Udo Kock resigned as the Amsterdam alderman for finance and economic affairs with immediate effect. In his letter of resignation to mayor Femke Halsema, Kock said that he cannot accept responsibility for the solution that the office of mayor and aldermen decided on for the problems at waste and energy company AEB, AD reports.
Airbnb has been suspended from the Amsterdam Economic Board’s Network Council and is in jeopardy of being terminated from the Board altogether. The site is accused of refusing to reduce the number of days that homes can be rented from 60 days to 30 days a year – the current vacation rental limit in Amsterdam – as the Board has requested. As of July 22, Airbnb was suspended as a member of the Network Council.
The economy in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region is expected to grow by 2.8 percent this year and 2.3 percent in 2020, according to the region's economic exploration. While the expected growth is lower than the 3.4 percent growth the region saw last year, the Amsterdam region is still one of the three fastest growing regions in Europe, together with Prague and Warsaw, NU.nl reports.
The Amsterdam city council approved a ban on guided tours in the Red Light District. The ban will be implemented on January 1st, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam will ban guided group tours along the window brothels in the Red Light District, the city announced in a press statement. The municipality is currently working out how to legally implement the ban.
The negative impact a no-deal Brexit will have on trade and economy will cost the Amsterdam region at least 1 billion euros gross, finance alderman Udo Kock wrote in a letter to the city council, the Telegraaf reports.
The GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam partially relented on its plan to remove all I Amsterdam letters in the Dutch capital. Only the letters on Museumplein must go. If the residents of Nieuw-West and Zuidoost want to keep their I Amsterdam letters, the party will not ignore their wishes, AT5 reports.
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Region developed strongly after the financial crisis and will continue to do so in the coming years, according to the Economic Outlook Metropolitan Region Amsterdam 2018 that the city of Amsterdam published on Wednesday. The city attributes the region's success to its "diverse and open economy in which both large and small companies can grow".
Last year 143 new international companies opened offices in Amsterdam. In the next three years, these companies are expected to create 2,700 new jobs in the Dutch capital. International companies already established in Amsterdam also expanded over the past year, creating over 4,100 new jobs, the city of Amsterdam announced in a press release on Thursday.
Almost all political parties in Amsterdam are in favor of extending the new Noord-Zuid subway line to Schiphol, and later further into Haarlemmermeer, was revealed during the first municipal election debate in Pakhuis De Zwijger on Monday. The debate focused on Schiphol and the harbor, Haarlems Dagblad reports.
Next year Amsterdam is investing 425 million euros into the city, Finance alderman Udo Kock announced with the city's budget for 2018 on Wednesday. Amsterdam is investing in solving budget problems in various parts of the city, security measures, the work brigade, dealing with teacher shortage and art in public space.
A group of Amsterdam residents marched through the Kinkerbuurt on Thursday night to protest against the gentrification of Amsterdam West and the problems caused by tourism, Het Parool reports.
They carried banners and megaphones, shouting slogans like "Amsterdam, not for sale!" and "Who's city, our city!". The procession stopped at various locations, including at Jan Pieter Heijestraat, where there are plans to build a long-stay hotel with apartments, instead of housing.
Amsterdam is investing millions into better managing the ever increasing number of people in the city, both residents and visitors, and into improving quality of life in the city, Finance alderman Udo Kock announced with the publication of the city's budget plans for 2017.
Dozens of tour boats will be banned from the Amsterdam canals as of January 1st, 2020. Licenses and permits were redistributed in what responsible alderman Udo Kock considers a successful action. Affected operators are furious. They call the redistribution a "slaughter" that will cost them millions and likely leave them bankrupt, the Volkskrant reports.
Amsterdam is increasing tourist taxes in the fight against crowds in the city. According to D66 alderman of Finance Udo Kock, this measure will not only deter "budget tourists" - people visiting the city on a low budget specifically for things like stag parties - but also bring in millions of euros to the city treasury, Het Parool reports.
On average, Amsterdam residents will spend less on municipal taxes next year, according to the city's budget for 2017 that Finance alderman Udo Kock presented on Wednesday
The speed limit for boats on the Amsterdam canals is being lowered from 7.5 kilometers per hour to 6 kilometers per hour as of January 1st, 2017
The municipality of Amsterdam closed 2015 with a positive financial result of 27 million euros, according to the annual financial statements the mayor and aldermen presented on Wednesday. The municipality attributes the positive results partly to the improving economy and the city's growth
Dutch municipalities need hundreds of millions of euros more than the Government is offering them to house and successfully integrate refugees in their cities, according to the four large Dutch cities.
It will take years for Amsterdam to get its financial affairs in order, according to Finance alderman Udo Kock.
An Amsterdam official and his wife were both arrested for a "sophisticated" scheme involving fraud, forgery and embezzlement of millions of euros from the city. The municipality, prosecutor and police are involved in an ongoing investigation into the plot, the mayor's office said in a statement.
The municipality of Amsterdam is considering experimenting with a new way to control the overgrown population of fallow deer in the Waterleidingduinen - by sending them to a new home in the Rodopen national park in Bulgaria.
Amsterdam is investing in education and poverty as agreed by coalition parties D66, VVD and SP.
This is evident from the budget for 2015 that was presented by alderman Udo Kock (D66).
€32 million extra is available for Amsterdam schools and an extra €20 million for the fight against poverty. The waste levy decreases with 15 million euro.