Criticism from the National Ombudsman and Board for the Protection of Human Rights on the conditions in large asylum centers such as the Heumensoord camp in Nijmegen, has many calling for smaller-scale shelters. But according to Marlou Schrover, professor of migration history at Leiden University, small asylum centers come with their own set of problems and are not a realistic option.
The Amsterdam D66 wants the Noord/Zuid subway line to be extended to Schiphol Airport, despite the high costs this may entail. The party submitted a proposal, which is backed by the PvdA and VVD, to start an feasibility study into extending the line as soon as possible
Dutch oil and gas firm NAM has to significantly cut its costs to reach its financial targets, a company's spokesman confirmed after a report by FD. The costs incurred by the company have to decrease by at least 25 percent.
According to Zorgkiezer.nl, the rates at hospitals for the same treatment varies significantly. For example, the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam charges nearly double what the Slotervaart Hospital does.
Consumer organization Consumentenbond did research that shows pharmacists bill clients for a talk when giving out new medicine, but do not actually engage in this talk, or do so poorly, the ANP reports.
Parliament wants clarification from the Cabinet about how much the Dutch state has invested into the Greek vacation villa of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Local media claims that "illegal building" occurred on the grounds, bought by the Dutch state.
Jewish buildings in Amsterdam are going to receive extra security supervision, a decision made by the mayor on advice from the National counter-terrorism coordinator (NCTV).
Nine percent of the Dutch who economized in 2012 got rid of their car. Seventy percent of the population had to cut down on costs. The Dutch institute for budget guidance, Nationaal Instituut voor Budgetvoorlichting (Nibud), concluded this in their research.
The offender, not by the taxpayer, should pay costs made to maintain public order. Dutch political party VVD asked the Minister of Justice, Opstelten, to change the law.
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.