The strict bonus policy in the Netherlands' financial sector, which includes a limit on bonuses, seems to be effective, according to the first assessment of the policy. So far there is no negative impact on the Dutch economy, business climate and competitiveness, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance wrote to parliament on Tuesday
The Dutch cabinet wants to repair the purchasing power of elderly people and people living on welfare benefits, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Friday. "We want the elderly and people depending on benefits to also come out above zero and not lag behind the rest of the Netherlands, Dijsselbloem said
The Dutch state sold Propertize, SNS Reaal's real estate division, for 895.3 million euros to investment company Lone Star and JP Morgan Chase, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in a letter to parliament. The deal still has to be approved by some supervisors
SNS Bank will remain in Dutch government hands for a while longer. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem decided to postpone a decision on the bank's IPO until after the elections next year. This means the future of the bank will be in the next government's hands
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is on the defensive again, this time about his Ministry's budget. Opposition parties wants more money to go to the judiciary this year and in parliament the Minister received harsh criticism on his policy, but he is adamant that no extra money is needed.
State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance is thinking about lowering the corporate income tax rates in the tax plan for next year, he said at a tax advisers conference on Tuesday. The tax advisers are advocating for lower corporate income tax so they can remain competitive internationally
Both the French and Dutch government agree that Air France and KLM should not pass their problems to the other, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said to the Council of Ministers on Friday. Dijsselbloem spoke to his French counterpart on Thursday and he agrees that "the problems of one company can not be solved by beating a hole in the other", the Dutch minister said
There are possibilities for the next government to make another 50 billion euros in cuts, according to the "menu" the Ministry of Finance sent to all political groups in parliament in strict confidence, but the Volkskrant managed to get hold of.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem thinks that Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb should immediately present himself as candidate for leadership of the PvdA, he said to RTL Z. Last week the Rotterdam mayor said that he would run, but only if current leader Diederik Samsom does not.
The lower house of Dutch parliament mostly approves of the agreements the Euro-countries reached on debt relief for Greece, NU.nl reports after talking to the parliamentary parties.
The Netherlands is investing in the startup and scale-up ecosystem in the country. Next year the government is investing 50 million euros, partly into relaxing the rules for the customary wage scheme for new companies and partly into startups and small and medium sized businesses themselves, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs and State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance announced on Tuesday.
In 2015 the Netherlands' national debt decreased for the first time since 2006. Last year the national debt was 10 billion euros lower than in 2014. And the country's budget deficit is at its lowest rate since 2009, according to the accountability documents sent to parliament on Wednesday
The government faced fierce criticism from the Court of Audit on Wednesday. There are "serious deficiencies" at the Tax Office, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security and Justice, Court president Arno Visser said at the presentation of the accountability documents for 2015 in parliament,
The introduction of a new law for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands is already having effect on freelancers - large companies no longer want to hire them, BNR reports based on documents in its possession. The companies asked not to be mentioned by name.
With elections only 330 days away, the Dutch coalition of VVD and PvdA are meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance will need to find a way to deal with 2.5 billion euro shortfall
Dutch municipalities need hundreds of millions of euros more than the Government is offering them to house and successfully integrate refugees in their cities, according to the four large Dutch cities.
Telecom companies that offer mobile handsets on installment now have to comply to the same rules as "normal" credit suppliers, including applying for a license with the Authority for Financial Markets, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wrote to Parliament on Wednesday
Finance State Secretary Eric Wiebes is calling on tax evaders to turn themselves in to the Tax Authorities. And to give them some encouragement to do so soon, the fine imposed on tax evaders who turn themselves in will double as of July 1st. "The longer you wait, the more expensive it gets", Wiebes said.
State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance wants to get rid of the Royal Dutch Mint, which has been struggling with financial problems for years. He will soon submit his plan to the Council of Ministers and then inform the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament
The Tax Authorities must ensure that no citizen miss any messages, including those who can not or do not want to communicate digitally, according to the National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen in a report presented to the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday
The Dutch government rushed the transition from the Tax office's blue envelope to email and thereby overwhelmed the public, according to National Ombudsman Reineir van Zutphen in a report on the matter
The some two million people who still need to file their tax returns, have a few extra days to do so. State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance decided to extend the deadline from March 31st to April 4th
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wants an extra 2 billion euros for the armed forces in the coming years, to bring the Netherlands up to the average spent by other European NATO countries, she said on radio program Kamerbreed on Saturday.