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Greenhouse gas emissions
Sep 11 '19 11:55

Last year the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands was 2 percent lower than in 2017 and 15 percent lower than in 1990, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The Netherlands still has a long way to go to achieve its climate goal of 49 percent less emissions in 2030 compared to 1990.

Primary school classroom
Sep 11 '19 11:20

The government is structurally allocating 285 million euros for better working conditions for teachers in primary education, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education announced. But he stressed that the social partners must make agreements about how this money will be used. "I make an urgent appeal to the social partners to go back to the table and use this money for teachers", he said, NU.nl reports.

Woman with a wallet full of euros
Sep 11 '19 08:49

Dutch employees can look forward to higher-than-expected wage increases next year, according to calculations from employers' association AWVN based on the collective bargaining agreements that have already been reached, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Central planning office CPB expected a wage increase in the market sector of 2.5 percent next year. But based on the multi-year collective bargaining agreements already reached in the market sector, AWVN calculates a wage increase of 3.3 percent for next year. 

Child playing with toy airplane
Sep 11 '19 08:29

Ruling parties VVD and D66 think that the Netherlands can be a world leader when it comes to electric air travel. And to achieve that the Netherlands should do much more to stimulate and experiment with electric flying, VVD parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra and D66 parliamentarian Jan Paternotte proposed during a parliamentary debate on aviation, NOS reports.

Waitresses
Sep 10 '19 14:50

The annual staff turnover in the Dutch hotel and catering industry is 40 percent. This costs the sector 1.4 billion euros per year, or around 6 percent of its total turnover, ABN Amro said in a report on Tuesday. Better working conditions can reduce this, according to the bank, NU.nl reports.

Natural gas extraction
Sep 10 '19 13:28

The Dutch government wants to halt gas extraction in Groningen much earlier than originally planned. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate now thinks that gas extraction in the earthquake-ridden province can be stopped by mid-2022, instead of in 2030, NOS reports.

My_room_in_the_dormitory_(7950132936)
Sep 10 '19 12:20

Investors have discovered the student housing market. Over the past five years, commercial parties invested over a billion euros into student housing. That amount increases if collaboration with idealistic student housing providers such as corporation DUWO and foundation SSH is added to the calculation, according to a study by real estate advisor Savills and De Volkskrant. 

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Sep 10 '19 11:30

Many train stations in the Netherlands are not built to handle the expected growth in traveler numbers in the coming years. In order to prevent unclear and even dangerous situations on overcrowded platforms, rail manager ProRail is drawing up an emergency plan to keep the crowds under control, NU.nl reports. 

Passenger and freight transport on the Dutch rails is expected to increase by 40 percent by 2040. This means that more trains will have to run, and more tracks will have to be built in the coming years to cope with this growth. 

Rabobank mobile banking
Sep 10 '19 10:39

Instant bank transfers is now available to customers of seven Dutch banks. With the introduction of Instant Payments, customers can transfer money at night, over the weekend and on public holidays and it will immediately show in the recipient's account, instead of the recipient having to wait for the next business day, the Dutch Payments Association said to AD.

Street party in Spuibuurt in Amsterdam
Sep 10 '19 10:19

By 2035 the population of the Netherlands will count 18.3 million people, 1 million more than in 2019, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. Most of the population growth will happen in the large and medium-sized cities, and the municipalities around them. But 1 in 5 municipalities will also shrink, especially on the edges of the Netherlands.

Police officers on a crowded street
Sep 10 '19 08:52

A decade after the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s hit the Netherlands, most Dutch have recovered and are satisfied with their lives. But that does not apply to a group of around 400 thousand people who are still struggling, social and cultural planning office SCP said in its report The social state of the Netherlands. The SCP looked at the state of the Netherlands in the period 2008 to 2018, NOS reports.

Hard hat
Sep 9 '19 15:40

There are massive differences in the costs involved in getting a building permit for new homes from Dutch municipalities, according to homeowners' association VEH. The association wants Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs to put an end to the large differences in municipal building fees, Omroep West reports.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 9 '19 14:00

Of the 514 European Medicines Agency (EMA) employees who moved to the Netherlands so far, half decided to live in Amsterdam. 256 of these expats now call Amsterdam home, and 258 opted to live elsewhere in the country, according to figures released by the municipality of Amsterdam.

Cows in a stable
Sep 9 '19 13:10

Coalition party D66 wants to reduce the number of livestock in the Netherlands by half. This will reduce nitrogen emissions, and create more room to build new houses, D66 parliamentarian Tjeerd de Groot said to RTL Nieuws.

It's a simple calculation, according to De Groot. "70 percent of Dutch nitrogen emissions come from agriculture, a large part of which comes from intensive livestock farming. That is huge. At the same time, the contribution of intensive livestock farming to our own economy is not even 1 percent. The ratio is completely missing."

Man googling how to fix a toaster
Sep 9 '19 11:00

The ideal advertising foundation SIRE is launching a campaign on Monday to encourage Dutch people to not throw away their broken items immediately, but first try and repair them. SIRE hopes that the campaign will make Dutch aware of the value of their possessions, ANP reports.

Savings
Sep 9 '19 10:10

Dutch consumers will start paying interest on their savings accounts in the near future, various analysts told Financieele Dagblad. They describe negative interest rates on savings as an unavoidable future.

The cash that Dutch banks keep and are required to deposit at the European Central Bank currently costs them more than half a billion euros per year, due to the negative deposit interest rate. "Dutch banks together have 138 billion euros in surplus liquidity, and they pay 0.4 percent on that", Elwin de Groot of Rabobank said to FD.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Sep 9 '19 10:10

A two-day strike by the Balpa labor union for pilots in the UK has led to at least 44 flight cancellations at Schiphol Airport, according to information provided by the Amsterdam airport. Pilots for British Airways walked off the job on Monday, leading to about 1,700 canceled flights in total.

Of British Airways flights originating in Amsterdam, eight flights to Heathrow and three flights to Gatwick were canceled on Monday and again on Tuesday. The figures were the same also for flights destined for Schiphol.

Brexit
Sep 9 '19 08:42

Since the British population decided that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016, Dutch investments in the UK decreased steadily and existing investments were even withdrawn. British investments in the Netherlands, on the other hand, more than quadrupled since the Brexit decision was made, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

Students
Sep 7 '19 09:00

International students bring considerably more money into the Dutch economy than they cost it, according to a study by central planning office CPB. Foreign students from non-European Union countries in particular generate a lot of money for the Dutch treasury, NU.nl reports.

Apartment buildings
Sep 6 '19 11:00

Last year 17.4 percent of the Dutch population lived alone, compared to 15.7 percent in 2008, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. The percentage of single-person households increased in all age groups except among people in their 70s and 80s.

Window washers
Sep 6 '19 10:10

The tightness on the Dutch labor market is now also visible in jobs with no or low starting qualifications, according to a study by benefits agency UWV. Twenty professions in this category are now struggling to fill vacancies. This includes jobs like traffic controllers, cleaning staff, and work on the assembly line, NOS reports.

Lelystad Airport
Sep 6 '19 09:18

After two years of haggling between The Hague and Brussels, the European Commission approved the regulation that makes it possible to distribute flights between Schiphol and Lelystad Airport, NOS reports based on a draft decision in its possession. The proposal was submitted to all European Union Member States, and they agreed to it unanimously, according to the broadcaster.

Traffic in the rain
Sep 6 '19 08:08

Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.

Albert Heijn tests cash register-less store in Zaanda, 5 September 2019
Sep 5 '19 16:00

On Thursday Albert Heijn is launching an experiment with a store with no cash registers. The store's door opens when you scan your debit card, and checkout is automatic when you leave - with no need to register for the service, scan products or download an app, NOS reports.

The Dutch supermarket chain is the first in Europe to test such a system in practice. The experiment will happen at the AH head office in Zaandam, only with Albert Heijn employees. Later this year, the small experimental store will move to another location where regular customers can test it.

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