Coalition party ChristenUnie supports banning banger- and rocket fireworks in the Netherlands. The Christian party is the first government party to give an opinion on the Dutch Safety Board's advice to do so, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of babies born with a low birth rate decreased since the smoking ban was introduced in Dutch cafes in 2008. There is also a decrease in the number of babies born extremely preterm, according to a study led by Jasper Been of Erasmus MC
The lower house of Dutch parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal to ban smoking on all school grounds by 2020
It seems unlikely that the smoking ban will be extended to also include terraces in the near future. Many political parties are either opposed to the idea, or find it premature to implement at this stage.
State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health has admitted that the introduction of the new system for personal budgets has "not gone well" in a letter sent to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Tuesday.
The cost of building bike storage facilities at train stations is becoming too high for municipalities, according to the ChristenUnie MP Carla Dik-Faber. Dik-Faber has called for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to contribute funds for construction and operation.
With a new bill the government wants to enforce a total smoking ban. Until now, there was an exception for sole proprietors, since they have no staff who can be affected by the smoke. The government now wants to include the single proprietors in the ban but the question remains whether they will succeed.