Minister of Safety and Justice Ivo Opstelten underestimated the financial implications of the restructure process of the National Police by €200 million. The entire process could reach a total cost of €431 million, according to the police department's Central Works Council (COR).
Two filling stations in the border region filed a legal suit against the State of the Netherlands. They say that they were severely affected by the consequences of the tax increase which came in force early this year.
Jacques Wallage, chairman of the so-called "Dialogue Table Groningen" wants a National Office which will work to repair the damage cause by earthquakes in the north of the country. This service must also take measures to prevent damage.
The controversial transport service UberPOP is now also available in Rotterdam and the Hague.
The Netherlands has the third highest rate of cultural attendance in Europe. This includes museum tours taken, orchestras attended and theaters visited.The only countries in Europe to have a higher rate are Denmark and Sweden.
Prime Minster Rutte has stated he believes Turkey has no need to apologize for the alleged accusations that the Dutch government is racist. "In the future, we will make it clear that we are by no means interested in Turkey's opinion of our government and policies," said the prime minister after the cabinet meeting earlier today.
Allegations that members of the Turkish government formally accused the Dutch government of racism are unfounded, a Turkish diplomat said Thursday. "The Turkish government is not accusing the Dutch of racism. The Netherlands is one of our most valuable, and closest allies," a spokesman for the Turkish Embassy to the Netherlands said.
Government internet connectivity issues have forced the temporary stoppage of the Dutch integration exam, affecting hundreds of people who already made plans to take the test. At least 716 people are known to have registered for the exam which must often be taken in the person’s country of origin, meaning the registrants have lost out on money spent for travel arrangements.
The government and semi public institutions must be able to pay higher salaries to increase expertise and quality within their organizations.
The Dutch government is going to start working with a Risk Indication System (SyRI) that will make it easier for municipalities and government institutions to detect benefit or tax fraud.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is positive about the budget plans for next year. In an interview with the Algemeen Dagblad, he emphasizes that his Cabinet will have to "stay the course in uncertain times."
Although many Dutch households reported a cut in spending in 2014, a smaller percentage of the country slashed their personal budgets compared to last year, according to market research firm Ipsos. In a survey of a thousand people in the Netherlands, the firm found that some 67 percent of people in the country tightened their belts, compared to 86 percent a year earlier.
The Amsterdam public transit authority, GVB, has released new video footage of the still under construction Noord-Zuid underground metro line. Although still incomplete, a camera-mounted drone has captured footage of the route, giving people an insider's look at the over €3 billion project.
Schiphol airport reports a healthy growth in the number of passengers traveling through the airport. In the first half of this year, there was a four percent growth compared to the same period last year, with 25.7 million people coming through the airport.
Dutch society loses about €30 billion annually to fraudsters, including scams such as insurance fraud and swindling with benefits. The guilty parties are rarely caught, according to daily newspaper Metro.
Dozens of mayors in The Netherlands have come together to plead for a regulation of marijuana cultivation. They want to permit sale of the soft drug in coffeeshops, as well as the cultivation. In an interview with de Volkskrant, mayor Paul Depla of Heerlen outs hard criticism on the current cannabis policy in The Cabinet.
Netherlands counter-terrorism coordinator AIVD has warned that the threat of a terrorist attack in the country is "bigger than ever before." The secret service is taking a possible attack against the Dutch democratic society very seriously, De Telegraaf reports.
When we talk about winning money for EU researches, Dutch researchers and entrepreneurs walk hand in hand.
They have managed to receive almost 3,4 billion euro between 2007 and 2013. This is almost one and a half times the amount that The Netherlands pays for via the EU budget, wrote Education Secretary Sander Dekker and Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp in a letter to Parliament on Friday.
Union Abvakabo FNV and employers' organization Jeugdzorg Nederland say that there are thousands of youth care co-workers' jobs at stake now that the Cabinet is cutting almost €500 million from youth care. They plead for a job pool for youth care.
The new warning system used during emergency situations has been tested once again today. NL-Alert had a trial run at 12 p.m., as the government sent around an SMS message to everyone with a mobile telephone registered in the netherlands, if the device is capable of it.
The Cyber Defense Expertise Center officially opened today. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mart de Kruif officiated the ceremonies on the Bernhard barracks in Amersfoort. This opening is the first step towards the Cyber Defense Commando, which still has to be created.
Former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte, was arrested this morning at the studios of Curaçao tv channel CBA in Willemstad. His arrest has been confirmed by the Public Prosecution Authority (OM).
A proposal by the PVV to hold a vote of confidence on Security and Justice Secretary Fred Teeven was slapped down by Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer.
In a talk with EU-president Herman van Rompuy in 2012, Prime Minister Mark Rutte threatened to step out of the Euro if he kept his plans for the Eurozone. Van Rompuy and several other associated persons said this in de Volkskrant on Wednesday. In the paper, Rutte himself says that a Euro exit was never on the table.