Politics

Jul 8 '13 08:04

The Hauge will host the World Justice Forum from July 8 to July 11.

Jul 8 '13 04:10

The common interest for the Netherlands and Flanders to promote itself as an economic cluster is greater than the competition between, for example, the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. That was the main message of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Flemish counterpart Kris Peeters at the start of their three-day trade mission in Houston, Texas.

Peeters mentioned during his speech about a ‘historic moment’. “It's the first time in the long history between Flanders and the Netherlands that there is a joint mission. That there are over ninety companies participating, is impressive.”

Jul 5 '13 07:24

Aruba is initiating pre-clearance deal with the Netherlands for customs and immigration authorities at Aruba’s airport to permit and approve travelers to the Dutch country.

Jul 5 '13 04:44

Old coal operated power plants are closed, and probably there will no new coal operated power plants being built. For groups of citizens who wish to jointly generate electricity by solar panels there there will be tax advantages. This are some of the elements of a draft version of the National Energy Agreement. This was reported by the NIS.

Trade unions, employers, environmental organizations and other interest groups, are talking, led by the SER, for months now about such an agreement.

Jul 5 '13 04:38

The House of Representatives started the summer break with a big list of debates that have not taken place. It is about 47 debates, of which five are waiting for more than a year.

House chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg reported this on Thursday, during her last speech before the start of the recess. The list consists of twenty so called thirty members debates and  27 debates that were requested by a majority of the House

Jul 4 '13 03:39

The government has this year allocated 20 million euro extra for poverty reduction. The bulk of this amount, 19 million euro, goes to the municipalities. They have the director's role in the fight against poverty and debts.

Jetta Klijnsma, State Secretary for Social Affairs, wrote that on Wednesday to the House. She appeals to the municipalities to give priority to use the money for children from poor families. Further, some of the extra money goes to Caribbean Netherlands.

Recent advise

Jul 4 '13 03:22

The government wants European unemployed youth with specific qualities to work in the Netherlands for working in the energy sector in North Groningen or as a technician in Southeast Brabant. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said this on Wednesday after a European summit on youth unemployment in Berlin.

Jul 3 '13 09:59

Ankie Broekers-Knol (VVD) is the successor to Fred de Graaf as chairman of the Senate. There was a third round of voting necessary, but it Broekers stayed ahead of Hans Franken (CDA). The other candidates for the position were Guusje ter Horst (PvdA) and Marijke Linthorst (PvdA).

Jul 3 '13 07:24

National Security Agency (NSA) Leaker Edward Snowden may have to find other options for his asylum after withdrawing his application for an asylum in Russia and Ecuador’s refusal to grant him his request unless appealed within the Ecuadorian territory.

Jul 2 '13 03:19

The discussions between a delegation of the government and opposition parties D66 and GroenLinks has failed. "The negotiations have stopped," said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold on Monday about their conversations to see how they could help to realize several coalition agreements.

These included the topics 'arrangements for parents with children' and 'higher education'. Pechtold: "There's too much difference between the wishes of D66 to invest in education and the opportunities that the government wants to create. This could have been an agreement."

Jul 2 '13 02:54

It is easier for defaulters to return to their health care insurance. Now a defaulter can only go back to the insurer if the debt is paid off or if a recognized authority is involved in the repayment of the debt. Under the new rules the return is a possible if the defaulter itself make arrangements with the insurer.

This is contained in a bill of Minister Edith Schippers (Health) that was sent on Monday to the House. Schippers wants the law to ensure that defaulters quickly return to their insurer and also pay the premium there.

Compensation

Jun 28 '13 07:41

Through a funding from the Netherlands, the IMF will grant poor and middle-earning countries technical support to assist them in collecting tax, setting up a practical economic policy and fighting financial crimes.

Jun 27 '13 02:52

The government is looking, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, ‘constantly for the opportunity to get extra oxygen into the economy’. Rutte said this Wednesday during the parliamentary debate on the 6 billion euro in cuts, that the government is still searching for.

Jun 26 '13 07:17

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide on Australia’s long awaited case against Japan on whaling will begin tomorrow in the Netherlands.

Jun 26 '13 05:49

State Secretary Sander Dekker (Media) thinks it is a good idea to make an agreement with the Dutch Public Broadcasting (NPO) for reserving money for ideological programs. He was referring to a maximum amount of 9 million euro.

This said the  State Secretary on Tuesday night, during a debate on the amendment to the Media Act in the House. This amendment will include the reduction of the number of broadcasters from 21 to 8.

Jun 26 '13 05:40

The setbacks of Defense will rise to 333 million in 2018. This is written in the vision on the future of the armed forces, on which Jeanine Hennis, Minister of Defence, works at this moment. Hennis announced the cuts in a letter to the House, in which she describes the outline of her vision on the future of the armed forces.

There are additional costs because she gets no price adjustments anymore and no VAT compensation. That means new cuts.

Jun 26 '13 05:31

While negotiating the new cuts for 2014, the Labour Party would like to pump billions of euros of potted money into the economy. This is evident from an interview with Labour leader Diederik Samsom in the Volkskrant. Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance joins the vision of his party leader. According Dijsselbloem it is now necessary to boost the economy and it is interesting to try to 'mobilize' the potted capital. He said Tuesday at RTL Z.

Jun 25 '13 08:13

About 10,000 appeals have been filed, with the IRS, against the crisis levy of 2012 . That said Ton Tuinier of accountants and tax advise company Mazars, on Monday at Nieuwsuur. The Ministry of Finance says that the number is correct.

The crisis levy is one of the measures of the Five Party Agreement of April 2012 and was supposed to yield 500 million euro. To approximately 18,000 companies and organizations, the crisis levy was imposed.

Jun 25 '13 08:09

The government is willing to talk with unions and employers about the controversial plan to reduce the pension accrual. State Secretary Frans Weekers of Finance said that Monday in the House. He and his colleague Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs want to have an interview on Tuesday.

Jun 24 '13 08:50

Today, June 24, the European Union will discuss Turkey’s concerns after the setbacks. The 27 nations wanted to modify Germany’s position, which is firm in stopping negotiations in response to Ankara’s attack on protestors.

Jun 24 '13 04:15

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior Affairs has on Sunday responded laconically to the threat, of Abvakabo chairman Corrie van Brenk, that the social agreement will be off the table if the Cabinet cuts 6 billion euro in 2014. "Well, the unions mark their position. That's just part of the game,” he said in the TV program WNL on Sunday.

In March, the government closed the social agreement with employers and employees. An austerity package of 4.3 billion was then put in the refrigerator. The hope was that the economy would attract and that the cuts would not be necessary.

Jun 21 '13 08:15

The Netherlands will have to face the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) as ordered by the European Commission.

Jun 21 '13 07:42

On June 20, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with guest of honor Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the 17th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), according to Rbth.

Jun 21 '13 06:43

As far as the Party for the Animals is concerned, there will be a ban on substances in pesticides, which 'very likely' cause of the so-called resistant aspergillus fungus. This fungus causes severe pulmonary infections in humans.

PvdD MP Esther Ouwehand called on Thursday for an immediate ban on five substances in pesticides used in the cultivation of example cabbage and carrot.

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