People in the Netherlands used 18 percent more mobile data in the first half of the year, than the first six months of 2018. It’s the single largest increase ever recorded, according to the Authority for Consumer & Markets in (ACM). Mobile data consumption rose to three gigabytes monthly per mobile connection in the second quarter of the year.
Energy company Eneco will be sold to a Japanese consortium of Mitsubishi and Chubu for 4.1 billion euros. That is significantly higher than the expected 3 billion to 4 billion euros, which is good news for the 44 municipalities who owned Eneco shares, De Telegraaf reports.
The majority of former Eneco owners are in Zuid-Holland and Friesland, though there were also a few municipalities from other provinces among them. Rotterdam is the big winner, getting 1.3 billion euros from the sale. Den Haag wins 678 million euros.
People in the Netherlands can expect to pay more to send letters or parcels by post next year. According to postal service PostNL, the price increases are necessary to keep the service profitable and running due to the decreasing mail volumes, the Telegraaf reports.
The price of a single postage stamp for a letter sent within the Netherlands will increase from the current 87 cents to 91 cents next year. Stamps for mail abroad will cost 1.50 euros, 5 cents more than now. The price for a December stamp is also increasing by 5 cents, to 0.82 euros.
Most tulip bulbs sold at the popular flower markets in Amsterdam and Lisse never bloom, according to a study commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam and the general association for flower bulb culture KAVB. "Research shows that there is structural deception of consumers when selling tulip bulbs at the Flower Market and the so-called 'Bloembollenboulevard' along the N208 in Lisse," the KAVB said in a statement.
Thirteen of the 30 major energy suppliers in the Netherlands have major debts, Consumentenbond concluded based on an analysis of their annual reports. The consumers' association therefore wants Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs to better protect consumers against the consequences of an energy supplier going bankrupt, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM is blocking PostNL's planned takeover of Sandd. The takeover would result in a monopoly on the Dutch postal market and that could lead to significant price increases, the regulator said on Thursday.
The Right Link BV, a company behind 17 dating sites, agreed to refund customers who were misled by fake profiles on its sites, the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM announced on Tuesday. According to ACM, the company set 9 million euros aside for these refunds.
Ticketmaster must refund its service charges to consumers if the event they bought tickets fo gets canceled, according to the Consumentenbond. The consumers' association wants to meet with Ticketmaster to arrange this, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond joined five other European organizations calling on regulators to take action against AliExpress. The groups accuse the Chinese online retail subsidiary of Alibaba of violating European rules with the site’s terms and conditions.
The Netherlands' authority for consumers and markets ACM launched an investigation into whether contractors made illegal price agreements in the ground, road and hydraulic engineering sector in the municipality of Amsterdam. The ACM received tips that different contractors made potentially forbidden agreements in government tenders, such as making agreements on the level of prices quoted to ensure who will receive the contract, NU.nl reports.
Suppliers force web stores to charge minimum prices for their products, refusing to deliver to stores who sell their products for lower prices. While this is not allowed, the practice is common, the Dutch authority for consumers and markets ACM said to NOS.
Dutch grid managers expect that they will not be able to afford their part of the energy transition from 2030. They receive too little money, because the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM wants to keep the rates low, Enexis, Alliander and Stedin said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.
This week the Netherlands authority on consumers and markets ACM raided a number of companies that run dating sites. They are suspected of getting money out of customers by misleading them with fake profiles. According to the ACM, it is often vulnerable people that fall victim to this practice, NU.nl reports.
According to the ACM, visitors to the sites receive messages from fake profiles, which are sent by employees of the companies. The visitors then have to pay to respond to messages from these fake profiles.
The port of Rotterdam is unprepared for the upcoming Brexit, and concerns are rising among port companies, Rotterdam entrepreneurs told the Financieele Dagblad.
The biggest problem is a lack of urgency, from the government and other involved authorities like Customs and food and consumer product safety authority ACM, Bas Janssen, director of Rotterdam business organization Deltalinqs, said to the newspaper. "But also from the entrepreneurs themselves. A lot is going to happen when the hard landing that is now expected happens."
The vast majority of Dutch consumers can save a lot of money on their basic health insurance policy, according to a study by the Netherlands authority on consumers and markets ACM and the Dutch healthcare authority NZa, NU.nl reports.
Last year three quarters of Dutch were on a basic health insurance policy for which there was a cheaper, comparable alternative. On average, Dutch pay about 100 euros per year too much for their basic health insurance.
Take extra care when buying something on social media marketplaces, the Dutch authority on consumers and markets warns in a campaign launched on Thursday. According to the ACM, people often order items via ads on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram without making sure that the seller is reliable, and therefore regularly lose money.
Rabobank must change one of its advertisements about sustainability and world hunger, the Dutch advertising code committee RCC ruled after receiving a complaint about the bank's promise to "solve the world food problem together". Rabobank will make the necessary adjustments, RTL Nieuws reports.
Schiphol and KLM promised consumer and market authority ACM that they will no longer discuss other airlines' growth opportunities at the airport. After four years of investigation, ACM concluded that Schiphol and KLM didn't break any competition rules, but the authority still ordered them to stop this practice, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) launched a wide effort to raise funds for their colleagues on the Caribbean islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma. Part of that effort is a crowdfunding campaign in the Netherlands, primarily focused on bringing aid and equipment to journalists on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten, which was hit hardest by the Category 5 hurricane on September 6th.
Power company TenneT failed to meet its legal obligations, which resulted in a massive power outage in Diemen in March 2015, the Dutch consumer and market authority ACM concluded in a dispute filed by steel producer Tata Steel, ANP reports.
The Dutch authority on consumer and markets ACM launched an investigation into whether companies operating in Dutch ports made illegal price agreements, or are guilty of so-called cartel formation. The companies investigated all work in the bunker sector, which supplies ships with fuel, NOS reports.
The Dutch consumer and market authority ACM reprimanded Dutch vlogger SnapKing and disconnected his 0909 after he called on his young fans to call the number and kept them on the line for unreasonably long periods. With each call costing 1 euro plus talk time, the 20-year-old vlogger made over 13 thousand euros off of his mostly underage viewers, AD reports.
Ryanair planned to grow with new routes at Eindhoven Airport this fall, but the Dutch government won't give the Irish budget airline additional takeoff and landing slots, according to the airline, ANP reports.
Ryanair is therefore forced to completely scrap three of its planned connections and move three other routes to Germany. And flights from Eindhoven to six other destinations are flown less frequently than originally intended.
The Dutch Authority on Consumers and Market (ACM) fined rail company NS 41 million euros for fraud in the procurement of a contract for regional public transit in Limburg, the authority announced on Thursday. According to ACM, NS misused its "economic dominant position" to distort competition by intentionally entering a loss-making bid, NU.nl reports.