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.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has decided to cut his trade visit to South Africa down to one day, instead of two.
Researchers from the Leiden University and Erasmus medical centers were awarded a grant to further develop their 3D-printing technique to correct gaps in the backs of fetuses afflicted with by spina bifida. Professor Dick Oepkes of the LUMC and Alex Eggink of Erasmus created propose a minimally invasive procedure during early stages of pregnancy to print a watertight seal directly upon the unborn child, closing off the spine and nerves.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is heading to South Africa next week on what will be the biggest Dutch trade mission to Africa so far, the Ministries of General Affairs and Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte ended his trade visit to Japan with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday evening. He flew back to the Netherlands after the meeting to attend the refugee summit between the European Union and African countries in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday.
An Amsterdam delegation led by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and a Dutch delegation including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs are currently on a trade visit in Japan. Prime Minister Rutte will be leaving the Asian country after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the refugee summit in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday.
King Willem-Alexander will be swearing in Sharon Dijksma as the new State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment and Martijn van Dam as the new State Secretary of Economic Affairs at the Palace Noordeinde on Tuesday evening, the Royal House announced.
Labour leader Diederik Samsom has nominated PvdA parliamentarian Martijn van Dam to take over as State Secretary of Economic Affairs. The current state secretary Sharon Dijksma is expected to move to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to take over from Wilma Mansveld, who resigned last week.
Sharon Dijksma, the current State Secretary of Economic Affairs, seems to be the most popular candidate to succeed Wilma Mansveld as State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment. Mansveld stepped down on Wednesday following the report on the fiasco surrounding high-speed train Fyra.
Dutch consumers spent 18 percent more on animal- and environmentally friendly produced food in 2014, spending a total of at least 2.6 billion euros. The market share of sustainable foods increased from 6 percent to 7 percent.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Economic Affairs is pushing for an international ban on trophy hunting, such as hunting lions or elephants. She is currently investigating the possibilities for such a ban. Dijksma also wants the United Nations to recognize wildlife crime as international crime.
The Netherlands signed two very promising agreements with China this week. On Monday State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Economic Affairs signed a vegetable trade deal involving paprika peppers with China. The two countries also signed a co-production deal to facilitate film allianc
The Netherlands is getting two pandas from China, and without the annual one million dollar fee. The black and white bears will soon be accommodated by the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, this is "a sign of the special relationship between China and the Netherlands".
Schiphol, KLM, TU Delft, NS and Port of Amsterdam have joined forces in creating an innovation fund aimed at startup companies. The fund helps entrepreneurs accelerate their business by a combination of funding, expertise and global networking.
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On Thursday the Council of State is handling 41 appeals against Economic Minister Henk Kamp's gas decision for Groningen. Earthquake area residents, municipalities, water boards, interest groups and the province want the gas extraction in the province to be stopped completely, or at least further reduced.
The plan to build an offshore windfarm in the North Sea will discourage tourists and day-visitors to Dutch beaches as it would ruin the view. It will also result in thousands of jobs being lost.
An Amsterdam delegation, including Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and alderperson Kajsa Ollongren, is currently on a visit to Tel Aviv and Ramallah. The purpose of this visit is to investigate the possibilities and desirability of cooperation between Amsterdam and the two cities and to answer the question on how Amsterdam can relate to these different communities at a municipal level.
The fiscal intelligence and investigation service FIOD will soon have the capability of tapping prepaid cellphones themselves. Prepaid phones are widely used by criminals as so-called "burner phones" as they are anonymous and therefore harder to tap.
The Dutch economy is slowly improving, despite the reduction in gas extraction from Groningen. In the second quarter of this year the economy was 1.6 percent stronger than in the same period last year.
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 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.
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.