Tweede Kamer

Feb 11 '15 09:12

Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) has no objection to the municipality of Amsterdam's plan to set up a prostitution business where approximately 50 women can work without a pimp. He said this in response to questions from the SGP in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament), NOS reports.

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Feb 10 '15 14:11

The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will receive a confidential and technical briefing on the agreements made between the tax authorities and the United States coffee chain Starbucks, Secretary of State Eric Wiebes (Finance) promised today.

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Feb 10 '15 12:58

According to a study commissioned by the Longfonds, half of all schools in secondary education in the Netherlands now have a non-smoking school ground.

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Feb 10 '15 11:51

VVD Parliamentarian Klaas Dijkhoff denounced the phantom images raised by opponents that large scale data trawls will soon be conducted in the Netherlands, just like the NSA does in the United states, NU. reports. "The fear exists and people like to call up that feeling, but there is not country in the world where information is dealt with more carefully." he said.

Feb 6 '15 11:46

The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) wants the Data Protection Authority (CBP) to be able to immediately impose fines of up to 800 thousand euros for gross violations of privacy, NOS reports.

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Feb 6 '15 09:35

France is trying to curb Parliamentarians who are actively engaged in ensuring the interests of KLM. Frederic Gagey, head of the French branch of Air-France-KLM, wrote an opinion piece published in Het Financieele Dagblad in which he defends the company and responds to, according to him, the inaccurate perceptions about the company in Dutch media.

Feb 5 '15 15:57

The cabinet submitted a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, in late January outlining the Netherlands priorities for its turn as President of the Council of the European Union in 2016. The three main priorities are a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates jobs and growth through innovation and actively involves citizens and civil society organizations in policymaking.

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Feb 5 '15 11:29

GroenLinks thinks that the gas price should increase, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the party, that is the only way to compensate for the cost of reducing the gas production.

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Feb 5 '15 11:18

Jetro Willems' red card during NAC Breda-PSV has made the call for a video referee in football a reality. The KNVB is reportedly eager to be allowed a trial run.

Henk Kamp
Jan 30 '15 13:53

The Dutch government has no plans to change the amount of gas extracted out of Groningen this year, wrote Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp on Thursday. The current level of 39.4 billion cubic meters was recently introduced to reduce the risk of earthquake, and that will remain in effect for now, according to FD.nl.

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Jan 29 '15 17:34

Parents should maintain the right to advise childcare facilities on pricing, political parties PvdA, CDA and D66 said during a debate session with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher. The debate is about Asscher's new bill that aims to strengthen parents' position in child care.

Jan 29 '15 12:53

Dutch MPs were the intended victims of a phishing scam this week, police in the Hague reported Thursday. An investigation is underway.

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Jan 23 '15 10:04

Almost all the measures against bird flu have been lifted. Secretary of State Dijksma said in the Second Chamber that the only measure that remains in effect is that of indoor confinement. That means that the poultry must remain indoors.

Jan 15 '15 16:05

Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.

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Jan 12 '15 11:57

The parliamentary influence of Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) has reached its low point since March 2014. Throughout the last year, only nine motions by PVV were accepted, just three percent of the motions submitted by the party, according to a Trouw newspaper analysis of data from parliament.

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Jan 5 '15 12:25

New legislation that would put a restrictive cap on the amount of cash bankers may collect in bonuses missed its proposed January 1 start date when last minute questions were asked by senators of coalition leader VVD. The law was previously lauded by coalition partner PvdA, the Dutch labour party, which has been at odds with the VVD after a health care bill failed to pass a Senate vote.

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Dec 30 '14 19:29

Netherlands residents have lodged over 30,000 complaints about fireworks in just six days on the website Vuurwerkoverlast.nl. The site is operating for its third year and went back online for the holiday season less than a week ago.

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Dec 24 '14 12:50

VVD minsters Edith Schipers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) and Stef Blok (Housing) does not want to immediately implement the new law which cuts the top incomes in the (semi) public sectors back to the same amount as a minister salary. According to the ministers, there is not enough time.

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Dec 24 '14 09:11

The three PvdA senators who voted against the healthcare law of Minister Edith Schippers (VVD, Public Health) last week, are demanding that the free choice of doctor remains for everyone. This is written in a letter from Adri Duivesteijn to the Cabinet.

Dec 19 '14 09:32

After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.

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Dec 19 '14 08:12

At 02:42 this morning the Second Chamber established a new record: that of the longest meeting this calender year. And that on the last day before the Christmas recess.

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Dec 17 '14 13:38

Between 78 and 91 percent of cannabis grown in the Netherlands is exported.

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Dec 16 '14 10:46

The first JSF jets will arrive in the Netherlands in 2019, the Cabinet announced last night in a letter regarding the purchase to the Second Chamber. From 2019 the Netherlands will buy eight jets each year, eventually amounting to a total of 37 jets.

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Dec 15 '14 11:47

The Cabinet should inform the Second Chamber about what arrangements the Tax Service has made with multinationals. This is according to an opinion piece in the Volkskrant written by Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Arnold Merkies (SP,) Carola Schouten (ChristenUnie) and Pieter Omtzigt (CDA).

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