Netherlands residents have lodged over 30,000 complaints about fireworks in just six days on the website Vuurwerkoverlast.nl. The site is operating for its third year and went back online for the holiday season less than a week ago.
The firework complaint website Vuurwerkoverlast.nl went online yesterday. This is the 3rd year in a row that citizens can express their complaints at this reporting point. 440 complaints have been registered so far. People can report their complaints until January 3rd.
The GroenLinks Member of Parliament Linda Voortman from Utrecht has been exonerated. According to the Public Prosecutor, she did not leak information on who was a candidate for the National Ombudsman position to the media.
Despite the Christmas recess, the Senate will be meeting tonight to discuss further curbing the top incomes in the (semi) public sector.
Utrecht is against prostitution in homes. Part of the municipal council had proposed at-home prostitution as a temporary solution for the women who have been unable to work as prostitute in Utrecht since 2013.
After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet will further reduce the gas extraction in Groningen. A maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters of gas may be extracted from the gas field in Groningen in 2015, previously it was 42.5 billion cubic meters. This is a reduction of about 7 percent.
The Cabinet should inform the Second Chamber about what arrangements the Tax Service has made with multinationals. This is according to an opinion piece in the Volkskrant written by Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Arnold Merkies (SP,) Carola Schouten (ChristenUnie) and Pieter Omtzigt (CDA).
On Wednesday evening the Amsterdam City Council almost unanimously approved port Alderman Kajsa Ollongren's (D66) proposal for the construction of a new sea lock in IJmuiden. Amsterdam will contribute a maximum of 105.25 million euro to the project.
Acting Mayor Midden-Drenthe Ton Baas (VVD) has said no to 1,400 asylum seekers getting shelter in the Drenthe village of Oranje.
The PvdA wants State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice to consult with municipalities on the shelter for asylum seekers and other undocumented immigrants. The coalition party feels that a temporary form of shelter is desirable, but did not give a possible solution.
GroenLinks wants to set up an emergency fund for people in danger of losing necessary care due to the impending changes in long-term care.
Amsterdam, like Utrecht, Heerlen and Eindhoven, plans to experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. No less than five parties in the Amsterdam city council want a selected grower to produce weed.
The first budget of the city management of D66, VVD and SP was adopted by the Amsterdam city council last night.
A Liberian asylum seeker was on his way to Brussels, from where he would be deported back to Liberia, when he got the surprising news that he can remain in the Netherlands.
The man had repeatedly appealed against his deportation because of the Ebola epidemic prevailing in his country, but all his requests were denied.
A ruling by the court in Roermond prevented the deportation of the 31 year old man, his lawyer confirmed. Last week the court in Den Bosch ruled that he must be returned to Liberia despite the Ebola epidemic.
The statue of Nelson Mandela, made for the opening of Nelson Mandelapark on October 24th, has been burnt down.
The SP, PvdA, Groenlinks, the unions and other social organizations should come up with a propsal together to tax wealth more and to ensure that those on lower incomes go up
On October 31st one hundred men, including Amsterdam councilors and other prominent Dutchmen, will shave their beards in a makeshift shaving salon on Frederiksplein for Movember.
"Already high costs and lack of openness ... make the king unnecessarily vulnerable," D66 leader Alexander Pechtold writes referring to the 127 million euro palace renovations. He calls this "exorbitantly high".
Politicians are favoring a harder line, and being stricter on the rules of bonuses for banks. In a Parliament meeting about the cabinet plan to tackle banker bonuses, ruling party, the PvdA, will demand an increase in fines for banks and insurers who dismiss the bonus ban, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
In Utrecht, state secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven has upset Mayor Jan van Zanen by executing a 'power-play', removing an asylum seeker from a center without consulting the Mayor, which is the agreement, RTV Utrecht reports.
Politicians from the Dutch provinces Brabant and Zeeland are concerned about the sabotage on Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, as the nuclear power plant is located near the Dutch border.
The build of a controversial Russian oil terminal in the Rotterdam port is getting the go-ahead from the Rotterdam city government, despite criticism from the Cabinet and in the Rotterdam City Council about the bad timing with the Russian trade war, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Harbor bosses in Rotterdam's port are worried about the effect that the trade war against Russia will have on Dutch business. The Russian Shtandart oil terminal deal in the Rotterdam harbor is at the brink of collapse, which the harbor managers say is bad news for the city.