The Cabinet and Parliament have approved plans for hospitals to start making profits, which will be paid out to investors, such as pension funds. This plan from Minister Edith Schippers of Health received support from governing parties VVD and PvdA, as well as D66.
The PvdA in the Senate does not agree with Minister Ivo Opstelten's strict soft drugs policy, and will not cooperate on it. Senator Ter Horst wants the Minister to choose one region to test his idea of regulating and certifying marijuana cultivation for coffeeshops, an idea that the Minister has been against in favor of tackling criminality and nuisance instead.
The VVD believes that every two weeks of holiday for those on welfare must be preceded by six months of job hunting. The liberal party is now trying to constrict holiday rights for those living off the state.
Health care insurance companies have been afforded a new policy option in which they only pay for specialist care or psychologists which are under contract with them. This policy can be cheaper for insurers, and will be introduced in 2016.
Today, the Cabinet made the official move to stop the controversial planning for a 'super province'. The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland already divided Cabinet parties. Thursday's talks on the issue ran to a dead end.
The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland into one big super province, Noordvleugel, is losing speed every day, according to sources of De Volkskrant. The Cabinet will likely scrap the idea entirely at the end of the week, as political opinions on this topic are not flexible.
A coalition agreement has finally been reached between centrist election winners D66, the VVD conservative party and the Socialist Party in Amsterdam, said Amsterdam D66-chairman Jan Paternotte on Twitter this morning. For the first time since World War II, the leftwing PvdA will be in opposition on the Amsterdam City Council.
Minister Asscher of Social Affairs is going to press Morocco in September that the social security agreement has to be amended, and that action on the agreement is running out of time, the NOS reports.
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.