The D66 will vote against the purchase of 8 new Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to replace the F-16's in the debate about it this afternoon, NOS reports. According to D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi, there are too many uncertainties surrounding the purchase.
The SP and PVV is firmly opposed to the VVD, PvdA and D66's demand that all parliamentary parties disclose their financial activities over the past years. This is according to the Volkskrant, based on four separate anonymous sources.
The D66 wants to legalize cannabis farming. Member of Parliament Magda Brendsen is presenting a legislative proposal today which will allow pot farmers to get an exemption to grow cannabis under strict conditions.
The Eerste Kamer (Senate) wants the Netherlands to make a financial contribution to repair the damage done to the Barcaccia fountain in Rome by rioting Feyenoord supporters, NOS reports. The Cabinet has pledged support to private initiatives launched for this matter, but Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) did not explicitly discuss compensation.
According to Thom de Graaf, the D66 leader of the Eerste Kamer (Senate), his party will only continue to support the coalition if they see more ambition from the Cabinet, BNR reports.
The Netherlands-based chip maker Gemalto has been hacked by the United States secret service NSA and the British GCHQ, De Telegraaf reports. This is according to a report by The Intercept based on documents received by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden.
The D66 wants clarification from State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice on why a refugee family with two small children have been put in detention, De Telegraaf reports.
An imam gala will likely go ahead as planned, and will be held at the Event Plaza in Rijswijk on March 8. Several MPs have expressed concern and anger at reports that the incoming imams were granted visas. Tickets are still being sold for the event.
VVD Parliamentarian Klaas Dijkhoff denounced the phantom images raised by opponents that large scale data trawls will soon be conducted in the Netherlands, just like the NSA does in the United states, NU. reports. "The fear exists and people like to call up that feeling, but there is not country in the world where information is dealt with more carefully." he said.
Fréderike Geerdink, the Dutch journalist living in Turkey who was taken in for questioning in January, may be facing a prison sentence of between 1 and 5 years. The Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakir is prosecuting her for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".
Parents should maintain the right to advise childcare facilities on pricing, political parties PvdA, CDA and D66 said during a debate session with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher. The debate is about Asscher's new bill that aims to strengthen parents' position in child care.
The news that Bart van U. (38), who was arrested in connection with the murder of his sister Lois, is also connected with the murder of former Health Minister Els Borst, has caused quite a stir. The hashtag #ElsBorst is trending on Twitter in the Netherlands.
A suspect has emerged in the murder of former Health Minister Els Borst, police have announced. The breakthrough in the year-old mystery appears closely linked to a “disturbed” man held for killing his sister earlier this month, but police remain mum for now.
Opposition parties D66 and ChristenUnie wants mental health care to be free for all children. According to these parties, the government may not ask for a contribution as long as there is an investigation ongoing.
The basic grant for students will soon be a thing of the past. The First Chamber approved the introduction of a loan system last night.
The bike paths in the Netherlands are getting fuller. The D66 therefore wants the bike paths to be widened.
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.
A call from the Association of Road Traffic Victims to install a black box in every car, is getting a huge amount of support on the internet. More than 25 thousand people have signed a petition for this. The association wants the black box installed so that perpetrators of serious accidents can not "get away with community service".
About 60 municipalities have hired a lawyer after a tariff increase by automation company PinkRoccade. The company provides software to approximately 200 municipalities. The package will be expanded considerably next year, allowing citizens to make use of several services, such as applying for a new passport - without having to go to the municipal service desk.
A thousand new charging points for electric cars will be built in The Hague to stimulate electric driving. In recent years the number of people opting for such environmentally friendly cars in has increased seven-fold. There are currently about 1,500 electric cars in The Hague.
After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.
The Coalition parties are still hard at work trying to limit the fallout caused by Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) collapsing health legislative proposal.