The closing session of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO in the Hague today, will start with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
The Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA), revealed today during his address to the Senate that the investigation into the disappearance of MH17, conducted by JIT (Joined Investigation Team), has cost the government a total of thirty six million Euros to date.
The PvdA wants State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice to consult with municipalities on the shelter for asylum seekers and other undocumented immigrants. The coalition party feels that a temporary form of shelter is desirable, but did not give a possible solution.
The VVD and D66 want less cut backs on support for security in developing countries. That emerged yesterday during a debate on the budget of Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, the relationship with Russia should be reconsidered. He said this in the Second Chamber yesterday.
The initial results of the municipal elections are in. The elections took place on Wednesday in 16 municipalities. Six new municipalities were formed. As expected it appears that local parties scored well.
Nursing homes that do not offer proper care for the elderly, will have to deal with sharper inspection supervision. Directors of institutions that repeatedly provide poor care, will be addressed earlier. If there are no improvements, another health care institution will take over.
On Wednesday 415,124 voters in 16 municipalities cast their vote in the municipal elections.
On Tuesday afternoon the two expelled PvdA Parliament Members, Tunahan Kuzu and Selcuk Ozturk, carried out theri first independent political action in the Second Chamber. This left everyone wondering whether it is the start of a serious new political movement.
Government internet connectivity issues have forced the temporary stoppage of the Dutch integration exam, affecting hundreds of people who already made plans to take the test. At least 716 people are known to have registered for the exam which must often be taken in the person’s country of origin, meaning the registrants have lost out on money spent for travel arrangements.
The public transport companies and Minister Lodewijk Asscher has set aside 20 million euro to recruit enough drivers, conductors, mechanics and engineers in the coming years.
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a campaign to make people aware of bacteria in the kitchen.
GroenLinks wants to set up an emergency fund for people in danger of losing necessary care due to the impending changes in long-term care.
The PVV wants the police to make palm-prints of suspects more often so that they can use it to solve more thefts and burglaries.
Dozens of people in Amsterdam protested the inclusion of Zwarte Piet in the city’s annual Sinterklaas parade. Protestors were corralled in Beursplein in front of the city’s centrally-located stock exchange during Sunday’s event.
Nearly 90 people were arrested in Gouda yesterday for arguing over the presence of blackfaced Zwarte Piet characters at the city’s annual arrival of Sinterklaas celebration. Those taken into custody were a mix of protestors and Zwarte Piet supporters, police told broadcaster Omroep West.
The latent discontent among a section of the migrant PvdA Parliament Members came to an unexpected outburst. Turkish Parliament Members Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk were asked to leave the Second Chamber fraction after they refused to apologize for critical remarks on the integration policy of PvdA minister Asscher.
The PvdA is drastically changing course. The party wants to break with the managerial attitudes and transform itself into a community and workplace party.
According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Dutch system of provision has "a kind of ingrained fear of inequality". He said this on Wednesday in the Kerdijklezing in the Hague.
The tolerant drug policy in the Netherlands has made much of Amsterdam's city center "sleazy," according to London Mayor Boris Johnson. He stated that the progressive approach in countries like the Netherlands and Portugal are "outdated" during a People's Question Time meeting Tuesday in Waltham Forest, London.
The 642 million euro additional tax that the Netherlands must pay the European Union is based on the correct calculations.
The corrupt island of Sint Maarten may get even more severe intervention from the Netherlands. The smallest country in the Dutch kingdom refuses to cooperate on measures to address the corrupt governance culture, thus the cooperation may have to be enforced.
The Senate has accepted a legislative proposal of Minister Opstelten (Security and Justice) which makes all actions of persons and businesses who prepare and promote illegal cannabis growing punishable.