King Willem-Alexander expressed his regret and concern about the United Kingdom's imminent departure from the European Union, speaking to British journalist ahead of his state visit to the U.K. later this month. The Dutch King is particularly concerned about the consequences the Brexit will have for trade between the Netherlands and England, the Guardian and the Independent report.
Eight out of ten still-working millionaires in the Netherlands are self-employed, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. They can mainly be found in agriculture, trade, financial services and business services. 19 percent of still working millionaires are farmers.
This is based on Statistics Netherlands data dated 1 January 2015. On that date the Netherlands counted 106 thousand households with a capital of one million euros or more. About two thirds of these millionaires had work as the main source of income. The rest consists mainly of retirees.
The number of bankruptcies in the Netherlands last year fell to its lowest level since 2008, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. In 2016 a total of 4,396 companies were declared bankrupt - nearly a fifth less than in 2015 and almost 4 thousand fewer than when bankruptcies peaked in 2013.
Last month 328 companies and institutions were declared bankrupt, 88 fewer than in November 2016.
Exit polling in the Netherlands shows that a large proportion of Dutch voters have turned out to say against a trade agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine, but questions remain over the validity of the referendum vote. A law that went into force last year on such ballot measures require a voter turnout of 30 percent to be considered by the government.
Doctors at Bronovo Hospital in Den Haag discharged Queen Máxima after keeping her for treatment and observation over a three-day period, the government’s media office revealed on Saturday. The Dutch queen was diagnosed with a kidney infection while visiting China with King Willem-Alexander and a Netherlands trade delegation.
Ron van Dartel, the Dutch ambassador to Russia, describes the current situation caused by tensions between Russia and the Netherlands and rest of Europe as one of "undesired estrangement". These tensions have caused significant damage to trade and political relations between the Netherlands and Russia.
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.
Melting ice caps can shift trade flows between Asia in Europe in favor of the Northern Sea Route. That would be a beneficial development for the port of Rotterdam, forecast the researchers from the University of Bern.
Dutch software platform AppMachine received a 15.2 million US dollar investment from one of the largest online services providers, Endurance International Group. The investor receives 40 percent of the Heerenveen, Friesland firm's shares in the deal with Endurance having the option to increase share ownership over time, they announced on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit China in March this year with Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment Wilma Mansveld and a representative of the Dutch business sector, the government stated in a release.. The delegation will attend the Boao Forum for Asia held in Boao, Hainan Province.
The Dutch economy is expected to rise in 2015 and 2016; but a more pronounced growth might be hindered by modest global economic expansion.
Yesterday King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in Tokyo and today they were officially received by Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko at the imperial palace.
Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has an appointment with Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, in Brussels today. The PvdA Minister will be interviewing for the position of European Commissioner, a top function, and may become Juncker's second man, the NOS reports.
The number of businesses filing for bankruptcy has dropped 31 percent since May 2013. Last year, there were 800 declarations. In May this year, that number has dropped to 551, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reports.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are going to Poland today and tomorrow as their first state visit. Talks will revolve around trade, and history.
Dutch employers' organization VNO-NCW placed an anti-Wilders advertisement in diverse newspapers in Saudi Arabia today and yesterday. Among others, the papers Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Riyadh and Al-Yaum, ran an ad in which the organization takes distance form the anti-Islam sticker campaign of Geert Wilders, on behalf of Dutch entrepreneurs.
Fishermen from Zeeland are not going out to sea on Monday in protest of low pay, following a similar strike in Urk. Fishing boats from Arnemuiden, Vlissingen, Breskens and Tholen are staying in the docks.
The European Commission has fined a group of four European North Sea shrimps traders a fine of €28.7 million for operating a cartel.
The Netherlands government awarded the Foreign Direct Investment Award to Ms. Li Minyan, general manager of China Certification and Inspection Group Europe, Xinhua News Agency reports.
Lilianne Ploumen, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, has criticized three Dutch textile companies for not signing agreements to provide workers in Bangladesh reasonable wages and safe environment.
Rabobank, the Netherlands’ mortgage lender, could face a fine of €720,000, or about $1 billion, from British and U.S. regulators for the alleged manipulation of Libor and other interbank lending rates, the Financial Times reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.