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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Netherlands is the first and only country to pay the additional tax owed to the European Union, reports Telegraaf. Other states that have to pay extra, according to newer calculations, are Bulgaria, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia and United Kingdom.
The European Commission is proposing a quota system aimed at dispersing refugees across the continent. The proposed quota would force the Netherlands to take 4.35 percent of asylum seekers entering European countries, reports broadcaster NOS.
The Netherlands and Cuba will be working more closely together in future. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs made this agreement during his visit to Cuba, the ministry announced on Friday. Koenders said that the Netherlands has a "solid relationship" with Cuba, ANP reports.
The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.6 percent and 1.7 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, the European Commission revealed on Tuesday. This growth estimate is below the predicted Euro Area and European Union averages and also below the Dutch forecasts presented earlier by ING.
The European Union gave a 3.8-million euro grant to neurological researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen. The scientists are trying to determine how the visual cortex responds to different vision and brain disorders, and to find out how the brain responds to developing information it receives from the eyes.
Lawyer firm Prakken d'Oliveira has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government for the AIVD eavesdropping on lawyers' conversations with clients, Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands may collect fingerprints and store all biometric data from its citizens when applying for a passport, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday. The Dutch Council of State asked the EU court to give legal explanations about European Union rules regarding the storage of fingerprints, after determining there are no existing rules prohibiting the practice.
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs wants dutch cities to be able to compete with the world leaders. He therefore plans to give them a boost to enable more growth and innovation, he said in an interview with Trouw on Wednesday.
The European Union is an association made up of unreliable members that are too materialistic and driven by money. And the Netherlands is just as bad as its neighbors when it comes to abusing EU funds. "The greatest fraud in the European Social Fund is held by the Netherlands. But it is in the Dutch national character to point the finger at other countries."