Minister of Finance

Mar 27 '15 09:32

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance will reveal the plans regarding ABN Amro's IPO this morning. It is believed that the national bank will return to the stock market after summer, RTL reports.

ABN Amro and Fortis were nationalized in October 2008 for a sum of over 30 billion euros. The Dutch state has since then recovered some of that through dividends. The IPO is expected to bring in around 15 billion euros. The part that is expected to be placed on the stock market largely consists of ABN Amro's Dutch activities.

Jan 9 '15 17:19

The possibility of Greece's exit from the eurozone is not an issue, said the Dutch Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Dec 5 '14 08:24

The Netherlands earned a profit of 1.3 billion euro on a bank lending scheme introduced at the height of the financial crisis to keep the economy moving. In October 2008 the Dutch government introduced a 200 billion euro guarantee scheme for banks to continue offering medium-term debt and make it safer to lend to each other.

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Oct 10 '14 13:04

On Thursday Jeroen Dijsselbloem (President of the Eurogroup and Minister of Finance) dismissed the people criticizing the European Central Banks' efforts to fight a stall in the eurozone's economy.

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Aug 27 '14 13:34

The Dutch government has received back the full amount that was made available to protect duped depositors of the Icelandic online savings bank Icesave in 2008/2009.

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Jul 21 '14 15:04

KPN's new CFO position has been given to Jan Kees de Jager. De Jager was Minister of Finance in the Cabinet Rutte I between 2010 and 2012. From August, he will be financial director of the Dutch telecom service.

Mar 6 '14 06:41

The Netherlands is investigating if there are Ukrainian assets held in the Netherlands which were made via corruption or illegal businesses.

Dec 16 '13 12:08

Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been named politician of the year by the Dutch parliamentary press.

Oct 15 '13 07:40

European Commissioner Ollie Rehn (Economical Affairs and Euro) has lauded the Netherlands for the budget agreement, the agreement of government and opposition on the budget of 2014.

Rehn praised the Netherlands at the meeting of the Euro Group, the group of 17 Finance ministers of Europe, which was held in Luxembourg on Monday. He even advised the politicians at the other side of the Atlantic ‘to go Dutch’.

Oct 10 '13 06:32

By total surprise GroenLinks has announced on Wednesday to stop with the negotiations to find a solution for the National Dutch Budget.

Bram van Ojik told in TV show Pauw and Witteman, that he didn’t see any progress and therefore decided to step out.

Oct 10 '13 06:28

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance has canceled his trip to the annual meeting of the IMF in Washington. Dijsselbloem was supposed to attend the meeting on Thursday and Friday but canceled the trip because of the negotiations with the opposition about the Dutch National Budget.

Dijsselbloem says that he has responsibilities to the international institution, but as of this moment he wants to solve the internal Dutch problems because that is now more important to him.

Oct 4 '13 07:27

The new proposal, which Jeroen Dijsselbloem sent to the opposition discussion partners, was not good enough for the CDA and they will not continue with the negotiations for an acceptable budget which can count on a majority in the Senate.

Oct 2 '13 05:45

Following the budget discussions in the House of last week, Minister Dijsselbloem is talking this week with opposition parties to exchange some of the government plans with alternatives proposed by them.

Aug 29 '13 04:21

The government has almost an agreement with the pension funds on investments in the Dutch economy. Most probably this agreement will lead  to the formation of a national mortgage bank, where pension funds can take over mortgages of Dutch banks.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, confirmed that talks are now being finalized "at breakneck speed" Tuesday the parties were together for the last meeting at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Aug 20 '13 16:43

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance and Vice Prime Minister, is still willing to talk, with the opposition, about the cuts for next year. This he said on Monday at a Labour Party meeting in Amsterdam.

Aug 15 '13 04:59

The economic recovery for the Netherlands is not happening yet and therefore the deficit for the Netherlands remains far too high. Next year, the deficit is 3.9 percent. That was announced the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday. What are the political reactions?

The government accepts that the Netherlands will not meet the European standard of three percent next year. But there will be no more than 6 billion cut, said Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance on Wednesday in response to the new estimates from the CPB.

Aug 1 '13 04:52

Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will sail along on Saturday at the Canal Parade. The Minister will be aboard the boat of the PvdA. The theme of the Labour boat this year, is asking attention for the position of Russian gay activists, announced the PvdA on Wednesday.

Dijsselbloem is accompanied on the boat by State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment, also PvdA. There are also several MPs among the 80 crew members of the Labour Party boat.

Jul 11 '13 03:26

“Stop these kind of calls to citizens,” said VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra to Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance and his ‘own’ VVD Prime Minister Mark Rutte today. In the Telegraaf he says he doesn’t agree with the request of the government and coalition partner PvdA, to let citizens use their money to stimulate the economy. Zijlstra starts with his criticism, a round of new negotiations between the coalition partners in order to fill in the extra 6 billion euro of cuts this autumn.

Jul 9 '13 08:05

The call by Prime Minister Mark Rutte that people must buy a house or a car, is mainly meant for older people. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance said this in an interview with Vrij Nederland.

“The story of Rutte can hardly apply to young people, especially for young people who bought a house in recent years. Especially the older generations had a great possibility in the past 20, 30 years, to build up capital, for instance from their house. That capital we would like to be mobilized. Spend it, invest, give it to your children,” says Dijsselbloem.

Jul 9 '13 07:50

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, has passed the names of some Greeks, with ships sailing under Dutch flag, to the Greek authorities. A spokeswoman of the Ministry of Finance confirmed this on Monday. The information was made public by the Greek newspaper Parapolitika.

According to the newspaper, the Greeks are suspected of tax evasion in their country. There are 180 people involved.

Jul 2 '13 03:19

The discussions between a delegation of the government and opposition parties D66 and GroenLinks has failed. "The negotiations have stopped," said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold on Monday about their conversations to see how they could help to realize several coalition agreements.

These included the topics 'arrangements for parents with children' and 'higher education'. Pechtold: "There's too much difference between the wishes of D66 to invest in education and the opportunities that the government wants to create. This could have been an agreement."

Jun 5 '13 06:49

As the only share holder of NS, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants to be more strict towards the railway company. He announced this during his weekly interview at RTLZ.

Dijsselbloem spoke about the meeting he had on Monday afternoon with NS chairman Bert Meerstadt. Dijsselbloem says that he doesn’t want to be informed anymore by the NS when they have made a decision already, but that he wants to be informed before a decision is made. “The NS has to consult the share holder in a much earlier stage and I am going to be sure, by myself, that this will not be forgotten.”

Jun 4 '13 08:02

The Dutch high-speed line (HSL-Zuid) has so far cost 8 billion euro. The only company using the track is the Belgian-French company Thalys. The Dutch railways (NS) and their Fyra are standing still and the top of NS has now decided that the Fyra will never be in use. 

That the NS decided to stop with the Fyra was announced on Monday after the Board of NS informed State Secretary of Railways, Wilma Mansveld. The board says that research shows that the train is insufficiently reliable.

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