Amsterdam housing corporations are struggling with housing fraud on a large scale. They estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of their 186 thousand homes are being illegally sublet, Financieele Dagblad reports after speaking with Ymere, Rochdale and Stadgenoot - the three large housing corporations in Amsterdam.
Four Nigerian women are suing Shell in the court in The Hague. They're demanding apologies and compensation from the Dutch oil and gas giant for the execution of their husbands in Nigeria in 1995. According to the widows, and Amnesty International who is supporting them, Shell encouraged the then military regime to unlawfully arrest and detain their husbands because they were critical of Shell and the regime, RTL Nieuws reports.
Over the past decades free sector rental homes have been too much of a "neglected child" in the Dutch housing market policy, Klaas Knot, president of Dutch central bank DNB, said in a speech on Monday. He called for more attention to be paid to this part of the housing market, ANP reports.
Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 list for Europe, featuring disruptors, visionaries and rising stars in Europe, all under the age of 30. Seven of the young talents on 2019's list are Dutch.
The list contains a total of 300 talented young people, 30 each in ten categories - Art & Culture, Finance, Media & Marketing, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports & Games, Technology, Retail & Ecommerce, Manufacturing & Industry, and Entertainment.
Dutch central bank DNB fined Rabobank over 1 million euros for not having its customer files in order, and therefore doing inadequate checks on criminal money flows, Rabobank confirmed to the Volkskrant.
South Korean company Geosung Tech is threatening to seize the doors of the new sea lock in IJmuiden. The company, which built the doors, is in the midst of a financial clash with Dutch construction consortium OpenIJ, which consists of VolkerWessels and BAM, Financieele Dagblad and Cobouw report.
The steel doors, which are 72 meters long, 24 meters high and 11 meters wide, arrived in IJmuiden last month - around 8 months later than planned, partly due to the bankruptcy of one of Geosung Tech's subcontractors.
Executives of Dutch airline KLM are very concerned about the direction parent company Air France-KLM is taking, they wrote in a letter to the Air France-KLM executive board. They are particularly concerned about the imminent departure of KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, whose term is almost up, and call for him to be reappointed, ANP reports based on the letter, which is in the news wire's possession.
The Netherlands' safe traffic association VVN will start giving Amsterdam Uber drivers traffic safety training next week. This training is mandatory for all Uber drivers in the Dutch capital who are under the age of 25, NU.nl reports.
The average time parents have to wait for a childcare spot to open up for their child increased from 6 months to a year in the last 18 months. The sector attributes the increase to difficulty finding staff, and stricter rules that were implemented in January. For example, there must now be one childcare worker per three babies, instead of four, NOS reports.
The price to rent a home in the Netherlands continued to rise in the second half of 2018. The average rent increased by 2.9 percent. The average price per square meter increased by 5.9 percent, according to realtors association NVM and real estate managers association VGM, ANP reports.
Amsterdam is pushing more money and effort into repairing and maintaining bridges and quays in the city, the maintenance of which was neglected over the past decades, the municipality announced. This follows a report by external researcher Pieter Cloo, who concluded that getting the maintenance of civil construction in the city back on par is a complex, major and extremely urgent task.
Last year payment service iDEAL processed a total of 524 million transactions, an increase of 39 percent compared to the 378 million transactions in 2017, parent company Currence announced. This is the first time ever that more than half a billion iDEAL payments were made in one year, NU.nl reports.
The vast majority, 69.5 percent, of iDEAL payments were made with a mobile phone last year, thanks to the rapidly increasing popularity of mobile payments between consumers. Payment services like Tikkie accounted for 17.5 percent of iDEAL transaction.
Amsterdam is the fourth best tech city in the world, according to a ranking by international real estate service provider Savills. The Dutch capital is praised for its inhabitants' high level of knowledge and proficiency in the English language,.
Dutch airline KLM improved its punctuality last year, according to a study by aeronautical information agency OAG into the major airlines with the least chance of delays. KLM is the 10th most punctual airline, with 84.52 percent of its flights being on time. In 2017 the Dutch airline only made it to spot 30 on the rankings, AD reports.
People who use the train, tram and bus in the Netherlands will have to continue to check in each time they switch transit companies. Switching to one system for all the transit companies is too expensive, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament, NOS reports.
Parents of pupils attending CBS Tamarinde in Zaandam want the primary school to return to a five-day school week. The school has been using a four-day school week these past months due to a shortage of teachers. On the fifth day children stay at home with homework. The parents are fed up with this and filed a request with the municipal school attendance officer to reverse the measure, NOS reports.
Dutch central bank DNB issued a warning to Vivat because the insurer is too lax with its screening on terrorism financing. Vivat could face a sanction if the company does not improve the situation quickly, Financieele Dagblad reports based on a letter DNB sent to the insurer.
Officials from the European Commission want to launch an infringement procedure against the Netherlands for violating rules on pulse fishing, the Commission wrote in a letter to French environmental organization Bloom, which is in the possession of broadcaster NOS.
The European Commissioners still have to agree to this procedure. But according to NOS, it is rare for Commissioners to refuse a procedure. If the procedure is launched, it could result in the Netherlands having to adjust its policy, which can have major consequences for Dutch pulse fishermen.
The general association for school leaders AVS and union CNV are calling on school directors not to arrange a replacement teacher if any of their teachers call in sick. With this the unions want to show politicians and society that school leaders are no longer able to arrange replacements, and that they are under great pressure, NOS reports.
The burgeoning Korean optical industry is eyeing the Netherlands while seeking a global entry for their products. On January 29th, eight South Korean companies, from startups to multinationals, descended on Amsterdam to show off innovative eyeglass designs, materials and manufacturing processes to Dutch wholesalers and retailers.
"There are many designers in Korea that are famous now," said Sandy Yu of S.I. Vision. "We are now here to show off our designs."
People who work in an office that has plants in it call in sick 20 percent less often than people working in rooms with no plants, according to research by Wageningen University and scientific company Fytagoras. Having plants in the workplace amounts to an average of 1.6 sick days less per employee per year, the researchers concluded, RTL Nieuws reports.
A ruling by the court in The Hague that held the Dutch State partly accountable for the death of around 300 Muslim men after the fall of Bosnian Muslim enclave Srebrenica in 1995, is unjust, the Advocate General said in advice to the Supreme Court. According to the advocate General, Dutch UN battalion Dutchbat can not be held liable for the death of the Muslim men, NU.nl reports.
Student enrollment for higher professional education (HBO) in the Netherlands reached a record high for the academic year 2018/2019, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences announced. A total of 110,307 students enrolled, 3.4 percent more than the previous year, NU.nl reports.
An increase in first year students can be seen in almost all sectors of higher professional education, both in full-time and part-time courses.
Corendon will be transporting a Boeing 747-400 from Schiphol to the Corendon Village Hotel in Badhovedorp from February 5th. During the 5-day-long transport operation, the plane will cross a highway, a provincial road and 17 sea locks, NU.nl reports.
KLM retired the Boeing in November last year, after 29 years of service, and sold it to Corendon. After its last commercial flight, it was painted in Corendon's colors and had its engines removed. It's final destination is a spot in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel.