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Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Dec 12 '19 16:00

From next year, Netherlands residents and businesses who suffered collective damage, for example through a car or another product that's been tampered with, can go together to court to get their damages compensated. A new law by Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection, which allows these class action lawsuits, takes effect on January 1st.

Currently, joint proceedings only allow for a judge to make a ruling, for example on whether a company acted lawfully. No compensation can be claimed. If the ruling is in the victims' favor, they have to arrange the compensation themselves.

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Dec 12 '19 11:31

After a year of difficult negotiations, a collective bargaining agreement was reached for primary education. The trade unions and employers agreed on a 4.5 percent wage increase for all teaching staff. They will also receive a once-off payment of 33 percent of their monthly wage and a once-off amount of 875 euros, education union AOb announced.

Crowded departure hall at Schiphol Airport
Dec 12 '19 10:46

A major fuel outage at Schiphol in July, that left hundreds of flights canceled and tens of thousands of travelers stranded, was caused by a loose neutral wire in an electrical installation, research agency TNO concluded after investigating the failure. According to TNO, the error likely occurred during electrical installation work in February, NOS reports.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Dec 12 '19 08:10

The Noord-Zuid subway line in Amsterdam will be extended to Schiphol and Hoofddorp within the next decade, and the estimated costs of the project are least 3 billion euros, the Volkskrant reports based on sources within the seven parties involved in the project.

Lecture hall
Dec 11 '19 16:30

Nine-year-old Laurent Simons is almost certainly exchanging Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) for a top university in the United States, his father Alexander Simons said on Pauw on Tuesday. The boy and his parents planned for him to graduate as an Electrical Engineer in December, but clashed with TU/e when the university called this unattainable. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Dec 11 '19 15:20

A two-year long experiment with running a night train from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen after Friday night draws to a close attracted enough passengers to be considered a success, according to NS. The rail company will add this train to the timetable for the coming two years, RTV Noord reports.

The train departs from Rotterdam Central Station at just after midnight, pulling out of the station at 12:05 a.m. on Saturdays. It then runs via Utrecht, Zwolle and Assen to Groningen, where it arrives just before 3:00 a.m. 

A scooter rider and several bicyclists approach a snorfiets checkpoint in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 April 2019
Dec 11 '19 12:50

Moving scooters and mopeds from bicycle paths to the public roads had a positive effect on both road safety and the flow of traffic, the municipality of Amsterdam said in a press release. Since the scooter ban from bike paths was implemented in April, the number of accidents decreased considerably, the city said.

ABN Amro app
Dec 11 '19 09:05

The punishment for fraud with newer payment methods such as banking apps and Tikkie will increase, according to a legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is working on. Those caught committing fraud with Tikkie or other apps will soon face up to six years in prison, instead of the current between one and four years.

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Dec 10 '19 16:20

Farmers in the Netherlands will hold more protests on Wednesday, December 18th. Exactly what form these protest actions will take, is not yet clear and will likely only be announced shortly in advance, NOS reports.

TU Eindhoven
Dec 10 '19 13:50

Laurent Simons, a 9-year-old from Amsterdam, immediately stopped his studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The boy was on track to be the youngest ever graduate of the Electrical Engineering course, but will not finish his studies due to a conflict with the university, NOS reports.

Tata Steel IJmuiden at sunset
Dec 10 '19 10:30

Employees of steel producer Tata Steel gathered on the parking lot of FC Velsenoord in Velsen-Noord on Tuesday morning to protest against announced layoffs at the steel factory in IJmuiden. The employees are gathered to hear what managers of union FNV and the chairman of the company's Central Works Council have to say about their future, NH Nieuws reports.

Sanomatalo, The Sanoma House, in Helsinki
Dec 10 '19 09:42

Finnish publishing giant Sanoma sold its unit Sanoma Media Netherlands to Belgian company DPG Media for an amount of 460 million euros, Sanoma announced on Tuesday. No jobs will be lost in the deal - all 977 employees, equivalent to 894 full-time positions, will mover from Sanoma to DPG.

Containers in the port of Rotterdam
Dec 10 '19 09:06

The Dutch government has formulated ambitious sustainability goals, like reducing CO2 emissions by 49 percent by 2030 and achieving a fully circular economy by 2050, but there is no coherent vision on what a sustainable society will look like and how to get to such a society, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure said in its advisory report titled "Toward

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Dec 10 '19 08:23

On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.

Primary school classroom
Dec 10 '19 07:26

Nearly two-thirds of primary school teachers in the Netherlands have pupils in the classroom who live in poverty. They notice that these children have more problems with their school performance than their peers with no money problems at home, according to a survey among 700 primary school teachers by DUO. 20 percent of teachers stopped group discussions about weekend or holiday activities, because it is "too painful" for the pupils who could not do anything, AD reports.

Lagerwey three-bladed windmill
Dec 9 '19 07:54

A 32-meter high toppled over Sunday night in Jorwert, Friesland, while a weather warning for strong winds was in effect. Though it was initially reported to the fire department as a possible case of storm damage, authorities told broadcaster NOS the cause is still under investigation.

It happened at about 6:45 p.m. on Hessensereed, a quiet road in the quiet Frisian town. The windmill fell across the street, blocking traffic in both directions.

Entrance to parking in front of the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam
Dec 8 '19 09:00

Amsterdam has topped another global list this week, only this time the honor is not nearly as friendly as a title like Best Place to Live, or the Safest City in the EU. Drivers resource website and app Parkopedia has named the Dutch capital the most expensive city globally for street parking.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Dec 7 '19 20:38

A five-year-old boy who was trapped under the rubble of a snack bar which blew up on Saturday was rescued five hours after the explosion. The boy, known as Kenan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, according to authorities in Drenthe.

He is the son of the snack bar's owner, according to RTL Nieuws. He was in communication with emergency workers during his ordeal, but it is not clear if that was still true several hours into the ordeal.

The boy's father, who owns the Ali Baba grill cafe, was taken to the hospital soon after the explosion. 

Lecture Hall
Dec 6 '19 15:20

Over the past six years, universities in the Netherlands left at least 2 million euros in subsidies intended to promote promising female scientists untouched. A fifth of women eligible for grants through these subsidies did not get them, even though they applied for them, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.

Empty classroom
Dec 6 '19 11:10

Young people with a disability such as Down's syndrome are forced to leave school at age 18 in some regions of the Netherlands, while they are legally entitled to education until they are 20, according to a study by Reporter Radio. Special education schools stress that continuing education is crucial for these young people's development, NRC reports.

Protest against the deportation of Armenian kids Howick and Lili, 12 Aug 2017
Dec 6 '19 10:20

KLM refused too cooperate last year in the deportation of child asylum seekers Lili and Howick. The Dutch airline canceled their tickets one night before they were set to be on a flight to Armenia, according to a report from the Justice and Security Inspectorate, NOS reports.

The night before Lili and Howick's scheduled deportation, the director of KLM called the director general of repatriation and deportation service DT&V. The airline director informed him that KLM would not participate in the children's deportation. 

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 5 '19 13:40

Flight traffic at Eindhoven Airport started up early Thursday afternoon after thick fog and poor visibility kept planes grounded throughout the morning. A large number of flights are reported as delayed on Schiphol's site. 

Carrots for Sinterklaas' horse
Dec 5 '19 11:50

This evening is Pakjesavond in the Netherlands - the evening on which Sinterklaas delivers his gifts. As a result, evening rush hour is expected to start earlier and be busier than usual, as many people leave work earlier than normal to get home on time, travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat warn.

Electric car
Dec 5 '19 08:59

The sale of electric cars to private individuals will see a breakthrough in the coming year, according to a study by travelers' association ANWB. 58 percent of individuals in the Netherlands plan to eventually switch to an electric car, and 5 percent want to do so next year, the ANWB found, the Telegraaf reports.

"It is striking that the lower income classes now also want to switch to electric", Marco van Eenennaam of the ANWB said to the Telegraaf. "Until now, only corporate drivers and higher income groups were interested."

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