NS and ProRail don't have to merge, but have to improve the quality of their services. The government will judge them by their performance more than before. The cabinet approved State Secretary of Infrastructure, Wilma Mansveld's, long-term railways timetable Friday.
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.
The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrej Deschtschyzja had their first high-level talks since the hand-over of power in Ukraine in The Hague on Monday.
Dutch people who had to flee Indonesia between 1950 and 1970, numbering 380,000, are still owed millions by the Dutch government, according to journalist Griselda Molemans.
Care for elderly with illnesses or handicapped citizens next year is going to be in trouble next year, as 40 percent of municipalities think it will be difficult to organize with the available budget.
Around three-quarters of Dutch municipalities think they might have to make budget cuts over the next year.
Last month, several ministries and the police were warned about journalist Brenno de Winter who was suspected of wanting to infiltrate government computer systems via malware and phishing, the NOS reports.
The government wants to reverse the increase of excise on fuel, according to NOS, based on The Hague sources. In addition to a multitude of complaints, the measure costs the treasury money, instead of adding to it.
It is not a good idea to extend the waiting period for foreigners who applied for the Dutch nationality, according to the Council of State, the highest advisory body to the government.
Train drivers are furious about a commercial from the Donor Week. It features a triathlete running across a closed railroad crossing in front of a train.
Over the past six months The Dutch government has requested data 11 times from Facebook from a total of 15 users. A transparency report from this social networking site reveals this information
Opposition parties, CDA and D66, expect clarification from Minister of Social Affairs, Lodewijk Asscher, about the implementation of the social agreement and the ministry’s speed in tackling unemployment which they think is too slow.
It is very easy to commit fraud with taxes, the government and the tax authorities have been aware of the problems for years. Member of political party CDA Pieter Omtzigt said this on Twitter.
Prince Willem-Alexander will accept a ceremonial role as a king if the House decides that. He said that in an interview with RTL Nieuws and NOS. “I’ll accept anything, as long as the processes are democratic and laws are followed”.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is worried about the speed of the increase in unemployment in the Netherlands. Chairman of political party D66 Alexander Pechtold said that the Netherlands is following Greece, Slovenia, Italy and Portugal. “It’s a category we shouldn’t feel comfortable in”.
The offender, not by the taxpayer, should pay costs made to maintain public order. Dutch political party VVD asked the Minister of Justice, Opstelten, to change the law.
The largest banks of the Netherlands will start working together after cyber attacks. Through sharing information they should be able to defend themselves better. Information is not shared at the moment because of competition considerations.
Schools may not offer ‘fun studies’ anymore, and if they don’t stop offering them fast enough they should be forced. Dutch Minister of Education Bussemaker wrote this in a letter to the House.
The Dutch government designed a digital flag to use in social media on the day of the inauguration. Prime Minister Rutte presented the flag on Friday.
According to Parool.nl the municipality of Amsterdam demanded outstanding leasehold from Jewish war victims and fined them for paying late after the Second World War. Students discovered this during digitalization of documents.
The twelve Dutch provinces are upset about the plans to merge them into five ‘country parts’. The government wants to combine the provinces to make sure they can also fulfill their administrative tasks in the future.
The confidence of the Dutch people in their government has decreased. During the formation of this government in the fourth quarter last year, the number of people that had trust in the government was about 10% higher.
The Citizen Perspectives report of the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP), presented on Friday, shows that only 51 percent of the Dutch people have confidence in the government. Last quarter, when the cabinet formation took place, the political mood improved considerably. Then the confidence in the government increased from 41 percent to 57 percent.