Minister of Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen said the controversial arbitration clause of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is already "dead and buried." She made the comment about the Investor State Dispute Settlement after receiving a petition to boycott the TTIP, a far-reaching trade agreement between the United States and Europe, signed by 110 thousand people in the Netherlands.
The Maastricht University has decided to completely stop the experiment in which dogs were used to test the effectiveness of pacemakers, the University announced in a press release on Thursday.
Thousand of Amsterdam residents want to get rid of beer bikes. Friends of Amsterdam City have set up an online petition for this purpose. The petition, which has been signed by more than 6 thousand people, will be handed to the municipality on Wednesday, NOS reports.
Teachers in secondary education are dismayed by the mistrust evident in Education State Secretary Sander Dekker's plan that the central written exams first be marked by a teacher other than the teacher giving the class. Some teachers have started a petition to stop this plan. The petition already has more than 3 thousand signatures, the Telegraaf reports.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has decided that more research needs to be done on chronic fatigue syndrome - the so-called zombie sickness - at the insistence of patients suffering from this disease. Patient association ME/CFS collected 56 thousand signatures for this purpose.
The horror owl that attacked 50 people in Purmerend will remain in a shelter. Col Lamers, 59, who was the first victim of the owl this year pleaded alongside 1,700 other people for the release of the bird, reports AD. However, according to the municipality, that is not an option.
Alternative taxi company Uber started a petition in order to save its court-banned function UberPOP, the firm writes on their website. The petition drew nearly 10,800 supporters by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and it will be submitted to Infrastructure and Environment Secretary Wilma Mansveld.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan received a petition from some 200 sex workers and sympathizers on Thursday, AT5 reports. The protest was organized by PROUD, the association for sex workers, against the closing of window brothels in Amsterdam
More than 16,000 people signed a petition against the exploration and extraction of gas close to the West Frisian island of Terschelling, the action group GasTvrij Terschelling announced on Sunday.
A large development featuring a 1,500-person capacity mosque has been provisionally approved for construction in Gouda. The letter of intent brings together Islamic center El Wahda, child daycare facility Gemiva and De Ark, a school for children with special needs, the city of Gouda revealed Thursday.
Labour party PvdA has agreed to the proposal of Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, to reduce gas extraction in Groningen by seven percent. The party however wants new scenarios for the future that take the possible further gas reductions in to account.
A call from the Association of Road Traffic Victims to install a black box in every car, is getting a huge amount of support on the internet. More than 25 thousand people have signed a petition for this. The association wants the black box installed so that perpetrators of serious accidents can not "get away with community service".
Representatives of about 70 civil society organizations, including the Consumer Association, health insurers and Abvakabo FNV, delivered a manifesto to the Senate on Monday making their concerns known about the legislative proposal that limits the free choice of doctor.
This morning the staff at the IKEA store in Delft handed out chocolate money to the customers in the store. The recipients of the sweets were asked to sign a petition for a better collective agreement for the IKEA employees.
The Anti Animal Testing Coalition (ADC) reports that 127 thousand people signed the petition against Maastricht University's experiments on Labradors.
Consumer organization Foodwatch wants to stop marketing of food at schools. Food companies should not be allowed to use daycares and schools for their ads. Foodwatch is petitioning for this to stop.
Supermarket chains have been forced to take measures after a broadcast from TROS Radar revealed the desperate situation in slaughterhouses for horses in North- and South America. The programme showed images of horses suffering before they are slaughtered.
The grieving fathers of two girls who died from carbon monoxide poisoning last year have taken to social media to urge authorities to make detectors mandatory.
King Willem-Alexander unexpectedly spoke to protesters during his introductory tour of Bonaire. Just outside the capital Kralendijk a group Bonaireans stood with banners, expressing the desire for a new referendum on the status of the island
The organization for animal protection wants to put an end to the shooting of stray cats.