Tweede Kamer

Jun 24 '15 15:35

One in five reported crimes are never investigated by the police, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday based on their own research. Members of parliament are shocked. The CDA wants a debate on the issue.

Jun 23 '15 10:11

The ABN Amro IPO will cost much more than what Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The minister wants to keep the cost of supervising the IPO under 1 percent, but this is not realistic.

Jun 22 '15 10:06

The majority of Dutch citizens - 57 percent - want cigarettes to not be visible in stores, according to a survey by TNS NIPO. Store owners are already required to keep tobacco out of sight in Canada, Ireland and England.

Prison Cells
Jun 18 '15 08:43

The plan to have prisoners pay 16 euros per day for their incarceration, will very likely not go through. The plan does not have enough support in the Eerste Kamer, Senate.

Jun 17 '15 12:01

Sources close to the secret cabinet negotiations on a package of tax reforms say that the government is planning to increase sales tax on many goods and services to generate an extra five billion euros in revenues, according to the NRC. The cabinet wants to raise the tax to balance out an effective cut in income tax for many living in the Netherlands.

ABN Amro
Jun 17 '15 09:19

ABN Amro is ready for an IPO, CEO Gerrit Zalm said to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Tuesday night. According to him, the IPO is a "logical development" - the bank is financially in order and moral lessons have been learned.

Jun 16 '15 16:15

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called for an end to the derogatory use of the word “Jew” with regard to fans of Amsterdam football club Ajax. Many of the team’s fans often refer to themselves as “The Jews,” even though the club has no historical association with Jewish organizations or Jewish athletes.

Jun 16 '15 14:45

Standard male or female gender information may soon disappear from government documents. The idea is advocated by the both the right and left wing parties making up the ruling coalition, the VVD and PvdA.

Jun 16 '15 10:40

Preventative measures such as screening has reduced the mortality rate for cervical cancer by 50 percent in the past 25 years. The mortality rate for breast cancer has been reduced by 30 percent.

Jun 15 '15 11:23

According to CDA leader Sybrand Buma, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is spreading a "disturbing perspective on democracy" because he does not want to disclose the plan for the tax reform to parliament.

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Jun 12 '15 11:29

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice sees no facts or circumstances to abandon the construction of the new large mosque in Gouda. According to him, this is a local, ongoing process and there is no reason for the Cabinet to intervene.

Jun 11 '15 10:59

The PvdA is advocating for better quality control on cannabis as an interim solution now that the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has voted against legalizing its cultivation.

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Jun 11 '15 09:29

More than 200 top chefs have sent a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, asking the parliamentarians not to agree with the plans to put further bans on recreational hunting.

Jun 8 '15 08:19

Ruling political party VVD wants to have a blacklist set up to prevent so-called hate imams, preachers who incite hatred or violence, from preaching in the Netherlands. The majority of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, supports this notion, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jun 5 '15 11:45

PvdA State Secretary Martin van Rijn managed to survive another parliamentary debate on the issues surrounding the healthcare personal budgets and he is now motivated to get the problems sorted out. Van Rijn promised to give personal budget payouts the priority as long s the system is not functioning properly, adding that the problems will likely continue until next year.

Syrian refugees
Jun 4 '15 12:31

The family reunification process for asylum seekers' family members who were left behind in dangerous countries is too slow, according to VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and the refugee families.

Jun 4 '15 11:51

Slightly more than half of the Dutch population want battery farm chicken to come to an end. Many Dutch people think it is great that businesses and civil society organizations make agreements on humane and sustainable chicken, even if this means that chicken is more expensive.

For Rent
Jun 4 '15 09:53

Rent prices for most social housing will increase less sharply from next year. Aedes, the association for housing corporations which represents about 90 percent of the corporations in the Netherlands, and Woonbond, the association for tenants, have reached an agreement to increase rents with less than the current legal maximum.

Jun 3 '15 14:33

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is investigating whether it would be possible to have imams coming to the Netherlands from abroad take a course on the Dutch language and society.

Jun 3 '15 09:45

From last year the Cabinet has spent 1.5 million euros extra on the security of Jewish institutions. Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice does not know whether more will be spent on this, but it is a possibility.

Jun 3 '15 08:40

Two thirds of the 11 thousand doctors in the Netherlands have had enough of the unending amount of administrative work they have to deal with every day for the health insurance companies. They feel this takes time that they could have spent with patients and that something must be done.

May 27 '15 14:23

About a hundred people showed up at the Plein in The Hague on Wednesday to protest against the plans for gas extraction on Terschelling.

Syrian refugees
May 27 '15 13:03

The Cabinet is generally positive about many aspects of the European Commission's plan for asylum seekers, but still have some questions they want answered.

May 27 '15 08:29

The renovation of the royal palace Huis ten Bosch is becoming much more expensive than was announced last year. The renovation was estimated to cost 35 million euros, but the actual amount now appears to have run up to about 60 million euros, RTL Nieuws reports based on sources close to the cabinet.


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