The Cabinet has signed a deal allowing healthcare insurers to choose whether or not to insure healthcare providers who are not under contract, a law which will be introduced per 2016. Previously, this was mandatory. Coalition parties PvdA and VVD signed with opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, De Volkskrant reports.
After the Dutch municipal elections of March 19, negotiations for the new city government coalitions are ongoing in five local councils. Cities that are still working on an agreement are Amsterdam and Den Haag, and smaller towns Den Helder and Blaricum in Noord Holland, and Zutphen, Gelderland.
A motion for the termination of the treaty has been presented by MP for VVD Anoushka Schut, which Parliament will debate today. The VVD is tired of waiting for the treaty to go, and is ready to be "an icebreaker."
The Cabinet, due to a new accounting calculation method that increases the scope of the economy, is going to spend €500 million on development aid this year.
The parties negotiating the loan scheme for students have agreed that students may keep using public transport for free, according to sources in The Hague. This counts for university as well as college students doing vocational studies, the Volkskrant reports.
The Cabinet is going to pull out €200 to €300 million for a deal between GroenLinks and D66 with a loan system for students. The two opposition parties are demanding that amount to compensate poorer families for the loss of their study grant. The Cabinet hopes to finalize the deal this week.
The D66 received the most votes in the European elections, but the CDA won the most seats. The votes were close, but the D66 won with 15.4 percent, four seats, against 15 percent for CDA, five seats. This difference is explained by the CDA partnering up with ChristenUnie/SGP.
The current results from polls of the European Parliamentary elections of Thursday pin the D66 as the big winner in the Netherlands, while previously expected winner PVV is dropping in perceived popularity.
The state secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven (VVD), wants ankle monitors to be a thing of the past. Sources tell the Telegraaf that the electronic ankle bracelet was part of the austerity plans for the prison system, which Teeven has to put through.
The D66, VVD, SP and GroenLinks are going to see whether they can form a coalition for the Amsterdam municipal council. This was advised by Roger van Boxtel (D66) and Arjan Vliegenthart (SP), who were appointed as advisors last week,
German police agents at controls seem to be sending buses full of asylum seekers, who first traveled through the Netherlands, back to the border. Achim Halkour of the Bundespolizei in Sankt Augustin, who coordinates the border control on the Dutch-German border, says "Then we ask directly in your country to take over these people", Elsevier reports.
The D66 and PVV parties are the biggest frontrunners in the polls for the European elections this Thursday. The D66 is pro-Europe while the PVV is anti-Europe.
The informer's report on the Amsterdam council's formation proceedings, Thom de Graaf, are leading GroenLinks to believe that the D66 were never interested in forming a council with them. The negotiations with the D66, VVD and GroenLinks in Amsterdam never led to anything, and De Graaf will make a new attempt at a council of mayors and aldermen on Tuesday.
All the 100 children who are now in danger of falling outside the child asylum law, will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands. The current demands for the child pardon are not going to be amended in future, however, as this would cause more borderline cases to arise.
Despite a large public battle to relax, or at least modify requirements for children in the Netherlands to be granted asylum, the current government will not take on the issue. The decision was announced by VVD member Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice.
GroenLinks has left the debate table, leaving a space for the D66 to decide whether or not the PvdA is still going to be left out of the city government.
There is growing resistance against the manner in which the cabinet is carrying out the child pardon rule. Child ombudsman Marc Dullaert is taking a step towards the protesters, aligning himself with people's rights organizations and increasingly more mayors who are critical about the rule.
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA proposed that alternatives for big wind turbine farms in the three northerly provinces should get a serious change. They did so during a debate about Cabinet plans for wind energy on land and at sea in the House of Representatives on Friday.
The Cabinet has been approved the health care reform plan that will see a lot more care tasks be transfered over to the municipalities instead of the government per 1 January 2015.
For the first time since 1946, Amsterdam may have to move forward with a city council without the PvdA. Almost a week after a minority agreement of D66 and GroenLinks it seems like all signs are pointing to the VVD, not the PvdA, becoming the third partner in the city council. The parties will publicize their choice for partner before the weekend.
Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.
The cabinet, the coalition and the three opposition fractions agreed Monday on "the contours" of an extra contribution for care.
The so-called 'child pardon' has given 675 young asylum seekers residence permits. This regulation also allows 775 family members to stay in The Netherlands. This is stated in the yearly report from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which Trouw has access to.