Political parties will be stricter in screening potential parliamentarians for the upcoming elections, numerous parties told newspaper AD. They hope to avoid the numerous split offs and scandals that occurred in the current parliament.
Environmental organization Greenpeace will be handing a petition to ban the use of harmful ingredient glyphosate in herbicides to Parliament on Tuesday. The World Health Organization labels this ingredient as likely carcinogenic
PvdA parliamentarian Tanja Jadnanansing will not be returning to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, after the elections 2017. She wants to focus on her true passion - teaching kids and young people
Declining membership numbers at the CDA, PvdA and VVD is leading to financial problems for the parties. Some of these parties complained about the problem, which is approaching a critical point according to members, at the Ministry of Home Affairs. But so far wit no result
Dutch parliamentarians are calling on the government to create a fund specifically intended to pay for the defense of Dutch journalists prosecuted abroad, in countries where freedom of press is under pressure.
Minister Stef Blok of Housing presented three plans for renovating the Binnenhof to the Senate and Parliament on Tuesday. In these three options the renovations will cost between 475 million and 525 million euros. All three options are doable, but option three is more expensive than budgeted
A petition for stricter laws on cyber bullying was singed by over 80 thousand people in less than a day.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is warning Dutch and Dutch-Turkish citizens against visiting Turkey for the time being. The Dutch government can not "guarantee" that they won't get in trouble in the country due to statements made on social media, he said in Parliament on Tuesday
Former parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi resigned from the D66, she and the party announced in a joint statement. Her decision was made in consultation with the party following critique about her sudden departure from Parliament in January to go work on the Hillary Clinton campaign, where she's only done volunteer work so far.
The Dutch government may be forced by the Senate to remove its signature from the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The governing coalition of VVD and PvdA do not have a majority in the Senate, and all other parties seem set to vote for withdrawal from the deal. Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated that the cabinet will make a decision on what to do about the deal in June
The Dutch government is considering closing another two coal fired power plants in the Netherlands, on top of the already agreed upon closure of the five oldest coal plants in the country. The final decision on this will be made in the autumn
Ard van der Steur managed to survive the parliamentary debate on the terrorist attacks in Brussels as the Minister of Security and Justice.
The Netherlands could have acted "more alert and assertive" with regards to Brussels bombers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui. But there was no reason to actively track them down, Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said in answer to parliamentary questions posed to him in preparation to Thursday's debate.
Reports of sexual abuse in schools are increasing, the Education Inspectorate announced on Wednesday. A total of 112 reports were received in the 2014/2015 school year, compared to 86 reports in the previous year. Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by these figures.
Margrite Kalverboer was voted the new Children's Ombudsman by the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday. She got 78 of the 143 votes
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is improving the organization of equipping and arming the police's counterterrorism unit and other specialist police teams. Where possible, he wants to accelerate the ordering and delivery of equipment to the Special Intervention Service, he wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again facing criticism from opposition parties in Parliament, this time over a never-realized cooperation task force between the Netherlands and Turkey aimed at addressing jihadists and foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war
A drone was seen flying within meters of three landing planes at Schiphol airport on Friday. The CDA is demanding stricter rules regarding drone use and a public campaign to explain to people what is allowed and what isn't.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledges that misinforming Parliament about the origin of American information on the El Barkaoui brothers could have political consequences. He called the situation "very annoying", but believes that his resignation will "benefit no one", he said
The information the Netherlands received from the United States regarding the El Bakraoui brothers did not come from the FBI, but from the New York police, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to Parliament.
The lower house of Dutch parliament wants only sustainable, zero-emission cars to be sold on the Dutch market from 2025. If the parliamentarians have their way, no new diesel or petrol cars will enter the Dutch market from then.
A few days before the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week the FBI gave the Dutch police information about the criminal and radicalized background of brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament.
Exactly a week after three suicide bombings in Brussels, the Dutch Parliament will debate the issue with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice. The debate is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was extradited from Turkey to the Netherlands in July last year, but the Netherlands did not know he was suspected of being a terrorist. The Turks did report El Bakraoui's flight, but only in an electronic note sent to the Dutch embassy, and not with the usual phone call, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to Parliament on Thursday.