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.
On July 15th last year, an employee of the Belgian embassy in Ankara informed the Netherlands that Ibrahim el Bakraoui - believed to be a bomber in the Brussels terrorist attacks on Tuesday - was deported from Turkey to the Netherlands, NRC reports based on sources in The Hague.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will be observing a moment of silence followed by a commemoration for the victims of terrorist attacks in Brussels at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon
The VVD wants to get rid of university and college study programs that have little prospect of employment. The party wants all courses to be assessed on usefulness and necessity once very few years, parliamentarian Pieter Duisenberg said
In 2014 the PVV was the parliamentary party with the highest financial deficit. In that year the party spent 300 thousand euros more than it had, according to the parliamentary parties' audit reports for 2014
A group of scientists are calling for fishing bans in parts of the North Sea in an open letter to Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment and State Secretary Martijn van Rijn of Economic Affairs
PVV leader Geert Wilders statements calling for "fewer Moroccans" in The Hague during an election campaign in 2014, made his party less effective in the Tweede Kamer. Since the statements, fewer PVV motions get a majority vote
Submarines are absolutely crucial to the Dutch Defense force, because with out them the Netherlands would have to depend on other countries for intelligence gathering, according to the military intelligence service MIVD.
Dutch mayors and aldermen will ask for training on how to deal with aggressive, angry and violent citizens during a debate in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday. Officials already receive such training, but given the escalation in the asylum debate, city councils feel the need for it too
After much grumbling and arguing, the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - agreed to let Prime Minister Mark Rutte go to a summit in Brussels to negotiate a deal with the Turks on a joint approach to the refugee crisis
There was no concrete plan to attack parliament on Budget Day last year and no extra security measures were taken, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Tuesday directly refuting a report published earlier in the day by the Telegraaf newspaper.