Owners of a Suzuki Vitara or a Jeep Grand Cherokee must return their diesel cars to the manufacturer for a software update. The software currently installed in the cars report much less nitrogen emissions than the cars actually emit. Minister Cora van Veldhoven of Environment called it unacceptable and issued this mandatory recall, NOS reports.
The Netherlands is again in the top ten of the least corrupt countries in the world, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019 by Transparency International. In eighth place with perceived level of public sector corruption score of 82, the Netherlands is ahead of its neighbors Germany in 9th place, the United Kingdom in 12th place, and Belgium in 7th place.
The financial position of the Netherlands' large pension funds improved somewhat in the last months of 2019, and all four large funds are now closer to reaching 100 percent coverage ration, according to the funds' annual figures, NOS reports.
After 125 years of service, PostNL will stop delivering the mail in Biesbosch by boat. The postal company is in conversation with the five customers who still received their mail by boat about alternatives, PostNL spokesperson Tanja Hoogkamer said to Omroep Brabant.
"The mail boat serves five addresses and only a few letters for three hours a day," Hoogkamer explained PostNL's decision. "That is too expensive and cumbersome, but I emphasize once again that we are investigating alternatives and that we are doing that with the residents."
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an affordable home in the Netherlands. A massive three quarters of the home supply in the Netherlands now costs more than 250 thousand euros, unaffordable for households with an income below 55 thousand euros per year, according Dynamis analyst Rogier Weck based on figures for the last quarter of 2019.
Gifted pupils who need extra attention are just as entitled to it as children who struggle to learn, according to the VVD. The party therefore wants schools who asked parents of gifted children for their own contribution for this extra attention, to pay that money back, AD reports.
The Netherlands is at risk of losing its high level of prosperity if the labor market does not change quickly and drastically, is the conclusion of a committee led by Hans Borstlap that investigated the state of the labor market on behalf of the Dutch government. Employers must offer permanent contracts much more often, the number of flex-workers and self-employed must be reduced, and more must be invested in knowledge and innovation, the committee concluded, NOS reports. Trade union FNV largely agrees with the conclusions.
This year, working people with children will see their purchasing power increase the most, by around 1.5 to 2.5 percent, the Netherlands' institute for budget information Nibud reported on Thursday based on the latest calculations. Some families my even see their purchasing power rise by up to 4.5 percent, NU.nl reports.
Prices are expected to rise by 1.6 percent in 2020, while wages will increase by 2.8 percent on average. People who work will also benefit from the higher labor discount, and parents will benefit from better child-related benefits.
The Dutch health authorities as yet see no reason to erect a quarantine zone at Schiphol airport due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus in China. Dutch airline KLM is also not taking any additional measures as yet, the airline said in a statement to passengers on Wednesday morning.
According to the European center for disease control ECDC, the chance of the Coronavirus coming to Europe is small. In addition, there are no direct flights between the Netherlands and Wuhan - the Chinese province with the most Corona infections.
Construction production in the Netherlands increased last year, but that growth will stall in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the nitrogen emission problem. The construction of new houses and infrastructure projects will be particularly affected, according to projections published by the economic institute for construction EIB on Wednesday, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.
The number of foreign tourists staying overnight in the Netherlands continues to grow. Last year, a total of 20.1 million tourists from abroad spent at least one night in our country, a growth of 7 percent compared to the year before, ANP and De Telegraaf report based on figures from the Netherlands' office of tourism and congresses NBTC.
The increase is in line with expectations, NBTC director Jos Vranken said to ANP. NBTC expects that the number of tourists will increase to 30 million in the next decade.
Only 15 percent of Netherlands residents are stuck in traffic at least once a week, with most saying that they are much more likely to face difficulties during evening rush hour than in the mornings. The majority, 51 percent, only sporadically end up in a traffic jam. People in the Netherlands are also less and less annoyed by being stuck in traffic jams, defined as stop-and-go traffic that barely rises above 25 kilometers per hour.
Nearly half of train travelers sometimes forget to check out and check in again when they switch to another public transit carrier, according to a survey by travelers' association Rover. Travelers also indicate that this process cause them stress and sometimes result in them missing their transfer.
Air France-KLM made an offer to buy a 49 percent share in the struggling Malaysia Airlines, sources told Reuters and NU.nl. The Malaysian government is looking for a strategic partner to keep the national airline up and running.
Other airlines also showed interest in buying shares. Japan Airlines wants a 25 percent stake in the company, and local competitors AirAsia Group and Malindo Air also made offers, according to the newspaper.
Rents in the open market continue to rise, but the increases are slowing down, according to research by rental website Pararius. Amsterdam is still the most expensive city to live in, though rents in the capital increased less than the national average. Bussum saw the biggest rent increase at over 14 percent compared to the previous quarter.
In the last quarter of 2019, rents increased by 4.8 percent to a average price of 16.77 euros per square meter per month, compared to a year earlier. This was the fourth consecutive quarter that the average rent increase was under 5 percent.
Fog is again causing problems at Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday morning. All morning departures and arrivals have been delayed or canceled due to poor visibility. No arrivals are expected until at least 10:00 a.m., and the first departure is expected to happen sometime after 9:15 a.m., according to flight info from the airport's site. Flights to Schiphol Airport are also facing delays.
While investigating the Turkish Airlines plane crash near Schiphol in 2009, the Dutch Safety Board was pressured by Americans to downplay the role design errors in the Boeing 737 NG played in the crash, the New York Times reports based on its own research. According to the newspaper, there are many parallels between the 2009 crash and the recent crashes with Boeing 737 MAX planes, the successor of the Boeing 737 NG.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with a group of 200 parents who were unjustly labeled fraudsters by the Tax Authority and had their childcare allowance halted as a result. During the emotional meeting, Rutte apologized for the Tax Authority's actions in this affair and listened to parents' stories. Some stories made him shed a tear, he said after the meeting, NU.nl reports.
Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead the Dutch delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week. The Queen will attend the entire Forum in her capacity as special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Financing for Development. The Prime Minister will join the meetings later in the week.
The governments of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht are hoping to stimulate electric driving with more charging points. A total of 20 thousand new charging points will be installed in the three provinces, which put out a call for bids on the project on Monday.
"Twenty thousand new charging points are a great next step and will really help to encourage electric driving," said Utrecht provincial politician Huib van Essen. He said his province alone needs at least another four thousand charging points in the coming years.
Professors, lecturers and support staff at universities in the Netherlands on average work 12 to 15 hours more per week than their contract prescribes, without being paid for it, according to a report trade unions FNV and AOb and university action group WO in Actie presented to the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment on Monday. The forced, unpaid overtime can compromise the top position of Dutch universities, WO in Actie said to newspaper AD.
Dredging company Van Oord, ING Bank and credit insurer Atradius were all involved in an urban development project in Angola in which 3 thousand families were forcibly driven out of their homes to make from for the project, Trouw and Financieele Dagblad report based on leaked documents.
The inequality between rich and poor is still increasing world wide, and tax evasion through the Netherlands plays a significant role in this widening gap, development organization Oxfam Novib said in report Time to Care, published just before the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, NOS reports.
Road users in large parts of the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads on Monday morning. Thick fog may also reduce visibility and hinder traffic, especially in Limburg and Noord-Brabant. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Travelers' association ANWB expects morning rush hour to be busier than usual.
The ice on the roads is expected to melt away through the course of the morning. The fog should also dissipate by mid-morning, according to the KNMI. Motorists are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.