Politics

Jun 18 '13 05:21

Former Labour leader Ad Melkert is open to a more active role in politics. A return to the Binnenhof, which he left in 2002 after the election defeat of the Labour Party and the rise of Pim Fortuyn, Melkert sees as a possibility, he said on Monday during an interview with The Press of Wegener.

He does not see the Hague politics as a 'no-go area'. "Politics, national or international, has always fascinated me in the way how the public interest can be served. Politics needs people who are not afraid to take responsibility.”

Jun 18 '13 05:18

The plans to put more wind turbines on land can be best postponed by five years. This is the outcome of a study of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) on Monday. The CPB looked, at the request of the government, to the financial effects of the plans.

Jun 18 '13 05:14

Merging the provinces of North Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland can yield annual savings of up to 70 million euros. This is stated in the draft proposal for the reclassification, that Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior Affairs has published on Monday.

According to the minister the merger offers opportunities to work effectively and efficiently. Originally, the plan was to finalize the merger in 2015, but in April Plasterk decided to give the three provinces one year extra time. In the new province will live about 4.3 million people.

Jun 17 '13 08:13

On Sunday Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans leaves for a four-day trip through the Middle East. His first destination wil be Tunesia in North Africa. Timmermans will also visit Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Turkey. The goal of the trip is to strengten the relationships.

Jun 17 '13 06:36

The Mpondasi Health Centre in Mangochi has received K2.2 million worth of medical equipments donated by friends of Netherlands, according to Malawi News Agency and AllAfrica.

Jun 14 '13 07:08

Save the Children, an NGO in Uganda, has received a SH9 billion aid from the Dutch government, according to African news site allafrica.

Jun 13 '13 05:16

In April, Human Services department (HHS) employee Jay Merchant received a special recognition from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Jun 11 '13 08:19

Ex-Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch TV that 22 US nuclear bombs are being stored underground in strongrooms at the Volkel airbase in Brabant.

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Jun 7 '13 08:23

By largely dropping the plan to use electronic anklets as a substitute for imprisonment, State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) took the sting out of the debate on the cuts of 340 million for the prison system. He also was able to provide the money ‘out of the bag’,  to pay for the adjustments of the plan.

Jun 7 '13 08:09

Teenagers and women who want to live in another country must personally deregister from their municipality. If officials doubt the voluntariness of the departure there will be a personal interview mention may be made to the Center for Domestic Violence.

It is one of the measures taken by the government in the fight against forced marriage and abandonment of women in countries such as Morocco and Turkey. Minister Asscher of Social Affairs sent the action plan on Thursday to the House.

Jun 6 '13 15:50

Dutch Politician Lilianne Ploumen of the Minister for Foreign Trade regrets the European Commission’s decision to demand the anti-dumping levy on solar panels from China, according to financial news site 4-traders.com.

Jun 6 '13 13:09

Starting in 2015 the libraries in the Netherlands will change drastically. From that time on, every Dutch citizen must have the possibility to borrow ebooks via the Internet. Although the Council for Culture supports the law proposal about this change, they also warn for the consequences for small and local libraries.

In the new organization all libraries are included under the National Library (KB). The KB will also play a key role in the national digital library. The Council for Culture will inform the Minister of Education, Culture and Science today by letter.

Jun 5 '13 07:07

A majority in the House thinks that people who participate in terrorist organizations must lose their Dutch citizenship. They want the government to arrange this asap.

The proposal comes from the VVD, the 'peoples party for freedom and democracy'. The coalition partner wants to have this arranged because some Dutch citizens, mostly with a double nationality, join jihadist fights and violence against freedom and democracy.

Jun 5 '13 06:54

During the question hour on Tuesday, State Secretary Wilma Mansveld promised to come up with an alternative for duped travelers who are affected by the fact that the Fyra will not run anymore.

D66 MP Stientje van Veldhoven was wondering why the State Secretary was caught by surprise by the decision of the Belgian Railways to abandon the Fyra.

Jun 5 '13 06:49

As the only share holder of NS, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants to be more strict towards the railway company. He announced this during his weekly interview at RTLZ.

Dijsselbloem spoke about the meeting he had on Monday afternoon with NS chairman Bert Meerstadt. Dijsselbloem says that he doesn’t want to be informed anymore by the NS when they have made a decision already, but that he wants to be informed before a decision is made. “The NS has to consult the share holder in a much earlier stage and I am going to be sure, by myself, that this will not be forgotten.”

Jun 5 '13 06:42

Like all politicians who have/had to do with the incidents around the arrested activists on inauguration day, Minister Ivo Opstelten said, during the question hour in the House on Tuesday, that he regrets these arrests happened. 

GroenLinks MP Liesbeth van Tongeren asked the Minister of Security and Justice about the arrests of the activists Maessen and van der Hoek.

“This should have never happened and demonstrations against the monarchy should be possible in the Netherlands,” answered the Minister.

Jun 4 '13 04:09

Since the elections of last year, the coalition partners VVD and PvdA have reached the minimum number of seats in parliament according to the poll of Maurice De Hond. When elections would be held at this moment, the two coalition partners would only have 40 seats together.

This weeks poll shows that VVD would loose one seat and would have a total of 22 seats, which are 19 seats less than they occupy now in the House.

May 30 '13 08:36

Because the previous government made mistakes, by making too quickly decisions to reduce the export of benefits to countries like Morocco, now leads to a significant setback to the budget of the current government. This means that Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has to transfer 300 million euro, plus interest, to abroad.

This is the conclusion of Lodewijk Asscher himself, after losing a couple of lawsuits. He is going to pay now because he thinks that if he will appeal, the damage will be more.

May 28 '13 07:54

Call credits  should at least be good for half a year. A majority in the House wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, to arrange this by law as soon as possible, reports the AD on Tuesday.

D66, PvdA, PVV, CDA and SP follow with this call an action of the consumer organization Consumentenbond. The Consumentenbond thinks that call credits may not expire after only one month. They say that companies like T-Mobile, Vodafone and KPN earn about 68 million euro a month on expired call credits.

May 24 '13 07:09

VVD MP René Leegte accused Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen of spending too much time focused on Bangladesh in the aftermath of a recent building collapse at a clothing and textile factory complex.

The disaster caused the death of more than 1100 people.

May 23 '13 09:04

The conditions  which the government wants to use to legalize online gambling from 2015 on, are too strict. This will cause that illegal sites will remain in the market, and this makes that gambling addiction can not be addressed properly. This says Robin Linschoten, president of the Foundation Online Gaming in Netherlands (STIOG) in response on plans of the government which were made public on Wednesday.

May 23 '13 08:58

More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam. 

Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.

May 23 '13 08:50

Until 2018 about 15 thousand of the 150 thousand jobs in the Civil Service will be lost. In total, the government wants to reduce the expenditure of the central government, with almost a quarter, to 13 billion euros. This is part of the ‘National Reform Agenda’ that the responsible Minister, Stef Blok (VVD) sent on Wednesday to the House.

May 22 '13 08:50

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs says that if the attempts to form super provinces will fail, provincial governments and the big cities will have a huge fight within the coming thirty years. 

“Big cities become not only bigger but also more powerful. Therefore the provincial governments must be reinforced. It has to be avoided that big cities like Amsterdam and Almere are the decision makers in their province,” Plasterk warned the House during a debate on Tuesday.

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