Tjeerd Herrema resigned as PvdA alderman in Almere on Thursday after being accused of sexual harassment. An external investigation is ongoing into these accusations, but Herrema decided not to await the outcome of this investigation, NOS reports.
Sharon Dijksma is one of the new proposed aldermen for the PvdA in Amsterdam, the party announced. Should the coalition negotiations end successfully, she will handle the portfolio for traffic and transport, water and air quality, ANP reports.
Dijksma is currently a parliamentarian for the PvdA. In the previous government, she was first State Secretary of Economic Affairs and then State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment.
PvdA alderman Jeroen Brandes of Amstelveen resigned on Friday after it was revealed that he sent sexual messages to a 16-year-old girl, Amstelveen mayor Bas Eenhoorn said in a letter sent to the town council on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
Brandes, 48, resigned due to "compelling personal reasons" on Friday - just two days after being re-elected to the Amstelveen town council. Now the letter from mayor Eenhoorn reveals that it was because of messages Brandes sent to a now adult young woman who was 16 at the time.
On Monday Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs will present a new plan to fight corruption in local politics. The plan includes a mandatory 'integrity test' for all prospective aldermen. They will also have to hand in a Declaration of Good Behavior before they can take office, AD reports.
Around one in five aldermen were forced to step down during the past term. This often happened due to political reasons, but a considerable group had to leave due to some kind of scandal. Nearly 16 percent of the local politicians who stepped down this past term, did so due to misconduct and integrity problems, Trouw reports based on figures from the CollegeTafel.
A 64-year-old man arrested on Tuesday for involvement leaking information about the confidential process of appointing a new mayor in Den Bosch, is former alderman Jos van Son, Willem-Peter Kriek of Rosmalen Belang, Van Son's party, confirmed to Brabants Dagblad.
The Rotterdam court acquitted former CDA alderman in Gorinchem Eeuwit K. of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. The Public Prosecutor, who demanded 1.5 years in prison against the 31-year-old man, is appealing, the Telegraaf reports.
Ger Lindeman resigned as PvdA alderman in Hoogezand because he was being blackmailed with sexually explicit texts with a 14-year-old girl. He calls it a "stupid mistake"
Utrecht is the first city in the Netherlands to start integrating asylum seekers into society from their first day in the city. The city wants to put an end to the current practice of asylum applicants being moved about and integration starting late. "When you arrive in Utrecht, you stay in Utrecht", GroenLinks alderman Kees Diepeveen said to the Volkskrant. "This creates peace. For school-age children, being dragged around is very dramatic."
Amsterdam is launching an "Easter Offensive" on illegal renting of homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb over this weekend. From Good Friday to Easter Monday Amsterdam residents can report suspicions of unlawful rentals on a reporting hotline, the city announced in a press release on Monday.
The waiting lists and waiting times for social housing in Amsterdam will only get longer, according to professor Peter Boelhouwer and emeritus professor Hugo Priemus, both at TU Delft.
Geurt Visser, an alderman in Den Helder, has been dismissed for sending sexually explicit messages to female colleagues. He was voted out by 18 of the 29 council members during a specially arranged council meeting on Monday night, NOS reports.
Youth Alderman Simone Kukenheim is very concerned about the revelations made by the VARA program Rambam about the Amsterdam Church of Scientology. "If the media reports are correct, I find it very disturbing", the alderman said to AT5.
Alkmaar Alderman Peter de Baat resigned on Wednesday night due to a 14.3 million euros deficit in the budget.
The Rotterdam municipality has no right to its own treasures at the World Museum. Rotterdam did not properly control the municipal collection.
The association Vrienden van het Vondelpark - Friends of the Vondelpark - wants a barbecue ban in the park as they believe it would significantly reduce the level of pollution. The association announced on their Facebook page.
The concept for the new Schiedam logo has caused quite a fuss among local politicians. The recently presented concept is supposed to be a windmill blade, but looks a bit like a swastika.
The municipality of Amsterdam and GVB are working towards a cleaner city with public transport that is completely emission-free, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. GVB's fleet will be replaced with electric buses and vans and solar panels on the GVB buildings and subway stations will generate renewable energy.
The NAC stadium in Breda may be unsafe due to cracks in the grandstand's concrete, De Telegraaf reports based on a report by engineering firm ABT.
The Public Prosecutor suspects two more VVD officials of corruption, NRC reports. These officials are Piet Ploeg, former alderman in Stichtse Vecht, and Rob Bats, former mayor of Haren. They are suspected of trying to influence the appointment of mayor in the Stichtse Vecht in favor of Bats.
The number of wild bee species increased by twenty percent in Amsterdam between 2000 and 2014, city alderman Abdeluheb Choho said in a release on Thursday. The different species rose from 51 to 61, which is a good indicator of the ecological wealth of the city, Amsterdam claimed.
Faction chairman Jan Smit of the D66 in Den Bosch resigned after "immense pressure" from the rural D66 management to get into the new college.
The Municipality of Amsterdam has shut 30 illegal hotels in the city over the last three weeks, and has imposed fines amounting to more than €216,000 to other establishments, as part of a wide and ongoing operation to tackle illegal hotels in Amsterdam. Het Parool reports.
Rotterdam's Mayor Aboutaleb is asking Dutch people planning to travel abroad to fight for IS to remember that if they choose IS and jihad, then they leave behind The Netherlands. Aboutaleb says if they choose their side consciously, then they should hand in their passports with him. "If you reject the Dutch constitution by wanting to fight with IS, then you also reject the Dutch passport", he tells the NOS.