A group of Dutch multinational companies signed a pact and started a "broad movement" against "encroaching populism and negativism", two representatives of the movement said to Financieele Dagblad on Saturday. This movement will not only fight negativity, but also boost the Dutch economy, they said.
A lobbying document Shell caused some serious irritation among Dutch parliamentarians. The oil and gas giant writes that the reduction in gas extraction in Groningen threatens the "economic base" of the plan to strengthen homes in the earthquake zone. Unacceptable blackmail, according to SP province director Eelco Eikenaar.
VVD parliamentarian Bart de Liefde's resignation from parliament to become a lobbyist for taxi service Uber, is leading to criticism in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch Parliament. According to the Volkskrant, De Liefde regularly expressed his approval for the taxi service as a spokesperson for Competition.
Twelve of the largest Dutch companies spent a massive $19.14 million lobbying politicians in the United States last year. Dutch spending on lobbying activities in the U.S. increased by 2 percent compared to 2014
Leiden University has appointed a public affairs Professor, who’s job it is to give more insight into the work of lobbyists in the Netherlands. Arco Timmermans, research director of the Montesquieu Institute, will fulfill the function. It is the first time that a professor is appointed to specifically investigate lobby activities in the Netherlands.