Political leaders from the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Sweden met in Stockholm today to discuss reforms in European politics. It is likely that the succession of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was also discussed.
Sources in Brussels report that the European Union may open investigations into the tax advantages that big companies enjoy in The Netherlands and Ireland as soon as next week, after a European Commission meeting on the issue on the 11th of June.
A new report published by Belgian group Federbet suggests that a 2014 football game between Dutch team PSV Eindhoven and Bulgarian side PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv may have been the subject of a match fixing scheme. The January 9 match is one of at least 13 suspected match fixing incidents involving a Bulgarian team, of which Lokomotiv Plovdiv played in two.
After the European elections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to decide a limit of five tasks for the EU, to perform over the next five years. He wants to discuss his "priority agenda" next week Tuesday during a dinner where heads of state and government leaders will discuss the new president of the European Commission.
Less than one third of Dutch people is currently happy with the European Union. The latest Euro-barometer from the European Commission shows that the Netherlands is equally dissatisfied with the EU as most of Europe on average.
The Netherlands must be careful that the European Commission stays out of the pension funds of member states. The Netherlands should pull the 'yellow card' against the Commission's pension plan, says CDA- MP Pieter Omtzigt, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands and Sweden want to scrap expiration dates for certain food products.
Workers across the European Union should no longer be exploited, and should be properly paid for honest work. This comes from Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher in an opinion piece for the Volkskrant.
The European Commission is more optimistic about the Dutch economy than it was earlier this year. The budget deficit for this year is coming out at 2.8 percent, under the European norm of 3 percent.
A new proposal from SGP party leader Kees van der Staaij could see the Netherlands placing a toll on cars driven into the Netherlands from other countries. The proposal is similar to one approved by the government last year that was expected to raise €260 million.
The Euro parliament voted for a universal phone charger Thursday afternoon, that will compel manufacturers to include a standardized charger with their phones. The measure will reduce unnecessary pollution, costs and inconvenience to the user.
A former employee of the Utrecht University, Pankaj Dhonukshe, manipulated research results in such a way that it wasn't picked up by the standard quality checks until after the established magazine "Cell" retracted one of his articles. A closer study of his articles brought fabricated facts to light.
Groningen is one of six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital, awards.
After 10 months of preparation, a citizen's initiative, under the name of Burgerforum EU, succeeded in placing the ever-expanding European Union on the planner of the Lower House, Tuesday, supported by some 63,000 signatures.
Minister Kamp from Economic Affairs has made it clear he will not be able to carry out the plan some Groningen businesses came up with to bail out the bankrupt Aldel, due to strict European regulations.
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The Groningen offices of political party PVV want the Netherlands to do whatever possible to save aluminum smelting company Aldel from bankruptcy, even if it means breaking European regulations. The company has over €24 million in debt, and is losing €1.2 million monthly.
The European Commission has approved the restructuring plan for SNS Reaal, Nos reports Wednesday.
Almere-based Sandoz and Tilburg-based Janssen-Cilag face a total of about $16.3 million from the European Commission for delaying the market entry of a cheaper generic version of the pain-killer fentanyl in the Netherlands.
European competition authorities raided Philips this week. The European Commission suspects that a number of electronics companies, including Philips, made mutual agreements to influence internet sales to drive up prices of their products
The European Commission (EC) and the Turkish government have agreed to launch a visa liberalization dialogue and to sign a readmission agreement.
The European Commission has fined a group of four European North Sea shrimps traders a fine of €28.7 million for operating a cartel.
A new report by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Radiocommunications Agency found that some Dutch telecommunications and internet service providers (ISPs) have violated European Union law requiring the retention of communications data for the purposes of investigating, detecting and prosecuting serious crime and terrorism.