The Netherlands is currently on its second trade mission to Iran in a short time. Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs sees many opportunities for Dutch companies in the Arabic country. Though Iran's significant problems with making international payments remains an obstacle, NOS reports.
Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam are in talks with the Ministry of Economic Affairs on tightening the rules and restrictions linked to renting your home, or part thereof, through Airbnb
The Dutch institute for radio astronomy Astron is threatening a 100 million euro damage claim against a group of farmers planning to build windmills in Veenkolonien, Drenthe. According to Astron, the windmills will be "disastrous" for their research into the origins of the universe
The Dutch government is further restricting hunters from importing their trophies to the Netherlands. The list of banned trophies was extended to also include the species white rhino, elephant, hippo, cheetah, polar bear and lion
The Dutch government is considering closing another two coal fired power plants in the Netherlands, on top of the already agreed upon closure of the five oldest coal plants in the country. The final decision on this will be made in the autumn
The lower house of Dutch parliament wants only sustainable, zero-emission cars to be sold on the Dutch market from 2025. If the parliamentarians have their way, no new diesel or petrol cars will enter the Dutch market from then.
Over the past 25 years the wild duck population in the Netherlands decreased significantly. The Ministry of Economic Affairs ordered an investigation into the cause of the declining population
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs came up with stricter rules for the ritual slaughter of animals, but stopped short of actually banning it. He announced the new rules, made after agreements with Jewish and Islamic organizations, in a letter to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday
The Netherlands is working on developing a smartphone app that will allow consumers to scan supermarket products, see what ingredients are in them and what route those ingredients followed to end up in the supermarket. State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs wants to start making arrangements with supermarkets and food companies this month.
Former minister Willem Vermeend was appointed the so-called liaison officer for the FinTech sector in the Netherlands. He will be the link between the FinTech sector, the government, industry and regulators and will work on solving problems for technology companies in the financial sector, the government announced.
The Netherlands is an important link in the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, both in terms of market and of transit, according to research done by criminologist Daan van Uhm for which he will receive his doctorate on Tuesday
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs is leaving politics after the next parliamentary election scheduled for March 2017. He no longer wants to be a minister and he will not be returning to parliament, a spokesperson confirmed to NU after Kamp announced his departure on political talk show Politiek in de Pol.
On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, voted that Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs should give no subsidies to coal-fired power plants for co-firing biomass until it is clear whether the plants must be closed due to pollution. Engergie-Nederland, the umbrella organization for energy companies in the country, thinks that the Energy Agreement will be jeopardized if coal plants do not co-fire biomass
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs is discussing a ban on hunting tourism in the Netherlands with the provinces and the Royal Hunters Society, he said on Monday in response to questions from the PvdA and PvdD
Placing windmills near the Dutch coast will have very little to no effect on tourism in the affected beach areas. Between "0 and 10" percent of tourists and day-visitors will stay away because of windmills on he horizon, according to a study done by Decisio on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
The madness surrounding tickets for Adele concerts in the Netherlands being sold out within hours only to be resold at much higher prices, sparked Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to launch an investigation. He asked the Authority for Consumers and Market to investigate the circumstances, the Minister wrote to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament
Coalition party PvdA wants to stop exporting gas from Groningen as quickly as possible. The party wants to keep the gas in the Netherlands and use it as the "engine" behind the development of green technology and as a "spare battery" for green energy, because wind and sun can not provide a continuous flow of energy, parliamentarian Jan Vos said
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants a liaison officer to provide leadership for the FinTech Sector, similar to the role Neelie Kroes is playing as startup-ambassador, he said in an interview at B.Amsterdam
The Energy bill was rejected with just one vote in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, on Tuesday. The smallest possible majority of 38 senators voted against Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp's law, which was to regulate offshore wind farms and the unbundling of energy companies. 37 senators voted for
Companies guilty of the biggest violations on the rules regarding food safety, will soon have to pay massive fines. From June 1st next year, the worst food fraud offenders will have to pay 10 percent of their annual turnover, instead of the current maximum fine of 20 thousand euros.
The court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday that the Ministry of Economic Affairs has to release all information of all parties and products involved in the Willy Selten horse meat scandal of 2013.
The PvdA wants supermarkets to stop selling meat at very cheap prices. According to the party, it puts too much pressure on farmers to raise their animals as cheaply as possible, which in turn puts pressure on sustainability.
The Council of State ordered Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to reduce gas extraction in Groningen even further due to the earthquakes in the province.
A new legislative amendment will shift the burden of proof on earthquake damage in Groningen from the residents to mining company NAM. This means that Groningen residents whose homes were damaged will soon no longer have to prove that the damage was caused by gas-extraction earthquakes, but NAM will have to prove that this is not the case.