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Apr 21 '16 15:40

The Mayors of 26 European capital cities are gathering in Amsterdam on Thursday for the fifth edition of the Mayors Meeting. The meeting will be led by Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. The four main topics on the agenda are mobility and air quality, affordable housing, radicalization and the refugee crisis.

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Apr 13 '16 15:10

A growing number of European Parliamentarians want to focus the Europol headquarters in The Hague by turning it into a European FBI. According to them, despite mountains of anti-terrorism measures taken since 9/11, things still go wrong in Europe because the security forces continue to refuse to share information

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Apr 12 '16 14:20

The Dutch government will come with an reaction to the Netherlands "no"-vote in the Ukraine referendum last week, and plans on how to proceed, by September at the latest, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote in a letter to Parliament on Tuesday.

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Apr 12 '16 08:29

The official results of the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine will be published on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m.

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Apr 8 '16 13:00

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs is considering new rules surrounding subsidies for referendums, following questions on how the subsidies for the Ukraine referendum was used

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Apr 7 '16 14:45

The Netherlands voting "no" in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, has no effect on the agreement itself. The agreement was already signed and unanimously adopted by all EU member states' heads of government, and the Dutch "no" does not change that, a spokesperson for the European Commission said

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Apr 7 '16 10:50

Inspired by the no-camp's success in the Ukraine referendum, opponents of the US-EU trade deal TTIP and the Canadian version CETA are now also trying to get a referendum vote on this issue.

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Apr 6 '16 13:20

Polling stations across the Netherlands are open for Dutch citizens to vote in the referendum over the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine today. So far the turn out has not been overwhelmingly high.

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Apr 6 '16 07:29

Today citizens of the Netherlands can vote for or against the ratification of an association agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine. The first polling stations opened at 5:00 a.m. in Nijmegen and Castricum. Most others open at 7:30 a.m. As with other elections, the polling stations will be open until 9:00 p.m.

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Apr 5 '16 15:20

The first Syrian asylum seekers from Turkish refugee camps were flown to the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. The 31 people were transferred to a Dutch asylum center to await housing, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to news wire ANP.

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Apr 4 '16 14:15

The first group of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey will arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the European Commission announced on Monday. These are "recognized asylum seekers" that EU member states agreed to take in as part of the asylum agreement with Turkey, which took effect on Monday.

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Mar 29 '16 10:27

The Netherlands' Ambassadors Conference is starting in The Hague today. For the coming week Dutch ambassadors, consulates and permanent representatives at international institutions will meet and discuss developments in the Netherlands, the government's policy and important topics for the coming year.

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Mar 14 '16 12:34

A "no" vote in the referendum on the association agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine in April, would be a "disgrace" for the Dutch government, according to former Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw

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Mar 2 '16 10:00

The Netherlands is sending medical facilities, assistance and equipment to Greece to help out with the many asylum seekers in the country. The Greek government asked for help last week.

Oct 30 '15 15:00

French National Front Euro parliamentarian Marine le Pen has acknowledged EU that PVV parliamentarian Marcel de Graaf voted on her behalf without her knowledge. She told the European Parliament on Thursday in Strasbourg that, “It is true, he cast four of my votes without my permission”

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Oct 22 '15 13:32

The city of Amsterdam has been ranked second, under London, as the best city for start-up companies in the European Digital Cities Index. The index forms part of the European Digital Forum. Its ultimate aim is supporting digital entrepreneurship throughout Europe. The index is used to assess the support from cities for digital entrepreneurship.

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Oct 15 '15 14:33

Representatives of 20 police forces in EU countries gathered in The Hague between October 12th and 14th for a conference on the fight against child pornography and child sex tourism. During the conference, Europol and specialists working in these fields worked together to launch digital tools to aid in the fight against these crimes.

Oct 14 '15 09:52

The Dutch population has more trusts in almost everyone than in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The only institution to score lower on the trust scale than parliament, is the mass media

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Sep 24 '15 17:53

Unless the migrant crisis in Europe is addressed properly, there could be a surge of right-wing extremism across the continent, said Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission. Speaking on BBC Radio, the former Dutch foreign affairs minister added that people who do not have a rightful claim to asylum should be swiftly deported.

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Jul 21 '15 15:17

The Netherlands will soon begin with preparing shelter for a total of more than 2 thousand extra refugees coming from Italy and Greece. he two southern European countries are dealing with a massive influx of refugees and need relief. The first of these refugees may arrive in the Netherlands in September.

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Jun 30 '15 13:50

The European Commission has reached a deal with telecom providers. From June 2017 there will be no roaming charges within the European Union. Calling and browsing the internet abroad, will therefore cost the same anywhere in the EU

Jun 17 '15 19:06

Air France-KLM joined the group of the five largest European airlines to lay out regulatory demands to the European Union. The airlines presented their demands as a part of a shared vision for a new EU aviation strategy.

Jun 15 '15 18:00

Eurostat estimates that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion fell by five percent in the European Union in 2014 compared to a year before. Emissions of CO2 account for 80 percent of all EU greenhouse gas emissions.

May 26 '15 18:43

The Netherlands owe even more money to the EU in additional tax than previously thought, reports Telegraaf. The amount due is estimated at 133 million euros, which comes on top of 1.1 billion euros already paid in additional taxes to the European Union last year.

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