Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher together with the Contact Committee for Muslims (CMO) visited the Alhijra Mosque in Leiden yesterday. Over the weekend the new building of the mosque, which is still under construction, was occupied by a number of protesters carrying banners with anti-Islam slogans.
The Islamic University of Rotterdam (IUR) has been placed under increased supervision by the education inspectorate. The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization NVAO is also investigating the quality of training at the IUR.
According to PvdA Parliament Member Ahmed Marcouch, the integration course must pay more attention to the importance of freedom of expression. He said this to NU.nl following the recent attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
The public transport companies and Minister Lodewijk Asscher has set aside 20 million euro to recruit enough drivers, conductors, mechanics and engineers in the coming years.
The Dutch government is going to start working with a Risk Indication System (SyRI) that will make it easier for municipalities and government institutions to detect benefit or tax fraud.
Asian restaurants have been in discussion with Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and benefits agency UWV about receiving work permits to attract top Asian chefs to their restaurants. The parties came to an agreement, which will be officially signed on Wednesday in Amsterdam, de Telegraaf reports.
Municipal council factions of the CDA and ChristenUnie in Gouda believe that radical imam Tarik Chadlioui should be banned from preaching in Gouda. The factions believe that this would be in accordance with the strong counter-action against hate-preachers announced by Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs, Omroep West reports.
Key figures in Dutch muslim communities will be encouraged by the Cabinet to do more to prevent radicalization among youths. In a renewed effort by the Cabinet to tackle extremism, Imams breeding hate will also be reprimanded more harshly.
The cabinet's attempts to limit the export of benefits from The Netherlands to Morocco are hitting a block. Judges previously banned the lowering of running benefits. Now, the court in Amsterdam has ruled that new benefits have to stay level, De Volkskrant reports.
The government is taking steps to tackle the growing incidents of discrimination in The Netherlands. In response to the number of anti-Semitic events that have occurred in the country recently, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Ministers Lodewijk Asscher and Ivo Opstelen spoke with representatives of various Jewish organizations in the Catshuis, the NOS reports.
Despite an overall drop in unemployment, in the over-50s age group, it seems to be increasing. Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs will make €34 million available for a plan to give the over-50s extra training.
Minister Asscher of Social Affairs is going to press Morocco in September that the social security agreement has to be amended, and that action on the agreement is running out of time, the NOS reports.
Geert Wilders has incurred the wrath of Saudi Arabia. Last December the PVV-leader spread green anti-islam stickers that look like the Saudi Arabian flag. In place of the islamic creed, the text reads: 'Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a crook. The Qur'an is poison.' One of these stickers was sent to the Saudi embassy in The Hague with a letter.
Healthy working hours, work pressure and aggression in the workplace are among the problems of work stress that minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has said he will implement measures against.
The cabinet is laying out an employment plan for the care sector, which is meant to help 80,000 people get a job or training.