Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is pushing to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050, according to a 'Green Deal' he and European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen will present on Wednesday. The package of measures will overhaul the entire European legislation, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.
The European Union's policy on air quality led to much cleaner air in the Netherlands, according to a study by public health institute RIVM. Without the European measures implemented since the 1970s, air pollution in the country would be much higher and the average life expectancy in the Netherlands would be about six years lower, the RIVM said.
A large shipment of stem cells will be slowly and carefully transported from Leiden to Amsterdam, under police escort, on Wednesday. This is expected to cause some inconvenience for motorists on the A4 highway, where at least one lane will be closed, a spokesperson for blood bank Sanquin told NU.nl.
The transport will start around noon, the spokesperson said.
The nursing departments of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam are being transferred to a new building on Friday. A total of 80 patients will be transported - in their beds - from the old location Daniel den Hoed in Rotterdam Zuid to the new building on 's-Gravendijkwal in the city center. Seriously ill patients will be transported by ambulance, NU.nl reports.
American company Hyperloop One plans to have the first Hyperloop connections up and running by 2021. The company is considering dozens of routes fr the high-speed transport system worldwide, including in the Netherlands, Het Parool reports.
On Tuesday the company presented nine possible European routes in Amsterdam. The routes were devised by the semi-finalists of a route competition the company had. The Netherlands route includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Arnhem and Lelystad.
Dutch Hyperloop startup HARDT opened its own test facility in Delft on Thursday. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment unveiled the Hyperloop test tube, the first of its kind in Europe. And while this structure is intended to test Hyperloop facilities at lower speeds, the 30 meter long tube could pave the way for transport at speeds over 1 thousand kilometers per hour, partner BAM said in a press release.
The TU Delft students who recently won a SpaceX Hyperloop competition in the United States with their Hyperloop design and prototype, are continuing their work as startup company Hardt. Dutch railway company NS and investment fund Uniq decided to give the group financial support by each investing 300 thousand euros into the startup, RTL Nieuws reports.
The GiGi, a fully electric scooter that can fold up to be the size of a suitcase, is hitting the Dutch market. According to the manufacturers, the GiGi is the first foldable electric scooter in the world
The mood among Dutch entrepreneurs was upbeat and positive at the start of the second season. Businesses in the Netherlands continue to recover from the financial crisis, including small- and medium sized enterprises.
European Minister of transports made agreements on having Europe ready for self-driving cars on all public roads by 2019 during meetings in Amsterdam this week
Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure wants new European rules for self-driving vehicles. She would find it nice if Europe can remain ahead of the United States on this field and will push for it at an Informal Transport Council meeting in Amsterdam next week, she said in an interview with AutoWeek.
From 2017 fast electric bikes will be required to have a licence plate. Riders will also have to wear a helmet, though a full-face helmet will not be required. A lighter and more breathable sports helmet will be acceptable
Closing internal borders in the European Union will cost the EU 100 billion euros per year. And export dependent countries like the Netherlands will be hit the hardest, according to a report by the European Parliament's research department which will be published on Tuesday
The Ministry of Defense wants to reduce its use of fossil fuels like oil and gas by 70 percent in 2050. Increased dependency on more fuel cause problems during operations, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert writes in her Operational Energy Strategy
The newest invention in Dutch transportation looks like a cross between a skateboard and a Segway. The Oxboard was released last week.
Here follows a list of all the changes in law for this year, broken down into their relevant categories, according to statements released by the Dutch government, and compiled by the NL Times. As 2015 was ushered in across the Netherlands, 63 new laws and rules changes also came into effect. Amongst these are a minimum wage increase, changes to rules regarding temporary and permanent work contracts, a hike in cigarette taxes, a drop in the maximum allowable mortgage, a bumped up retirement age, and a rise in train costs.
Households will spend an average of 25 euro less on their energy bills next year.
National rail firm Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) announced Tuesday that bathrooms will be installed on Sprinter trains across the Netherlands by mid 2021, nearly four years earlier than previously expected. State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment Wilma Mansveld wrote that installation of the toilets will begin in the first quarter of 2018 and involve 131 trains.
One month after Air France-KLM announced its intention to invest one billion euros into its budget subsidiary Transavia, French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies has announced the project's cancellation. The withdrawal comes in response to a sustained ten-day strike by Air France pilots, which stranded thousands of passengers as the airline suffered flight delays and cancellations.
Due to the mild weather this year, there was less CO2 emissions in the second quarter than a year ago. According to figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) Netherlands, emissions dropped with 0.9 percent, NU.nl reports.
A data leak which exposed personal details such as names, addresses and bank account numbers of national public transportation card users has since been fixed, the card's management team said. The problems were first reported over the weekend, and they were patched up on Tuesday, a spokesman for Trans Link Systems told De Telegraaf.
Military planes will transport the bodies of 74 more victims of the MH17 plane crash from Ukraine to The Netherlands today. The planes are expected at airport Eindhoven at around 4 p.m.
The second pair of military aircrafts are leaving Charkov in East-Ukraine today, bringing dozens more bodies of the victims from the MH17 crash to The Netherlands. One Dutch and one Australian plane will arrive around 4 p.m. in Eindhoven with 74 coffins.
Schiphol is putting €90 million into an entirely new airport in Lelystad, which will serve to help lessen the congestion at the main airport.