousand euros for the middle segment. The middle segment is defined by homes with rents between 720 euros and 1 thousand euros per month.
By 2021, the Dutch government wants to begin phasing out the OV Chipkaart payment method used by public transportation operators for nearly a decade, the top deputy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management wrote in a letter to parliament. New payment options will be meant to bring the options for local commuters inline with existing and future technologies commonly available to public transit users globally, Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer said.
Mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam is currently exploring various options for a new prostitution policy in the Red Light District. One of the options she is considering is closing all the window brothels in the area, NU.nl reports.
According to the mayor, the situation in the center of Amsterdam increasingly "dire" due to the continuing suspicions of human trafficking and the growth of unlicensed prostitution. "It forces us to put the prostitution policy on the agenda again", she said in a letter to the city council on Wednesday.
With its Dutch airports alone, the Schiphol Group is responsible for 13.6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, according to a study by environmental research agency CE Delft on behalf of Greenpeace. Schiphol itself says it emits only 33 thousand tons of CO2, the Volkskrant reports.
According to CE Delft's calculations, Schiphol is responsible for almost 7 percent of all CO2 emissions in the Netherlands. For comparison, all passenger cars in the country account for 8.5 percent of Dutch emissions.
Hema is having a go at the American and Canadian markets under the name Hema Amsterdam through a partnership with Walmart. In the United States, the Dutch company will soon start selling household items via Walmart.com. And in Canada, Hema is working with a local partner to open independent stores and will also open shops-in-shops through Walmart, NU.nl reports.
No buses or trams are running in The Hague between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Employees of city transport company HTM are striking for better working conditions. They want a wage increase and a lower workload, among other things, NOS reports.
HTM said it tried to keep the buses and trams running as much as possible, but that turned out not to be an option. "It is very annoying that our travelers are once again the victim, but we simply do not find it responsible", the HTM management said.
Dutch companies involved in the cultivation of flowers in developing countries agree that there are many abuses in this industry. The working conditions are poor and the excessive use of pesticides and water puts food productions in those countries at risk. Some 600 Dutch companies - from growers to supermarkets - therefore signed a covenant promising improvement, NOS reports.
The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA wants to spread asylum centers more evenly across the Netherlands, which means that new asylum centers will mainly have to open in the west of the country, Milo Schoenmaker, chairman of the COA board, said in an interview with newspaper AD.
Telecom company KPN launched an online claim form for customers inconvenienced by a nationwide outage last week Monday. In addition to leaving emergency number 1-1-2 unavailable for over three hours, KPN customers could also not make or receive calls during the outage.
A few thousand suitcases were left behind at Schiphol Airport after a malfunction in the baggage system over the weekend. There is currently so much luggage at the airport, that some suitcases are even stored under an overpass on the site, NH Nieuws reports.
The malfunction happened on Saturday and was fixed that same day. "We are now in the process of sending the suitcases, but because it involves a few thousand, it takes a while", a spokesperson for the airport said to the regional broadcaster.
From this month, many working 21-year-olds will earn hundreds of euros more. Starting today, 21-year-olds no longer fall under the lower youth minimum wage, but will instead be entitled to the adult minimum wage. This means a salary bump from 1,373 euros per month to 1,636 euros per month, according to the government's website.
The Climate Agreement that the Dutch government is presenting on Friday afternoon is insufficient for fair and effective climate policy, according to environmental organizations Greenpeace and Milieudefensie and trade union FNV. "A few crucial improvements are needed to ensure that we achieve the right breakthroughs for the Netherlands and the world", Greenpeace director Joris Thijssen said at a press conference just hours before the government presented its plans, NOS reports.
Companies increasingly say that they attach great importance to more diversity in high positions, yet cultural diversity among executives is still an exception and not the rule at Dutch companies, according to the 2018 Monitor by Talent to the Top. While companies say they want to increase diversity among their execs, few are willing to actually set goals and implement measures to achieve this, NOS reports.
People who live near Schiphol airport are regularly exposed to increased concentrations of ultra-fine particles in the air, which can have an effect on their health. On days that the wind blows from Schiphol, children with respiratory diseases show more symptoms and more often have to use their medication, according to the interim results of a study by public health institute RIVM, Utrecht University, and the Amsterdam academic medical center AMC.
The Netherlands is attracting a lot of foreign direct investments, ranking 4th best in Europe after the United Kingdom, Germany and France, according to the interim Global Location Trends report published by IBM.
Last year the Netherlands attracted 396 foreign investment projects, which together created an estimated 9,500 jobs. That is a decline of 1.5 percent in foreign investment projects compared to 2017. As a result, job growth also declined slightly in 2018.
Dutch entrepreneurs are the victims of the rise of Chinese online stores, according to the VVD. Ordering products from China is too cheap and Dutch business owners can't compete with that. Measures must be taken, the ruling party said, according to newspaper AD.
Last year Dutch municipalities collected 8.5 billion kilograms of household waste. That is 494 kilograms of garbage per Netherlands inhabitant. 58 percent of the collected waste was separated for recycling, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.