Dutch telecommunications company Royal KPN NV reported a net loss of €241 million in the third quarter, compared with net income of €267 million in the same period a year ago.
TNS Nipo research shows that 1.4 million people are estimated to make a switch to a new health insurer during the change-over period at the end of the year.
According to an investigation by Volkskrant, the number of women in top management positions has risen. Volkskrant did the yearly investigation among 35 top companies in the Netherlands.
The investigation focuses on functions just below the board of directors and the executive boards. Those positions deliver the new boards members. The number of women in the top management functions rose from 20 percent last year to 21 percent this year.
Heijmans has entered agreements with Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance, Rabobank Utrecht, the municipality of Utrecht and the Mitros housing association to construct the third part of the Kanaleneiland Centre.
Under the agreements, Heijmans will develop and construct the Kanaleneiland Centre’s third part, which comprises 86 homes and 230 parking places and a district service centre, the company said in a statement.
The Netherlands has decided to stop its privatization program and canceled plans for a partial sale of two state-owned energy companies.
Two parent companies of Amsterdam's Slotervaart Hospital are subjected to an investigation into mismanagement. Also, the administration of the two companies is suspended.
Vestas recently announced that it will supply 43 offshore turbines for a wind project on off the coast of the Netherlands. The wind facility will generate green electricity for 150,000 households.
Transport company Arriva wants to ride the Fyra route. It is in the interest of the traveler and the taxpayer for Secretary Mansveld to seriously examine the plan, according to Arriva director Hettinga during a hearing in the House.
América Móvil has, on Wednesday evening, withdrawn their bid on KPN. KPN now has to move on alone. This has been announced by the company of the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim.
In August the Mexican telephone company had offered 2.40 euro per share. The price of the shares has risen in the past days, since there was a rumor that there was an agreement between América Móvil and KPN.
The Mexicans now withdrew from the negotiation table since they say that KPN only wants to talk further if the bid is raised.
Fyra manufacturer AnsaldoBreda is not allowed access to three technical reports that the NS and the Belgian NMBS have used for their decision to quit with the V250 trains.
As expected, the shareholders of KPN have voted on Wednesday in favor of the sales of the German part E-Plus. Telefónica Deutschland has paid KPN 8.5 billion euro for E-Plus.
Not even one year after her last trip to the largest South American country, minister Lilianne Ploumen, of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will again lead a trade mission to Brazil.
Last year the trade mission was a big success. Ship building company IHC Merwede was able to sign a contract for 1 billion euro.
This year the minister leads a group of 43 Dutch companies. The emphasis will be the transport sector the maritime sector and the sports sector. The last sector is joining probably with an eye to the World Cup which will be held next year in Brazil.
The Oad bus company, which is part of the past week bankrupted Oad Group, is going to make a restart. That was announced by a spokesman of the curators on Sunday. Also SRC Culture Holidays, part of the Oad Group, gets a second life.
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) will open a branch in the United States. The majority of the members has agreed. This past week there was unrest because part of the member companies is afraid that the U.S. secret service NSA now gets easy access to the Dutch data over the internet.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced on Thursday that the Netherlands and Bolivia will start a cooperation to make use of, and make money froml, the gigantic amounts of Lithium that can be found in Bolivia.
The TU Delft and three Dutch companies are going to help Bolivia to put up a new company that will produce lithium batteries.
The plan of Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX, the main internet hub in the Netherlands) to start a branch in the United States, is not supported by SURFnet, one of its main users.
Travel organization Oad has been declared bankrupt on Wednesday. The company says that the bad economical climate and the reduced turnover in the travel branch have caused the bankruptcy.
Oad had to file for bankruptcy since they couldn’t pay their bills and salaries anymore.
Family owned company
On Thursday four Dutch beer brands won a prize at the European Beer Star in Munich, the largest beer competition in Europe, reported the NOS. The Jopen beer brand from Haarlem even won two of the prizes.
Jopen brewery won gold in the category Dry Stout and silver in the category Belgian White Beer. Honey Beer from the SNAB beer brewery from Purmerend got silver, and the Limburg Gulpener Beer took bronze.
Over 1750 metal workers from the regions of Rotterdam and Eindhoven are striking on Friday. It includes employees of DAF, VDL Nedcar, Heerema, Damen and IHC Merwede. The action is the first in a series.
The unions FNV Metal and CNV Professionals want to express their dissatisfaction about the stalled collective bargaining in the metalworking and metalektro. The metal workers demands include wage increases and the possibility of a four-day week. In June 2500 people already campaigned for this
Tax on diesel, LPG, alcohol, and soft drinks will go up next year. Diesel will be three cents per liter more expensive, LPG seven cents.
The baseline for officials may be eased, but then there will be cuts in benefits.
The Netherlands and Iraq are going to cooperate more closely in the economic field, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, who met with with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussein al-Sharistani in Baghdad on Monday.
Timmermans says Baghdad will try to take away the bureaucratic barriers for doing business in Iraq. The PvdA Minister asked his discussion partners to ensure that investments will be protected. Both countries will also endeavor to prevent double taxation.
Municipalities are obliged to make substantial cuts in spending on roads, sports, culture, public parks and street lights for the coming years.
The bankrupt travel companies Baobab Travel and Travel Summum get a restart. Sawadee Travel announced on Thursday to take over both travel agencies.
Baobab and Summum were part of Terra Travel, which was bankrupt last. In late August the organization reported to the Travel Compensation Fund (SGR) that it could no longer meet its financial obligations.