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.
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.
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.
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.
Between 78 and 91 percent of cannabis grown in the Netherlands is exported.
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.
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).
Because more and more people report crimes over the internet, about half of all full-fledged police stations will close in the next ten years.
Henk Krol will remain in the Second Chamber for 50Plus. His party colleague Martine Baay will not return due to illness.
Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is in trouble because of a conversation with her American colleagues about the JSF. In this conversation Hennis made an agreement with the US government about the price of the device, NOS reports.
A highly disconcerted Magda Berndsen of political party D66 has challenged Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to start assisting police investigate recent street assassinations. The Member of Parliament expressed concern, suggesting that Minister Opstelten does not have his priorities in order.
A majority of the Second Chamber wants to get rid of electoral alliances in elections. After several years of campaigning, VVD Parliamentarian Joost Taverne today received sufficient support for his argument that a vote for a party is not supposed to end up with another party.
The government formation of 2012, for the first time outside of the head of state, had "transparency" and is "worth repeating". This is according to a committee that evaluated the last government formation by order of the Second Chamber.
PVV leader Geert Wilders told the national Police today that he meant every word of the "fewer Moroccans" statements he made during an election day rally on March 19. The controversial politician also cited American activist Martin Luther King jr. in Wilders' own fight against what Wilders calls the "Moroccan problem."
To the surprise of the VVD, the PvdA does not want to extract any shale gas in the Netherlands until the end of this term of government. PvdA leader Diederik Samson announced this during a debate in the Second Chamber last night.
The Cabinet wants to get rich foreigners to invest in the Netherlands, but the millionaire migrants stay away.
The Cabinet does not support the construction of a new ring road around Eindhoven. The Second Chamber does not want to give any money for the new ring road, which is also known as the Ruit.
"The Netherlands has become completely "Islamized'. The Muslims have settled down here, and made the Netherlands their home. They are growing, at our expense", said PVV Parliamentarian Machiel de Graaf with a sneer during debate in the Tweede Kamer.
The Dutch Police have arrested over 110 human trafficking offenders in the last six months. The tackle on human trafficking is therefore "effective", wrote Justice Secretary Fred Teeven in a letter to Tweede Kamer on 24 November.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) may soon have the power to hand out higher fines and in more cases.
State Secretary Fred Teeven refuses to bring additional Syrians to the Netherlands, thereby ignoring the wish of the Second Chamber. The VVD Minister points out the the immigrant shelter is already overflowing.
The arrival of migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe has caused the displacement of Dutch employees in a number of industries. It is cheaper for employers to hire staff through foreign companies as they often don't have to pay social insurance or make pension contributions.
Sex workers who work without a contract with the government will soon have the tax authorities after them. State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance made this promise in a letter to the Second Chamber.
Nursing homes that do not offer proper care for the elderly, will have to deal with sharper inspection supervision. Directors of institutions that repeatedly provide poor care, will be addressed earlier. If there are no improvements, another health care institution will take over.