The increase in the number of dairy cows in the Netherlands has resulted in the amount of manure, and therefore also the amount of phosphates, increasing significantly. State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Economic Affairs has therefore decided to intervene by limiting the amount of phosphate cows may "produce" annually.
Groningen residents are still in danger of earthquakes caused by gas extraction, even after the extraction limit for this year was reduced to 30 billion cubic meters last week.
The Netherlands can be a major contributor to solving the climate problem if all the coal plants in the Netherlands close down.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has extended the import ban on food from the West, including the Netherlands, by one year. This was done in response to the European Union extending the sanctions against Russia by 6 months earlier this week.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health has made agreements with parties in healthcare to curb improper use of antibiotics and instead focus on infection prevention. This is an extra effort in the fight against antibiotics resistance.
Gas extraction in Groningen may be reduced even further for the rest of this year. Sources from within the Binnenhof told NU that the total gas extraction for 2015 may be capped at 30 billion cubic meters, instead of the 39.5 billion cubic meters agreed upon earlier this year.
The approach of the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to collusion between companies is not always the best decision for sustainability and environmental friendliness, said Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp. Quite often organizations reach agreements that are actually favorable for the environment, according to the Minister, but the watchdog stops deals dead in their tracks to prevent collusion between firms, Kamp said in a letter.
The European Commission has made 315 billion euros available through the European Fund for Strategic Investment for additional investments in the European economy. For the Netherlands this potentially means billions of euros for, among other things, the laying of fiber optic networks, additional lending to small and medium enterprises and installing energy efficiency measures in homes, the government said on Tuesday.
About a hundred people showed up at the Plein in The Hague on Wednesday to protest against the plans for gas extraction on Terschelling.
The government will continue to support and encourage electric driving in the Netherlands, even though it is expensive, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs told BNR at the auto show in Amsterdam.
The Dutch Petroleum Company NAM officially apologized for the problems in Groningen caused by earthquakes in a response to the Safety Board report that came out in February.
It is unrealistic to expect that the Netherlands will reach the renewable energy goals in the National Energy Accord for 2020 and 2023 as things stand now.
Dutch pension funds, insurance companies and banks will invest an additional 2 billion euros to provide loans for Dutch small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the next three years, the government announced Wednesday. For this purpose, the Netherlands Investment Institution (NLII) is establishing two investment funds Wednesday.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wants to win back the trust of the Groningen residence after the damage and earthquakes caused by gas extraction. And he will do so by following the recommendations of the Safety Board.
In the coming years the Cabinet is going to invest in ensuring that Dutch homes and business are less reliant on natural gas for heating, instead heating properties with renewable heat or leftover heat.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants clarification from the government on the major power outage that affected large parts of Noord Holland and Flevoland this morning, AD reports. The outage began just before 10:00 and was caused by a technical fault in a power station in Diemen. More than an hour later grid administrator TenneT reported that power would be gradually restored
The Tweede Kamer - lower house of parliament - does not see any insurmountable problems with Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) plans to build three large wind farms on the North Sea. The Kamer has given the go-ahead for the construction, NOS reports.
The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) knowingly took risks by not informing consumers that there were meat products in stores at the end of 2014 that may have been contaminated by anthrax. This is according to activist group foodwatch, based on documents from the NVWA.
According to Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs, VVD), innovative companies such as internet taxi service Uber should not be ignored. He said this on the current affairs program Buitenhof yesterday, NOS reports.
There will be no new measures against bird flu in Barneveld, Gelderland. No trace of avian influenza was found on any of the 17 poultry farm within a kilometer radius of the affected farm, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced.
It will become easier for entrepreneurs to open catering facilities in their shops once a new proposal from Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp is put in place. The relaxed regulation is part of several measures aimed at reducing the large amount of unused retail space on the market, the Ministry of Economic Affairs revealed.
Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) is "very disappointed" that the EU member states could not reach an agreement on protecting net neutrality within the EU, NU reports. This may put the net neutrality in the Netherlands at risk.
21 Groningen municipalities are appealing to the Council of State against Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs, VVD) gas extraction decision, NRC reports.
Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) wants to promote high-speed internet in rural areas in the Netherlands. He wrote a letter to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) explaining the measures he wants to use to accomplish this.