The Netherlands' tunnels, bridges, locks and flood defenses are not sufficiently protected against cyber attacks, the Court of Audit concluded in a report published on Thursday. The Court advises the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to make cyber security on these essential parts of Dutch infrastructure a priority.
Amsterdam is doing too little to address nuisance in its neighborhoods, the audit office for the Amsterdam Metropolis concluded after research. According to the office, the municipality wants to do a lot, but the use of its resources does not match those ambitions, AT5 reports.
Almost nothing of the 550 million euros in aid money the Netherlands set aside for Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma has been spent. As a result, the residents of the island still have little concrete results a year after the disaster, the Court of Audit said in a report published on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, it will cost the Netherlands around 2.3 billion euros up to 2023, the Court of Audit said in a new report published on Monday. This involves extra money for Customs and the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA, as well as higher contributions to the EU, ANP reports.
Homeless shelters in the four large Dutch cities are overcrowded and the number of homeless people is increasing, according to the courts of audit for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. A big reason for this is the shortage of housing, which means that no home can be found where a homeless person can start building a new life, according to the auditors, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of crimes committed in the Netherlands is much higher than reported by the authorities, because many people feel that reporting a crime is not worth it, according to unions FNV and CNV, among others. They call for a new and independent investigation into crime figures in the Netherlands, ANP reports.
Since a law was passed in 2013 making integration the responsibility of immigrants themselves, only a third of immigrants passed the naturalization exam in time, according to a report by the Netherlands General Court of Audit. The exam is also taken at a lower level than before the law, NU.nl reports.
The government faced fierce criticism from the Court of Audit on Wednesday. There are "serious deficiencies" at the Tax Office, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security and Justice, Court president Arno Visser said at the presentation of the accountability documents for 2015 in parliament,
The Dutch government is failing in their efforts to reduce illiteracy in the Netherlands, according to a report by the Court of Audit. A massive 2.5 million people in the Netherlands can be considered illiterate.
It is uncertain whether the government can achieve 500 million in savings through long-term care cutbacks for the elderly and chronically ill, the Dutch Court of Audit announced Wednesday. Further investigation is needed to determine whether reducing regional disparities in care provisions can result in lower costs.
The Dutch taxpayers will probably not recover any of the money used for Greece's financial rescue, said Kees Vendrik, chairman of the Court of Audit in the Netherlands. Dutch people should be realistic about repayment given the current situation, Vendrik told on a television program Radar Extra.
The current coalition government received harsh criticism in the annual Court of Audit report for its inability to solve problems in implementing policies without causing havoc at affected ministries. At its core, the report states that the government wants to achieve much, but puts too little thought into planning and executing policy especially in cases of budget cuts.
The Cabinet was careless and irresponsible with the massive budget cuts to the General Intelligence and Security Service, or AIVD, in 2012. These cuts left deep marks on the organization and still poses risks to the operation of the secret service.
Cuts to items covered under the mandatory basic health insurance package is saving the country less money than expected, reports the Netherlands Court of Audit. Between 2007 and 2013, roughly 250 million euro was saved through the cuts, about half the amount the cabinet predicted under former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.