Despite the Christmas recess, the Senate will be meeting tonight to discuss further curbing the top incomes in the (semi) public sector.
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.
Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) denies that she threatened to resign if no solution is found for her collapsed healthcare law. She said this on Friday morning in the parliamentary debate on the care crisis.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
The government parties VVD and PvdA will continue their meetings for finding a solution to their conflict over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health, VVD) healthcare plan today. According to the key role players, some progress has been made in the talks so far.
Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.
The PvdA and VVD will continue searching for a solution to the problems that have arisen around Minister Edith Schippers' healthcare plan later today.
A plan to strip the requirement that health insurers reimburse a large portion of medical bills from out-of-network specialists was struck down by the Senate by a five-vote margin. The proposal from Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) mustered 33 votes, with three members of her party’s coalition partner, PvdA, defecting with “no” votes.
The Groningen provincial government has stated that it intends to press a case with the Council of State against the Dutch government if drastic measures are not implemented to reduce gas extraction in the province, the NRC reported Tuesday. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is expected to propose a five percent decrease in gas extraction during a stop in Groningen on Wednesday, which would cost the Netherlands about €500 million in annual revenue.
On Wednesday PvdA Member of Parliament Ahmed Marcouch pleaded for more Moroccan- and Turkish Dutch detectives.
The faction leader of the VVD in Maastricht is saddened by Onno Hoes's departure, but he understands the decision. In the NOS Radio 1 Journaal, Michel Severijns said that Hoes made the decision to leave himself. "He was not put under pressure by the municipality"
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.
Organizing festivals in Amsterdam should be easier, according to political parties D66 and VVD. The parties are aiming to put an end to differences between the districts and authorities by streamlining the process to award permits for city events, Parool reports.
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.
Long-term care for the elderly and disabled is to be redeveloped. Yesterday the Senate approved the Act long-term care (Wet langdurige zorg - Wlz) which guarantees assistance for people who need 24 hours a day care.
The VVD and SP believe that if Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are so dissatisfied with the Netherlands' involvement, it may be better if the kingdom is transformed into a commonwealth.
56 percent of voters consider the integration in the Netherlands "largely or completely failed". This is evident from the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.
The Cabinet wants to get rich foreigners to invest in the Netherlands, but the millionaire migrants stay away.
If the elections were held today, the coalition of the VVD and PvdA would lose the majority in the Senate. This is according to a survey done by EenVandaag.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is working on a protocol to guide people who want to donate organs after their euthanasia.
Acting Mayor Midden-Drenthe Ton Baas (VVD) has said no to 1,400 asylum seekers getting shelter in the Drenthe village of Oranje.
The VVD and D66 want less cut backs on support for security in developing countries. That emerged yesterday during a debate on the budget of Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.