Everyone should always keep some cash in his or her pocket. The Dutch national institute for budget guidance, Nationaal Instituut voor Budgetvoorlichting (Nibud), said this after a week of problems with Dutch banks.
Schiphol is again the best airport in the EU, for two years in a row now. The Dutch airport moved to the third place on the list of best airports in the world, one place higher than last year.
Holding a nationwide referendum costs 30 million euro each time. Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior Affairs announced this to the members of the House on Wednesday while they were discussing the new plans of Plasterk for the introduction of a corrective referendum.
The introduction of a corrective referendum, a request of PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks, would enable citizens to have a direct vote on new bills.
In the House the three parties can count on PVV and the SP and so will have a majority for their corrective referendum.
The measures that ING has taken against new cyber attacks seem to bear fruit, according to a spokesperson of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in response to new problems, which the bank was able to remedy within 20 minutes. “Last week the internet banking system was down for hours and now it was over in a couple of minutes.”
ING has no idea why the last week it has been the victim of a DDoS attack several times. A spokesperson of ING said on Radio 1 this morning, “The company is not threatened or extorted.”
A new parallel currency alongside the euro should be established for creditworthy countries like the Netherlands and Germany. The 80-year-old VVD celebrity Frits Bolkestein declared this in the TV program Pauw & Witteman on Wednesday night.
“France may not participate in the parallel currency,” according to the former leader of the VVD, “because the country is virtually bankrupt and not managed well.” The plans for the currency (e.g., the mark) for the creditworthy countries will have to come from the German Bundesbank.
Albert Heijn is going to replace the “Euro Shop” products with those from the “AH Basic” label. The first five products will be replaced in the next five weeks and it is expected that a total of 500 Euro Shop products will be all replaced within this year.
The change of the packaging is due to an inconsistency between price and quality.
Amsterdam’s city council greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s arrival this week with rainbow flags on every building in the city. The flags was also purposely placed around the city center to raise awareness around the world.
1150 drivers received a fine for speeding on the A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht on the 31st of March. The control system failed to switch to the new daylight saving time.
In the first three months of this year the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), reported the highest number of bankruptcies in a quarter since measurements started 30 years ago.
Albert Heijn (AH) will remove its budget line Euro Shopper from the supermarkets in the course of this year. Instead the chain will introduce AH Basic, as a more price-quality consistent brand.
The influenza epidemic that rages in the Netherlands for 16 weeks is the longest epidemic the country had in 20 years. Research institute Nivel announced that today.
The 3-year-old child who fell from the 6th floor of a flat in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Tuesday evening has died of his injuries.
The Dutch Food- and Goods Authority, Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) wants that 130 Dutch customers of meat processor Willy Selten from Oss find and recall a total of 50 thousand tons of meat.
Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.
Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.
This years’ increase in property tax, onroerendezaakbelasting (ozb), is higher than allowed. According to research institute COELO the ozb income of the Netherlands will increase with 3,86 percent this year, where a maximum increase of 2,76 percent was agreed.