A ban on free plastic bags at checkout counters takes effect on January 1st, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment said to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday
A majority of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, voted for the VVD proposal to remove environmental zones banning old diesel cars from cities. According to the VVD, these zones are useless and expensive
Opposition parties are accusing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the VVD of putting fellow party members above the law, concocting a plan to keep former Justice Minister Opstelten in office, damaging the citizens' trust in the government and misleading the Netherlands as a whole, in the parliamentary debate on the deal then-prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000.
"The Cabinet accepts the conclusion of the investigative committee." The deal then-prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000 can not pass muster, Minister Ard van der Steur confirms in his answers on 250 parliamentary questions about the deal
The parliamentary debate about the scandal surrounding the so-called Teeven deal with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday may well put the Prime Minister on the defensive
The Rotterdam faction of the PvdA asked the mayor and aldermen to offer safe shelter to 10 LGBT asylum seekers currently living in the emergency shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn. On Friday these 10 asylum seekers started a hunger strike because they are systematically threatened, abused and even assaulted by other refugees because of their sexual orientation
The Oosting-committee's report on the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H., has the other parties smelling VVD-blood. And the first victim is to be Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg, who will be answering questions on her role in the affair on Tuesday. The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.
The Dutch government is going to keep track of all Salafist organization and look into whether it is possible to ban them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday, lower house of parliament, on Thursday
The deal Fred Teeven, a prosecutor at the time, made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000 had serious shortcomings, according to the Oosting Commission's report on their investigation into the deal. The report contains scathing criticisms aimed at Teeven, former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and parliament president Annouchka van Miltenburg
Health Minister Edith Schippers is investigating possibilities on limiting the power of the pharmaceutical industry's power on drug pricing in the European Union
Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to impose financial penalty on the Eastern European EU member states which are frustrating the equal redistribution of asylum seekers across the European Union
An 18 year old Syrian man was arrested in The Hague on Monday on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. The man arrived in the Netherlands in October and applied for asylum. He was living in an asylum shelter in Zaandam.
There are no concrete indications that Mohammed B., the man serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh, had any accomplices in the murder, according to the CTIVD, the commission supervising the intelligence and security services.
SP Parliamentarians Henk van Gerven and Renske Leijten are demanding answers from Health Minister Edith Schippers on her husband's role in the turbulent period at the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam.
Rotterdam commissioner Latif Tali pressed charges of discrimination and inciting hatred against Ahmet Akgunduz, rector of the Islamic University Rotterdam.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher is facing criticism from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The VVD, who is leading the attack, accused him of selling tall tales, with too little results, especially on unemployment.
The Cabinet is setting one million euros aside for extra security at controversial events. The VVD and PvdA want to prevent cultural institutions cancelling events due to organizers being afraid of threats or high security costs.
ProRail may be getting 175 million euros less subsidy next year because the company has been pushing money for maintenance and repairs forward for years, instead of using it to repair train tracks.
Parliament can soon expect a letter stating that more time for consultation on increasing the youth minimum wage is needed, because the topic has the ruling coalition divided. The PvdA is in favor of bringing the youth minimum wage closer to the normal minimum wage. The VVD fears that doing so will result in a loss of jobs.
The Cabinet is proposing to invest an additional 250 million euros into the Security and Justice budget. In the spring they will evaluate if more is needed. For the time being that is all the Ministry is getting extra.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants the cabinet to gradually close all he coal power plants in the Netherlands.
Asylum seekers who commit a crime may soon face a tougher approach from Dutch authorities. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wants to decrease the severity of sentences that result in a refugee's asylum request being denied or residency permit being revoked.
Unlike other budgets, the budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation does not include any performance information. It is therefore impossible to determine whether the 4.1 billion euros the Netherlands spends on an annual basis to help the poorest people in the world is spent effectively and it is unclear what exactly is achieved with that money.
The VVD and PvdA wants to allow online sports gambling, but block match fixing with restrictions and binding it to strict rules. Dutch football association KNVB is very happy with the adjustments planned for the gambling law, calling it a "profit for the sport".