The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, adopted a motion that will allow kids in public schools to refuse participating in religious acts during a school trip to a religious institution like a church, mosque or synagogue. Parents can apply for an exemption for their kids, the motion states, RTL Nieuws reports.
Despite fierce resistance from opposition parties, a narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer supports the government's plan to abolish the advisory referendum. There will also be no referendum on this abolishment, AD reports.
Dutch food safety authority NVWA is facing fierce criticism in the Tweede Kamer on Thursday. The parliamentarians have nothing good to say about the NVWA's actions in dealing with millions of Dutch eggs being contaminated by toxic insecticide fipronil. In summary, the MPs accused the NVWA of not communicating well, not responding adequately to an anonymous tip about the contamination and having an inadequate setup to deal with such a crisis, NU.nl reports.
Dutch parliamentarians are shocked that a court ordered a Hague school to pay compensation to a mother whose kids missed the class photo. The kids missed the class photo because it was taken during Eid al-Adha, and the court ordered the school to pay their mother 500 euros in compensation.
Volunteers for Christian party SGP packed 30 thousand eletronic candles in the center of The Hague on Tuesdsay night, one each for the 30 thousand abortions per year. The candles burned for one hour, RTL reports.
The candles were placed so that the number 30 000 could be read from the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
Reports that Salafist Muslims may be buying the former ROC school in Rotterdam, has parliamentarians outraged. Numerous parliamentarians are demanding a quick explanation on exactly what is going on wit the sale of the 7 thousand square-meter educational institute.
Parliamentarians who split off from their faction should no longer be entitled to financial support for hiring support staff, according to a report by a Tweede Kamer work group tasked to assess the current regulations around split-offs by parliament's daily management
Christian parties in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) are against Minister Bussemaker's (Education, Culture and Science) plan to deploy 160 advisers to help ethnic and religious groups in the acceptance of homosexuality, Trouw reports.