Parliamentarians from the D66, ChristenUnie and SP are critical of an emergency law that will give health institute RIVM access to transmission mast data in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. D66 MP Kees Verhoeven is not convinced that this population tracking is necessary, he said to the Telegraaf.
At least six of the Netherlands' Ministries are currently working on a protocol to ensure that tourism in the country can restart and run smoothly, despite the coronavirus crisis, sources in The Hague told the Telegraaf.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, for example, is looking into the impact tourism has on the road network, public transport, shipping, and aviation. Based on this, the government will determine what measures are necessary to keep transport safe, accessible and not too crowded once tourists return.
While the government prepares a new round of financial support measures, the near-term prospects for the Dutch economy are looking increasingly grim.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) is set to begin subsidizing professional coaching for business leaders in the Netherlands in an effort to support companies that have been hard-hit as a result of Covid-19. The move comes as the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy in the Netherlands began to rise last month, with nearly 30 percent more businesses going under in April than in March, according to new figures from Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
Cafes, restaurants and bars may only work on reservations, there may be no more than four people per table or at the bar, and guests will be asked about their health and any symptoms they or people in their home have had before being allowed to enter, according to guidelines drawn up by hospitality association KHN, RTL Nieuws reports.
On Friday, Ministers Erik Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate and Carola Schouten of Agriculture presented how they plan to reduce CO2 and nitrogen emissions. One goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by the end of this year, compared to 1990, and thereby comply with a Dutch Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by sustainability foundation Urgenda.
The Ministry of Health is planning to purchase 500 ventilators from a group of students at TU Delft who spent the last three weeks working toward its development, broadcaster NOS reports. If the last round of testing is successfully completed, the production of the ventilator, called AIRone, is expected to begin at a manufacturing facility on the TU Delft campus as soon as Thursday.
Between 70 thousand and 80 thousand companies have applied for support at the coronavirus emergency desk since it opened on March 27, State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs said on talk show Op1. So far the government paid out around 58 million euros.
Keijzer stressed that the corona emergency desk is part of a much larger package of measures to support businesses through the coronavirus crisis.
The first aid counters for freelancers who are in financial trouble due to the coronavirus are opening in several large cities on Monday. Despite government measures, many companies are struggling under fixed costs like profit payouts and holiday pay. Postponing these payments are "on the table", trade union FNV said to the Telegraaf.
Supermarkets in the Netherlands are being called to take measures to ensure that everyone can get their shopping done during the Covid-19 crisis. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs asked that they reserve an hour for elderly customers every day. Actor Thomas Acda started a Twitter action through which healthcare workers in Amsterdam can place their grocery orders and pick them up after their shift.
The coronavirus Covid-19 and the national measures taken to fight its further spread is wreaking havoc in the hospitality and recreation industries, and among the around 3 million people in the Netherlands who work on flexible contracts or as freelancers - many of which work in hospitality and recreation. Quick measures are needed to make sure these workers don't sink, according to experts.
Stringent measures taken to battle the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 are affecting all aspects of the Netherlands. Most court cases and parliamentary debates have been canceled. Community service has been suspended. And the Netherlands is no longer taking in asylum seekers. Freelancers suddenly unable to go to work are also facing problems.
Members of the Dutch cabinet met with representatives of a nonprofit organization that pushed the government down a path towards urgent and immediate greenhouse gas reductions. The meeting followed a landmark ruling in December by the Dutch Supreme Court over greenhouse gas emissions in a case brought by climate organization Urgenda.
More than half of people in the Netherlands postpone or simply forget to install important updates on their smart devices, according to a study by Panelwizard on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. Under the slogan 'Do your updates', the Ministry is launching a campaign to actively urge people to make sure their devices are updated and safe against cyber criminals, AD reports.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs ignored signals and reports that there were many problems with Centrum Veilig Wonen (CVW) - the company responsible for reinforcing homes in Groningen against fracking earthquakes - for years. The then National Coordinator for Groningen Hans Alders warned the Ministry that the company was not complying with agreements, and that Groningen residents were the victims of this, in the summer of 2017.
On February 1st, Sandd will merge with PostNL and no longer exist. This acquisition will lead to a great deal of lost jobs - it is already clear that less than half of the around 16 thousand Sandd employees are guaranteed a job at PostNL, NOS reports based on information from the Bond van Post Personeel and conversations with Sandd employees. At the same time, there are plenty of open vacancies at PostNL, according to the broadcaster.
The Dutch government has formulated ambitious sustainability goals, like reducing CO2 emissions by 49 percent by 2030 and achieving a fully circular economy by 2050, but there is no coherent vision on what a sustainable society will look like and how to get to such a society, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure said in its advisory report titled "Toward
The government is taking too little account of public health in its climate policy, according to a letter 10 regional GGDs sent to Minster Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate. The community health services call on the government to include them in the development of climate plans, AD reports based on the letter in its possession.
Millions of tourists visit the Netherlands every year and this number only continues to grow. The government must do more to address the problems caused by tourism and reduce its strain on popular Dutch destinations, a majority of the parties in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, said to NOS op 3.
Thirteen of the 30 major energy suppliers in the Netherlands have major debts, Consumentenbond concluded based on an analysis of their annual reports. The consumers' association therefore wants Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs to better protect consumers against the consequences of an energy supplier going bankrupt, NU.nl reports.
In August last year, gas extraction company NAM threatened to stop extracting gas in Groningen prematurely if the liability for damages caused by gas extraction in the province is not shifted away from the company, RTV Noord reports based on a secret report on a meeting between NAM director Thijs Jurgens, officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, and representatives of the National Coordinator for Groningen.
The Dutch government wants to halt gas extraction in Groningen much earlier than originally planned. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate now thinks that gas extraction in the earthquake-ridden province can be stopped by mid-2022, instead of in 2030, NOS reports.
The Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM is blocking PostNL's planned takeover of Sandd. The takeover would result in a monopoly on the Dutch postal market and that could lead to significant price increases, the regulator said on Thursday.
The government wants to change the Netherlands' telecom law to make it easier for the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM to tackle the "growing problem" of phishing scams via SMS, a spokesperson for State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs confirmed to NU.nl after a report in RTL Nieuws.