Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA denies that it first learned that eggs were maybe contaminated by toxic fipronil in November last year. The authority did receive a report about fipronil in that month, but that report only stated that it had been used to clean stables - there was no reason to believe that it could end up in eggs and pose a potential health risk, inspector general Rob van Lint said on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Women forced to seek help from women's shelters in the Netherlands often leave with more money problems than they started with, according to a report by National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen. From the start these vulnerable women are faced with incomprehensible procedures, administrative red tape and a lack of adequate financial and debt counseling, the Ombudsman concludes, NOS and ANP report.
The Dutch authority for nuclear safety and radiation protection ANVS will conduct a number of interviews with the directors, management and employees of NRG - the company that operates the nuclear reactor in Petten. The interviews will concern the possible impact financial problems are having on safety at the reactor, Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen wrote to parliament.
State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance wants to get rid of the Royal Dutch Mint, which has been struggling with financial problems for years. He will soon submit his plan to the Council of Ministers and then inform the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
An increasing number of children in the Netherlands are growing up in a family that needs welfare benefits to get by. Last year nearly 223 thousand children, 6.5 percent of all the kids in the country, were living in a welfare family, compared to 5.2 percent last year.
The National Police are dealing with financial problems that are even bigger than has been recognized up until now. The force management are therefore planning to drastically change course, with measures including giving mayors more power in the police.
Tens of thousands of Dutch people with financial problems are not getting the professional help they need from their municipalities - an unacceptable situation, according to State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs.
The municipality of Terschelling pad a whistle blower 155 thousand euros to resign, the Volkskrant reports. This happened while Rob Bats (VVD) was interim mayor of Terschelling.
Three branches of department store Hema were forced to close their doors this weekend.
Tenants are staging mass protests against a new regulation that would see hundreds of thousands of people earning above average pay an extra 4-6.5 percent on their rent per 1 July. Hundreds of people have announced that they are landing in money problems because of this.
If the cabinet transfers youth care, elderly care and young handicapped benefits (Wajong) to municipalities next year, then those municipalities which have the biggest financial problems will have the most work to do.
Bookstore Chain Polare is negotiating with two "interested parties" and is hoping to re-open its stores, according to CEO Jan van de Wouw to RTL Nieuws. Polare had to close 20 bookstores Tuesday, due to serious financial problems.
Four out of five companies have staff with financial problems. The recession caused the number of people with problematic debt to double, reports Nibud.
Volkskrant.nl reports that the number of primary- and secondary schools under financial supervision has increased from 12 in September 2012 to 26 this month. The inspection on education, Onderwijsinspectie, had to publish these numbers according to the Dutch law on publicity of governance, Wet openbaarheid van bestuur (Wob).