The third bailout package for Greece was approved by the lower house of parliament after a tense debate on Wednesday. A 90 seat majority, comprised of the VVD, PvdA, D66 and two members of the Group Kuzu/Ozturk decided that the government may say "yes" to the new 86 billion euro loan in Brussels.
Around 150 thousand people are receiving occupational disability benefits in the Netherlands while they are actually able to go back to work, mainly due to a lack of reassessment. Most occupationally disabled people do not see a insurance doctor for years, while many recover during that time.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is debating and voting on whether or not the Netherlands will give further financial aid to Greece this afternoon. So far the Coalition, VVD and PvdA, and the D66 have announced its support for further aid. The PVV and CDA will not back the proposal.
The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands keeps increasing and State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice does not see this changing in the foreseeable future. Currently about 1,700 asylum seekers arrive in the Netherlands per week. The Cabinet has taken a number of measures to deal with this influx.
Leading pulmonologists and pediatricians are calling for a ban on smoking in cars with children in the back seat. According to them, parents underestimate how very harmful nicotine vapors in a small space can be to children
PVV leader Geert Wilders is threatening to bring the whole Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, back from recess with a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mark Rutte if the Prime Minister decides to send another 5 billion euros to Greece. The PVV leader announced this on Twitter on Thursday.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs' plans to extract more gas from gas fields in the North Sea have the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, divided. The VVD and PVV support the plan, the PvdA and GroenLinks are solidly against it. Other parties are on the fence.
The conflict between Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and the police unions over a better collective bargaining agreement has the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, concerned
George Maat, the physical anthropologist and anatomist who was first suspended and then fired from the MH17 investigation team after giving a lecture including graphic photos of MH17 victims, thought that he was allowed to give this lecture because others were also giving similar lectures.
The new anti-bullying law, officially called the Social Security at Schools Act, takes effect on Saturday, August 1st. From tomorrow, schools will be required to enforce an active policy against bullying.
The improving economy has led to better access to credit and financing for entrepreneurs. Last year 78 percent of credit applications were granted, either completely or partially, compared to 62 percent in 2013.
Prostitutes under the age of 21 years will not be prosecuted. With this measure Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice hopes that young prostitutes will be more willing to turn to the police to report sexual exploitation.
Minister Ard van der Steur has submitted a legislative proposal that would allow compensation to be paid for emotional loss to relatives of victims were killed or suffered permanent injuries in an event that was someone else's fault - such as an accident, violent offense or medical malpractice.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs is working with other ministries and the private sector to look for ways to give innovative technology based companies such as Uber and Airbnb more space to develop within the legislation.
New evidence that the the Public Prosecutor paid 4.7 million guilders to drug criminal Cees H. 15 years ago has been found in the criminal file of the person concerned, Trouw reports. It involves documents from the Public Prosecutor's earlier bookkeeping.
The VVD will reserve judgement on the new about 80 billion euro aid package to Greece until the real bargaining agreement has been reached.
Another 20 million euros have been made available to keep more people working productively for longer, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Tuesday.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants the Dutch government to give a response to the International Monetary Fund's memo that states that Greece will need much more help than assumed. They want this response before the parliamentary debate on Greece with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance on Friday afternoon.
Elderly people receiving care in assisted living, will be allowed to keep this care. State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, that that these elderly people can continue to receive their care package in their own home
The city of Utrecht, as well as the cities of Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Tilburg, are still investigating whether cannabis cultivation can be regulated, Utrecht announced on Monday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is still opposed to the idea, saying that regulation does not contribute to the fight against organized crime and that it is contrary to international obligations.
Childcare organizations need to focus more on the development of children and babies. Both the quality of childcare staff and the care of infants must improve, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Tuesday.
State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health is launching a campaign to increase the awareness and understanding of dementia in society. He wants people to realize that the elderly person getting on the bus without knowing his destination, or trying to walk out of a store without paying, is not necessarily a criminal, but may in fact be suffering from dementia.
The cabinet is working an a new smog alarm to better inform the more than a million Dutch people suffering from respiratory problems of impurities in the air.
The Cabinet is planning some big changes in the pension system. They want to give people a better understanding of their own personal pension accrual and to get rid of the current averages system. The government believes that this would help all workers build up an adequate pension.