Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur is very much against Christian party SGP's call to ban advertisements that promote adultery by sites like Second Love from the public broadcasters in the Netherlands. According to him, monitoring and supervising ads is the Netherlands Advertising Code Committee's job, and not the government's.
Yet another parliamentarian is leaving the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, before his term is up. VVD MP Bart de Liefde announced his resignation. He will soon be working as a manager at taxi platform Uber. Just a week ago D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi resigned to go campaigning for U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, causing a bit of a stir in the Kamer.
Coalition party PvdA wants to stop exporting gas from Groningen as quickly as possible. The party wants to keep the gas in the Netherlands and use it as the "engine" behind the development of green technology and as a "spare battery" for green energy, because wind and sun can not provide a continuous flow of energy, parliamentarian Jan Vos said
Mark M., the former police officer suspected of selling confidential police information to criminals, possibly corrupted "about ten" investigations, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to the lower house of Dutch parliament
D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi's sudden resignation to campaign for American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not "transparent" and she must quickly provide clarification on the matter, Tweede Kamer president Khadija Arib said
Starting next year, all buildings, shops and public transport must become accessible for people with disabilities, the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, decided on Thursday by voting for a 2006 UN treaty stating that disabled people must be able to fully participate in society. Businesses can gradually start with simple adjustments until their buildings are completely accessible
Students, lecturers and parents are getting more influence on their own school or university in Education Minister Jet Bussemaker's new law that is being handled in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday
D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi resigned from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, and is heading to the United States to campaign for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the party announced on Wednesday
The Dutch government is establishing a special team that must ensure that information on passenger manifests is released faster after an airplane disaster, the cabinet announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday
Fierce criticism and a motion of no confidence were what Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice faced on Wednesday in the parliamentary debate about his actions surrounding George Maat, the forensic scientist who was discredited after giving a lecture showing images of flight MH17 victims. The motion of no confidence did not get a majority vote, which means that Van der Steur can continue as Minister, if in a somewhat battered state, NU reports.
The Court of Auditors wants clarification from Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on how she plans to manage the possibly higher costs involved in the purchase of the new JSF-jets due to fluctuations in the euro-dollar exchange rate, the court wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
Anti-Islam party PVV denounced violence and riots surrounding the talks of opening asylum centers in various parts of the country during a debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament on Tuesday
The investigation into the leak of national security information from the highly-confidential committee for the intelligence and security services did not deliver any conclusive results. The investigation team told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, that there are no grounds to prosecute any Parliamentarian because they could not find a clear suspect
In November last year officials told the government that they expect that some 90 thousand asylum seekers will arrive in the Netherlands in 2016. The government chose to ignore this prognosis and adjusted the plans to a lower number, namely 58 thousand asylum seekers, sources told television program Nieuwsuur.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice apologized to forensic scientist George Maat on Thursday. Maat was discredited after giving a lecture showing images of flight MH17 victims. The Minister also acknowledged mistakes he made in this conflict to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
Khadija Arib, PvdA, was elected to succeed Anouchka van Miltenburg as president of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament,
The Dutch government will not legally force businesses to adapt their buildings to make them more accessible for the disabled, Public Health State Secretary Martin van Rijn wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
The lower house of Dutch parliament is electing a new president on Wednesday. And with four candidates with controversy clinging to almost all of them, it seems to be building up to be a tense election.
The Dutch presidency of the European Union is officially underway. The entire European Commission is meeting with the Dutch cabinet in Amsterdam this morning
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA submitted a proposal to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, for a uniform tax rate for gambling. The parties propose that gambling be taxed at 29 percent, both online and in casinos
George Maat, the forensic scientist who ended up in the spotlight after a controversial lecture using footage of the MH17 disaster, copied the police report on his lecture with a pencil and a note pad and published it on the Leiden university website Mare. "Now everyone can read the pieces and draw their own conclusions", he said. He believes the report exonerates him.
According to The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, banning Salafist organizations is unconstitutional and undesirable, he said in an interview with NRC on Monday. This is in response to a motion in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Parliament, asking the government to investigate opportunities for banning these organization, which they consider a breeding ground for violent jihadism.
A number of parliamentary factions want the Netherlands to have control of the nuclear power plant in Doel, just over the Belgium border, after the reactor Doel 1 shut down automatically on Saturday for an as yet unknown reason - only days after it was put back into use on December 30th.
The governments 5 billion euros tax plan survived the Eerste Kamer, Senate, on Tuesday and will be implemented in 2016