Cabinet threatens to bypass senate if revised health reforms not backed

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst is Reuters’ sportswoman of the year

The ruling VVD and Labour parties have reached a compromise deal to amend controversial health insurance reforms which were rejected by Labour senators earlier this week. The new look bill will be debated again in both houses of parliament but if it is again rejected in the senate, ministers will use a procedural trick to bypass the senate and enact the bill anyway, website reports. The...  More >

PostNL must help regional competitors: ACM

PostNL told to give regional competitors access to its network Postal delivery company PostNL must continue to give regional business post companies access to its network of delivery points, sorting offices and delivery workers, the Dutch consumer association ACM said on Friday. The ACM based its preliminary decision on an analysis of the postal market, and said PostNL cannot differentiate between post from its own clients and its competitors. The ACM says regional providers are important because as competitors to PostNL, they allow business companies to benefit from better service and lower costs. However, they are dependent on PostNL for deliveries outside their own network. PostNL is the only company with a nationwide network, the ACM said. Postal companies now have six weeks to react to the ACM's position before it publishes its final recommendations.  More >

Vitesse thrash Ajax 4-0 in KNVB Cup

Vitesse thrash Ajax 4-0 to move forward in KNVB Cup A 4-0 thrashing by Vitesse of Arnhem at home put Amsterdam football club Ajax out of the KNVB Cup on Thursday evening. Ajax coach Frank de Boer told Fox TV after the match his team had had an off day. ‘There were eight or nine players who should have been substituted,’ he said. ‘Vitesse deserved to win. There was not one second that we were part of the game... we gave the goals away and we created no chances.' The quarter finals take place at the end of January between Roda JC or PSV against Excelsior, FC Groningen against Vitesse, SC Cambur against cup holders PEC Zwolle and FC Twente against AZ of Alkmaar.  More >

Air France-KLM issues third profit warning

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst is Reuters’ sportswoman of the year Dutch-French airline KLM-Air France issued a third profit warning on Thursday, saying it expects pre-tax and interest earnings to be €200m lower than stated at its previous revision in October. KLM said at the beginning of this year it expected its ebitda earnings to be €2.5bn, but reduced this to €2.2-€2.3bn in July and again by €500m in October, because of the impact of the pilots strike. The new downward revision is due to continuing losses on long-haul flights and the continuing impact of the pilots strike. In addition, the airline cannot fully benefit from falling oil prices because of long-term fuel contracts, KLM said. According to Bloomberg, KLM will also push back planned plane deliveries in an effort to contain costs.  More >