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Thursday 31 January 2013

Queen's Day in Amsterdam can combine with inauguration: mayor
The traditional Queen's Day celebrations can go ahead in Amsterdam on April 30, as well as the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander, the capital's mayor Eberhard van der Laan said on Thursday.

Dutch house price drop third biggest in EU since crisis began
Spain and Ireland are the only two countries in Europe where house prices have fallen more sharply than in the Netherlands over the past four years, according to Dutch national statistics agency CBS.

Children's author and poet is new Dutch Poet Laureate
Anne Vegter has been appointed the new Dichter des Vaderlands, or Poet Laureate, replacing Ramsey Nasr who has been in the role for four years.

Ajax hoping for revenge in Dutch cup quarter final against Vitesse
Amsterdam football club Ajax takes on Vitesse of Arnhem in the last quarter-final of this season's Dutch Cup competition on Thursday night.

Den Bosch mayor apologises to footballer over monkey chants
The mayor of Den Bosch has written an open letter to AZ striker Jozy Altidore, who was subjected to racist chanting during Tuesday's Dutch cup match in the city.

Everton pull out of Leroy Fer transfer from Twente
Dutch international Leroy Fer will not now be moving to English football club Everton after problems arose during his medical.

Shell profits hit by oil prices
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell booked net profit of $27bn in 2012, down from $28.6bn in the previous year.

CVC is leading group to rescue SNS Reeal: Financieele Dagblad
British venture capital group CVC Capital Investment is leading the consortium which is in rescue talks with Dutch financial services group SNS Reaal, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Thursday.

Gangster's sister settles inheritance question with justice department
The sister of the Netherlands’ most notorious gangland figure, Willem Holleeder, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the justice ministry about ransom money paid following the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken by her brother and husband in 1983.

New efforts in the Netherlands to take Máxima's father to court
New efforts are being made in the Netherlands to ensure Jorge Zorreguieta, the father of princess Máxima, faces legal proceedings in connection with his role in the Argentine military junta in the 1970s.

Queen Beatrix celebrates 75th birthday
Beatrix's final official portrait as queen. Photo RVD Queen Beatrix celebrates her 75th birthday on Thursday, just four days after announcing her decision to step down from the throne on April 30.

Refugee children in the Netherlands move home once a year
The children of asylum seekers move home on average once for every year they are in the Netherlands, according to a new report by refugee groups.

Building sector crisis may continue until 2018, 27,000 more jobs to go
A further 27,000 jobs at least will go in the building sector over the next two years, according to construction economic institute EIB.

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Convent thief only gets part of a €250,000 religious artifact
The thief who tried to steal a rare and valuable religious artifact from the Catharijn convent museum in Utrecht on Tuesday only got away with part of the object, police said on Wednesday.

Cut drug prices for rare diseases, minister tells pharmaceutical firms
Drugs companies must cut the price of medicines for two rare diseases to 'acceptable levels' to ensure they remain in the basic health insurance package, health minister Edith Schippers said on Wednesday.

Den Bosch football club regrets racist chants at Jozy Altidore
The director of football club FC Den Bosch said on Wednesday he was deeply ashamed of the racist chanting by a small group of supporters during Tuesday night's cup match against AZ of Alkmaar.

Five professional football clubs still in danger zone
Five of the Netherlands 35 professional football clubs are still in the financial danger zone, the football association KNVB said on Wednesday.

Minister pledges to investigate net effect of spending cuts on income
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has pledged to investigate the cumulative effect of government spending cuts on spending power ahead of this September's budget presentation.

European court ruling means 111 psychiatric prisoners may be released
Some 111 people currently held in secure psychiatric clinics may have to be released when their four-year detention is up because of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, according to justice ministry research.

Shell Nigeria ordered to compensate farmer over pollution
Oil giant Shell's Nigerian subsidiary has been ordered to compensate one Nigerian farmer for damage caused to his farm by oil pollution by a court in The Hague.

American firm Advent completes takeover of pharmacy group Mediq
American investment group Advent International has completed its takeover of Dutch pharmacy and pharmaceutical supply group Mediq.

Ernst & Young commissioned to investigate match fixing in Holland
The health and sports ministry has commissioned Ernst & Young, together with two professors, to investigate reports of match fixing in Dutch sport, free newspaper Spits reports on Wednesday.

Efforts to improve maternity ward cover at night pay off
Efforts to improve maternity services in Dutch hospitals during evenings and nights appear to have paid off, with infant mortality rates now showing no difference with daylight hours, according to medical magazine Medisch Contact.

Warm weather records broken, wind causes flight delays
The warm southwesterly winds blowing over the Netherlands have brought record temperatures with them for the time of year, the KNMI weather bureau said on Wednesday.

The Netherlands second on press freedom rankings
The Netherlands has risen to second place behind Finland in rankings on the freedom of the press, drawn up by organisation Reporters without Borders.

Transport ministry sat on critical railway report for seven months
The transport ministry sat on a highly critical report about rail operator ProRail for seven months, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Change of monarch a party for everyone 'within budgets', says PM
A celebration for everyone. Photo Novum The inauguration of king Willem-Alexander will be a wonderful party which all Dutch people can celebrate together, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday.

New alarm system to be tested on Monday
The new national mobile phone alarm system, NL-Alert, will get its first test next Monday, the justice ministry said on Tuesday.

Cito test questions for sale on internet
The questions for all three days of this year's nationwide primary school tests are for sale for €450 on the internet sales site Marktplaats.nl, according to the NRC.

Three life sentences as four-year gangland killing trial closes
The four-year trial of 10 men and one woman accused of involvement in at least seven gangland killings ended on Tuesday with three of the defendents sentenced to life imprisonment.

PostNL reaches agreement with union members
PostNL said on Tuesday union members have voted in favour of the pay and conditions agreement reached with the unions last December.

Handicapped employment quota plan under VVD fire
The new cabinet’s plan to bring in a quota system to force firms to employ more handicapped workers needs to be revised, MPs from the ruling VVD Liberal party say.

Job centres forecast fewer jobs for 2013
The state-run benefit agency and job centre organisation UWV said on Tuesday it is expecting the number of jobs in the Netherlands to fall by 85,000 this year.

Plaudits for queen, predictions for king: What the papers say
The papers are fulsome in their praise for the queen and positive about the roles prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima will play as future monarchs.

Railway men blame manufacturer for Fyra debacle
The head of Belgian Railways (NMBS) told Monday's hearing into the high-speed train debacle that his company twice refused the Fyra trains built by Italian company AnsaldoBreda.

CSM books 2.5% increase in turnover
Food group CSM on Tuesday announced a 2.5% rise in turnover for the fourth quarter - up €52m to €854.7m.

Philips sells the last of its consumer electronics
Philips has finalised the sale of the last of its consumer electronics operations to Japanese firm Funai, generating €150m.

Airline KLM to launch budget service
Airline Air France-KLM is launching a new low-cost service under the name Hop!, by merging the group's three existing budget companies.

Minister wants earthquake risk through gas extraction lowered
Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has told people in Groningen they will be given more clarity on the risk of strong earthquakes as a result of gas drilling within ten months.

King Willem-Alexander will have an inauguration not a coronation
Willem-Alexander and queen Beatrix wave to the crowds. Photo: Novum Queen Beatrix’s decision to hand over the throne to her eldest son may have historical significance, but the actual process and ceremony is very simple.

Monday 28 January 2013

The queen's abdication speech in full
Queen Beatrix broke the news of her abdication in a short speech. This is an unofficial translation.

Crown prince Willem-Alexander: the first Dutch king in 123 years
Willem-Alexander, the Netherland’s first king since 1890, will be 46 when he ascends to the throne on April 30.

Queen Beatrix to stand down, the Netherlands will have a king
Queen Beatrix is to stand down on April 30, 33 years to the day after her coronation. The queen is abdicating in favour of her son Willem-Alexander, who will be 46 on April 27.

Queen Beatrix abdicates after 54 state visits and five prime ministers
Queen Beatrix and prince Claus at the coronation in 1980. Photo: RVD Thirty-three years after her coronation, after 54 state visits abroad and having lived through five prime ministers, queen Beatrix is stepping down.

Queen Beatrix to address the nation tonight; is she abdicating?
Queen Beatrix is to address the Netherlands on television and radio at 19.00 hours on Monday, the state information service RVD said.

Parents of bullied suicide make formal complaint about documentary
The parents of a 20-year-old youth who committed suicide because he was bullied are to make a formal protest to the Dutch press complaints commission following a Vara radio documentary about the death.

WhatsApp breaks privacy guidelines, says Dutch-Canadian research
Popular text message and photo-sharing service WhatsApp violates international principles on safeguarding personal data, the Dutch and Canadian public privacy offices said on Monday.

Princess Mabel to join royals in Austria for skiing break
Princess Mabel and her two daughters will join the rest of the royal family on their traditional winter holiday, a year after her husband Friso was seriously injured in an avalanche.

Iceland wins Dutch compensation battle over Icesave guarantees
Iceland has won its legal battle to avoid paying back the Dutch and British governments for money paid to savers who lost out when internet bank Icesave went bankrupt.

Scrap the criminals' favourite €500 note, say Labour MPs
The €500 note should be scrapped because it is mainly used by criminals, Labour politicians say in Monday’s Telegraaf.

SNS Reaal studies 'significant share issue'
Financial services group SNS Reaal issued a statement on Monday saying it is exploring various scenarios to ensure a ‘comprehensive solution' to reduce credit risks at its troubled Property Finance division.

FNV chief accuses cabinet of sidelining unions in reform talks (update)
Ministers are frustrating the involvement of unions and employers in discussions about reform, Ton Heerts, leader of the FNV union federation says in Monday's Volkskrant. 

Dutch laboratory opened on Antarctica
A Dutch research laboratory, where scientists will study the effects of climate change, has been formally opened on Antarctica.

Eindhoven attack video: Belgian youths urged to come to Holland
Eindhoven mayor Rob van Gijzel has called on the parents of five Belgian teenagers caught on security camera beating up a 22-year-old man to encourage their offspring to 'voluntarily extradite themselves' to the Netherlands.

Insurance will soon rise with theft risk, predicts car crime group
The drivers of cars which are popular with thieves will soon find themselves paying higher insurance premiums, a foundation charged with combating car crime predicts in Monday's Telegraaf.

Gold for first time Dutchman in world speed skating sprint
Dutchman Michel Mulder took the World sprint speed skating title in Salt Lake City this weekend, in his debut turnout in the competition.

PSV hold premier division lead as Ajax, Twente fail to win
PSV Eindhoven lead the Dutch premier division after main rivals Twente and Ajax both failed to produce wins in this weekend's football action.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Smoking is back on the political agenda, as MPs back total cafe ban
Smoking is back on the political agenda in the Netherlands, now opposition party ChristenUnie plans to make a new effort to have smoking banned in all cafes and bars.

Councils charge up to €1,000 to scatter a loved one's ashes
Dutch local councils charge wildly differing fees to have the ashes of loved ones scattered following a cremation, according to television consumer show Kassa.

Earthquake risk is 'manageable and acceptable' says gas group
People in Groningen think the company in charge of natural gas extraction in the northern province are not doing enough to compensate households for damage caused by earthquakes.

Former MPs find it hard to get a job
More than half the members of parliament who either quit politics or lost their seat at the 2010 and 2012 general elections are still without work, according to research by current affairs show Nieuwsuur.

Cold snap officially over
Piles of ice are forming close to the lighthouse on Marken in the Ijsselmeer Twelve days of continuous frost officially ended on Saturday evening, when the temperature at the De Bilt weather station rose to 0.4 Celsius.

Friday 25 January 2013

Dutch cabinet backs EU plan for photos on cigarette packets
The Netherlands backs European plans to include shocking photos on cigarette packets in an effort to discourage smokers, deputy prime minister Lodewijk Asscher told reporters after Friday's cabinet meeting.

Two stolen Kunsthal paintings recovered, say Romanian media
Unconfirmed Romanian media reports say two of the seven paintings stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum last year have been recovered.

Skaters out in force as thaw looms
Clearing snow from the ice in Noord-Holland. Photo Martijn Zwennes Tens of thousands of skaters took part in organised skates around the country's lakes and waterways on Friday as they rushed to make the most of the good weather.

Five suspects in the Eindhoven video attack are sent home
Five of the eight youths arrested in connection with an attack on an Eindhoven man which was captured on security camera were released from custody on Friday.

Use of direct debit cards soars
Dutch consumers used their direct debit cards almost 2.5 billion times last year, a rise of 8.3% on 2011.

Solution for SNS Reaal within days
A solution for the financial problems facing banking and insurance group SNS Reaal may be found within a week to 10 days, a spokesman said on Friday.

Russian activist suicide 'a great tragedy', says queen Beatrix
The suicide of a Russian activist in a Dutch deportation centre is a 'great tragedy' but a complicated case, Nos television reports queen Beatrix as saying.

The Netherlands can learn from Singapore, says Dutch minister
The Netherlands can learn from the positive mentality of people living in Singapore, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on Friday, the last day of an official visit to the Asian country by queen Beatrix and a trade delegation.

Dutch degree courses with selection double in one year
Dutch universities and hbo colleges plan to select students for double the number of degree courses in the next academic year, according to education ministry figures.

One in five MPs fails to declare outside interests
One in five of the 150 MPs in parliament is not meeting official rules on declaring private interests and other sources of income, the AD reports on Friday.

Scheveningen pier up for public auction
Scheveningen pier is to be sold at a public auction, the official receiver dealing with the bankrupt property said in a press release.

Research into letterbox companies is biased, say critics
Research being carried out by lobby organisation Holland Financial Centre into the role of tax deals and letterbox firms in the Dutch economy will not be independent, critics of the current system say in Friday's Volkskrant.

MPs heading for Fyra hearing in Brussels ignore the train
MPs planning to attend Monday's hearing in Brussels into problems with the Fyra high-speed train service between the Netherlands and Belgium plan to take the car, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

Parents most value honesty in their children: Trouw survey
Ministers may be calling for parents to do a better job of raising their children to respect authority, but the readers of newspaper Trouw do not think obedience is a significant issue, according to a small survey.

Thursday 24 January 2013

Eindhoven attack video: all youths arrested, but should they be named?
All eight youths caught on security camera kicking and hitting a man in Eindhoven have now been arrested, Belgian police said on Thursday.

'Youth's suicide note which caused media storm may not exist'
There are real doubts about whether the dramatic suicide note left by a Dutch youth and reprinted in his newspaper death notice actually exists, according to Vara journalist Bert Molenaar.

Half of very premature babies in the Netherlands now survive
New rules introduced in the Netherlands in late 2010 have had a marked effect on the survival rates of very premature babies, the NRC reports on Thursday.

A country must be able to leave the eurozone, Dutch PM repeats
Prime minister Mark Rutte has again said it should be possible for a country to leave the eurozone.

A record 11.7 million foreign tourists visited the Netherlands in 2012
German, British and Belgian nationals dominated the record 11.7 million foreign tourists who visited the Netherlands last year, according to new figures from the tourist and convention board NBTC.

Consumer spending drop reaches three-year low
Dutch household spending shrank by 3% in November, compared with the year earlier period, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

'Health insurers should have say over long-term psychiatric care'
Health insurance companies should be asked to approve what sort of further treatment patients with long-term psychiatric problems get, the health insurance council says in leaked recommendations.

Amsterdam fashion week kicks off, with record number of shows
Part of the People of the Labyrinths collection The catwalk shows staged as part of Amsterdam Fashion Week kicked off on Wednesday evening with shows by students from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and long-established Dutch design team People of the Labyrinths.

Thaw to set in on Sunday
Preparations are being made for the outdoor marathon championships on Friday. Photo: Novum Warm air is being forced in the direction of the Netherlands by a deep depression and the thaw will set in on Sunday, weather forecasters said on Thursday.

Road and rail projects may be sacrificed to meet spending cut targets
A number of road-widening and other infrastructure projects are likely to be cancelled because of government budget cuts, the AD reports on Thursday.

Reduced rail services continue because of weather, passengers are fed up
Dutch Rail is continuing to operate reduced services throughout the country because of the wintry weather, but passenger complaints are mounting, Nos television says.

Only the poorest early retirees will get help with pension gap
Only people with an income of less than 150% of the minimum wage will be eligible for compensation because of the rise in the state pension age, the government has confirmed.

Hospital safety must improve drastically for patients: report
Improving patient safety in hospitals has become a top priority for the safety research institute Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Dutch coalition divided on Cameron's speech on Europe: FD
The two Dutch coalition parties are divided in their response to British prime minister David Cameron's speech on Europe, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday afternoon.

Arrests outside Dutch embassy in Moscow
Eight people have been arrested outside the Dutch embassy in Moscow during a protest about the suicide of a Russian activist in a Dutch refugee deportation centre, Nos television reports.

Bankruptcies reach record level
The number of personal and company bankruptcies rose 18% last year to  11,235, compared with 2011, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Rotterdam police join art theft investigation in Romania
Two Rotterdam detectives and a public prosecutor are going to Romania to help with the investigation into a major art theft at the city's Kunsthal museum last year, the NRC reports.

Unilever turnover tops €51bn
Food to detergent group Unilever boosted turnover last year by some 10% to over €50bn for the first time.

Mass goose gas plan cancelled
Plans to gas hundreds of thousands of geese in the Netherlands in an effort to stop damage to crops have been put on ice, Trouw reports on Wednesday.

Golf courses 'are not country estates'
One in four golf courses in the Netherlands is wrongly benefiting from tax breaks on country estates and nature, one MP has claimed.

'Drastic action on SNS is imminent'
Drastic intervention at troubled financial services group SNS Reaal is on the cards, political and financial sources have told the Telegraaf.

Education ministry to produce bullying protocol in March
Junior education minister Sander Dekker is drawing up a plan to help schools better deal with bullying, following two high-profile suicides by teenage victims.

Patients need better information on healthcare quality: MPs
Patients should be able to get proper information about the quality of the hospitals and doctors they use, including details of criminal convictions and serious complaints, a majority of Dutch MPs say.

Multinationals, and French state companies, use Dutch tax deals (update)
The biggest 100 multinationals in the world pushed at least €57bn through the Netherlands using Dutch tax deals in 2011, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Three arrested for Kunsthal art theft in Romania, say local media
Romanian media report that three people have been picked up in connection with last year's multi-million euro theft of paintings from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum.

The Dutch throw away ten million slices of bread a day
The Dutch throw away one out of every five slices of bread they buy each day, which amounts to around ten million slices, according to new research.

1.1 million pensions will be cut in April, says central bank
Around 75 Dutch corporate pension funds will have to reduce pay-outs this year, and 40 of them will have to make a further cut in 2014, the central bank said in its latest report on the pension sector on Tuesday.

Finance ministry looks into possible fraud at SNS property arm
Special investigators from the finance ministry's fraud office are looking into 'possible criminal offences' with regard to property projects carried out by SNS Reaal's Property Finance unit.

Frya enquiry will be held on Monday - in Belgium
The joint enquiry by the Dutch and Belgian parliaments into the the problems surrounding the Fyra high-speed train service will be held on Monday in the Belgian senate in Brussels.

Judge bans man from social media after campaign against ex
A judge in Noord-Holland has ordered a man to destroy his pages on Facebook and Hyves and close down his blog, after he continually attacked his ex-partner on social media sites.

Dutch euro group chief Dijsselbloem will keep everyone in the eurozone
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, elected leader of the EU euro group on Monday evening, says he is not in favour of ejecting any countries from the eurozone.

Arrests as police raid trailer park in marijuana hunt
At least 19 people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the trade of marijuana at a trailer park in the north of Eindhoven, Nos television said on Tuesday.

Dutch finance minister Dijsselbloem heads euro group - What the papers say
He’s only been Dutch finance minister for a few weeks but now Jeroen Dijsselbloem is going to lead the euro group into battle against the crisis. What the papers say.  

Two youths report to police after video of attack by gang goes viral
The gang walk down the street, as seen on the security camera footage. Source: Omroep Brabant Two youths aged 15 and 17 have reported to the police after security camera footage showing a gang of eight young men beating up a man in Eindhoven went viral.

Eneco and Mitsubishi partner up on wind turbines
Dutch energy company Eneco and the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation have agreed a partnership to develop wind turbine parks in the North Sea.

The Hague and former colony Curacao make a new start
Tensions between the Netherlands' government and former colony Curaçao have eased following a meeting between home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk and the island's new prime minister Daniel Hodge.

Retail group Macintosh to close some 10% of its stores
The Macintosh Retail Group is planning to close 110 shops, of which the bulk will go in the Netherlands.

Dutch super trawler applies to become a floating freezer
The Dutch super trawler the Abel Tasman, refused permission to fish in Australian seas, has applied to become a floating freezer.

KPN says consumer mobile operations at a 'critical stage'
Telecoms group KPN is to cut back on its consumer activities, which involves slashing its workforce, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.

Women muscle in on male crime
The number of women involved in violent crime has doubled over the past 16 years, reports the AD, using figures from the Free University and Amsterdam University.

Opposition calls for parliamentary enquiry into Fyra high-speed trains
Opposition MPs are calling for a full-blown parliamentary enquiry into the problems surrounding the Fyra high-speed train service, the AD reports on Tuesday.

Dutch finance minister confirmed as Eurogroup leader
Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem was confirmed as the new president of the Eurogroup on Monday evening. He succeeds Luxemburg's Jean-Claude Juncker, who is stepping down after eight years.

Monday 21 January 2013

High-speed train service Fyra problems 'due to political choices'
The problems with the Fyra high-speed train service from Amsterdam to Brussels are as much to do with politicians as with the train manufacturer and railway operators, according to the main Dutch railway union chief.

Mother of dead Russian activist asks queen Beatrix for help
The mother of a Russian activist who killed himself in a Dutch deportation centre last week has written to queen Beatrix asking for the monarch's help to find out what happened to her son.

House price drop slows slightly
House prices fell by 6.3% in December 2012, compared with the previous year, slightly down on the rate of decline recorded in November.

More younger men work part time
The percentage of men with a part-time job in the Netherlands has risen from 12% in 2001 to 17% last year, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

PSV defender suspended for three games for aggression
Football club PSV Eindhoven has agreed to a three-match suspension for defender Erik Pieters for his aggressive behaviour after being given a red card during Friday's game against PEC Zwolle.

Wind and snow scupper hopes of Elftstedentocht skating race
The weekend's strong winds and snow have probably put paid to hopes of staging the classic 200 km Elfstedentocht skating race, Nos television reports on Monday.

Hunt resumed for missing skater, two die in road accidents
The bad weather is thought to have caused two accidents in Groningen on Monday morning, in which two people died.

The Netherlands has lost trust in its business and political leaders
Just one in 10 of of the Dutch population believe business leaders and politicians tell the truth when confronted by a difficult question, according to a new survey out on Monday.

France backs Dutch finance minister to head euro group
France has now given its formal backing to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s candidature as chairman of the influential euro group.

More people are emigrating from the Netherlands
Nearly 400 people a day leave the Netherlands to live in another country, a 'sharp increase' on a year ago, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

Queen Beatrix on state visit to Brunei
A laughing Beatrix with sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Photo: Novum Queen Beatrix began a two-day visit to Brunei on Monday in what is her 53rd official state outing.

Dutch striker Sneijder finalises move to Galatasaray
Dutch striker Wesley Sneijder is poised to sign a 3.5 year contract with Galatasaray, the Turkish club said on its website.

Most roads reasonably clear, but weather warning remains for the north
Sunday’s snowfall led to problems with Monday’s rush hour traffic being largely confined to the north, news agency ANP reported.

Over one million bikes were bought last year, but that's down 13%
The number of new bikes in the Netherlands fell 13% in 2012 as the economic crisis and lower consumer confidence took their toll.

Sunday 20 January 2013

Snow and strong winds lead to train and flight cancellations
Snow and strong winds brought disruption to the roads in central parts of the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon. Rail services were also disrupted and dozens of flights cancelled.

Justice ministry to investigate suicide of Russian activist (update)
Justice ministry officials are to investigate the suicide of a Russian dissident in a Dutch deportation centre, junior justice minister Fred Teeven said at the weekend.

Dutch food safety body joins 'horse in British burgers' investigation
The Dutch food safety authority is looking into reports that several Dutch firms are involved in the British ‘horse meat in burgers’ scandal, the Telegraph reports.

Snow in most parts on Sunday, weather warning in Limburg
Snow will move into the south of the Netherlands on Sunday morning and spread to all but the far north during the day, according to the KNMI weather bureau.

Saturday 19 January 2013

Rabobank cycling team used epo from 2006: NRC
The knock-on effect of the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal continues to be felt in the Netherlands, with the NRC reporting on Saturday that doping was widespread in the professional cycling team sponsored by Rabobank.

Money to boost nursing levels 'spent on managers'
Millions of euros allocated by the previous government to boost staffing levels for care of the elderly was actually spent on managers, management training courses and software, the AD reported at the weekend.

Second banned Dutch doctor working in Germany
A second Dutch doctor banned from praticising medicine in the Netherlands has been found working at German hospitals, according to German media.

Otter arrives in Flevoland
An otter has been spotted in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland, the forestry commission said at the weekend.

British EU exit would be bad for EU and Britain: Dutch PM
It would be extremely serious if Britain leaves the European Union, prime minister Mark Rutte told a radio show on Friday evening.

Health authority to investigate overcharging by hospitals
The Dutch healthcare authority NZa is to carry out research into the size of bills charged by some doctors and hospitals for simple operations.

Friday 18 January 2013

Belgium suspends Fyra high-speed train services pending review
Belgium's rail safety body has banned the Fyra high-speed train service from operating on Belgian tracks until rail company NMBS can prove the service is reliable, according to Dutch media reports on Friday.

Dutch, Belgian parliaments demand answers on high-speed chaos
Dutch and Belgian parliamentary transport committees plan to hold a joint session to get to the bottom of problems with the high-speed train service Fyra between Amsterdam and Brussels.

Educational psychologist arrested on 12 child abuse charges
A 58-year-old educational psychologist from Haarlem is in custody on suspicion of abusing children in his care between 2004 and 2011, the public prosecution department said on Friday.

Drenthe shows zero tolerance for deer and boar
Nature groups in Drenthe are furious at plans by the provincial authorities to shoot all wild deer and boar crossing into the province.

Ministers to press on with scrapping student grants
The cabinet is to press ahead with its plans to phase out student grants, despite the lack of support in the upper house of parliament, RTL news reports.

Minister denies calling for pay rises to boost the economy
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has denied calling for pay rises to boost spending power and the economy, as reported by the Financieele Dagblad on Friday.

Russian activist kills himself after Dutch asylum failure (update)
A Russian opposition activist has been found dead in the Netherlands after being refused political asylum, the Dutch justice ministry confirmed on Thursday.

Government funds Markermeer island project
The government is putting €30m into a plan to develop new islands in the Markermeer lake, north of Amsterdam.

Fyra services cancelled because of snow damage
The high speed train service between Amsterdam and Brussels remains cancelled on Friday after ice damaged three Fyra trains on Thursday.

Ice still very unsafe, skating body warns
The KNSB on Friday warned skaters to beware of thin ice, particularly in areas where snow has covered potential weak areas.

British prime minister cancels Amsterdam speech
British prime minister David Cameron on Thursday night cancelled plans to give a major speech on Europe in Amsterdam because of the Algerian hostage situation.

Thursday 17 January 2013

Dijsselbloem to outline his views on the eurozone on Monday
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is to outline his own vision of the future of the euro on Monday, Nos television reports.

Court warns mother not to use daughter to try to stop eviction
Legal efforts made on behalf of a nine-year-old girl to prevent her and her mother from being evicted from their home have failed, news agency ANP reports on Thursday.

More organ donations carried out in 2012
The number of people undergoing organ transplants in the Netherlands went up last year, in what is hopefully ‘the start of a long-lasting trend’, the Dutch transplant foundation said on Friday.

KPN shares rise on AT&T takeover speculation
The share price of Dutch telecoms group KPN rose sharply in Amsterdam on Thursday following speculation it may be an AT&T takeover target.

Speculation starts about 200 km skating race as big freeze continues
With the heavy frost set to continue for at least another week, skating fans have begun to speculate about the possibility of an Elfstedentocht, the gruelling 200 km skating race around the 11 cities of Friesland.

Dutch jobless rate hits 7.2%
The official Dutch unemployment rate rose to 7.2% in December, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Kidnapped foster children found in Bosnia
Bosnian police have found two Dutch children who were kidnapped in the Netherlands last year and arrested their former foster parents.

'ASML chief executive earned €11m last year'
ASML’s chief executive Eric Meurice earned almost €10m last year from cashing in options and share-related bonuses, according to an investigation by the Volkskrant.

Parents should do a better job raising their kids, says minister
Parents should do a better job in raising their children to regard violence as unacceptable, home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk says in Thursday’s Telegraaf.

ASML expects slow start to 2013
Chip machinery maker ASML booked net profit of €1.1bn last year on turnover of €4.7bn, in what was its second best year ever.

Dutch supplier central in British horse meat scandal
Products from the Netherlands and Spain would appear to be the source of the ‘horse meat in burgers’ scandal which has hit the UK and Ireland, according to Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney.

Pensioners, families with children hardest hit by spending power drop
Almost everyone will have less money to spend this year, the fourth year in succession spending power has gone down, according to the family spending institute Nibud.

Immigrants send €1.5bn home every year
Immigrants in the Netherlands send at least €1.5bn every year to family members in their country of origin, according to new figures from the Dutch central bank.

France wants clarity on Dutch minister's eurozone vision
The expected appointment of Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem as chairman of the influential euro group is likely to be delayed because France wants more information about his vision for the eurozone.

Some 3,500 people called on mortgage guarantee last year
Some 3,500 households were last year forced to make a call on a special mortgage guarantee scheme to pay off the debt when they were forced to sell their homes at a loss.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Dutch farm produce exports reach new record
The export of Dutch farm products reached almost €80bn last year, a new record, agriculture sector organisation LTO Nederland said on Wednesday.

Hofstad terror group grenade thrower to get prison leave
Convicted Dutch terrorist Jason Walters, who has spent eight years in jail for throwing a hand grenade at police, will be allowed out on supervised leave after all, junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Wednesday.

International community needs to act fast on Mali: foreign minister
The Netherlands is keen to see the speedy establishment of a European training mission for Malian government soldiers, foreign minister Frans Timmermans said in a briefing to parliament.

Dutch Labour party warns prime minister on British PM’s speech
Dutch Labour MPs have urged prime minister Mark Rutte not to ally himself too closely with his British counterpart when David Cameron makes a major speech on Europe in the Netherlands on Friday.

'Brussels blocked rescue plan for troubled SNS Reaal' (update)
MPs from the ruling VVD Liberals and Labour party (PvdA) have refused to comment on reports that Brussels has blocked a potential rescue bid for struggling financial services group SNS Reaal, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

CGI is latest IT company to call for pay cuts
CGI has become the latest IT company to ask staff to take a pay cut and wants all 3,500 workers to agree to a more flexible pay system, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

Over-50s are the main victims of internet dating fraud
People over the age of 50 are most likely to be the targets of dating site-based cyber criminals, RTL news reports on Wednesday.

As rush hour gears up, motorists warned about slippery roads
Although most roads have now been cleared of snow, motoring organisations are warning motorists to beware of icy roads during Wednesday’s morning rush hour.

The right-wing VVD were the big winners of coalition formation
The right-wing Liberal VVD emerged from the cabinet formation process more strongly than the Labour party (PvdA), according to an analysis of the new government’s plans.

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Fewer children leave school without a diploma
The number of children leaving school without a diploma has fallen again, according to education ministry figures.

Slap on wrist for police chief who says traffic fines are too high
The police chief who said traffic fines are too high was slapped down on Tuesday afternoon by justice minister Ivo Opstelten.

Weather bureau reconsiders warning system
The KNMI weather bureau is to amend the criteria it uses for weather warnings following criticism that no warning was given about Tuesday morning’s snow.

Christie's to limit auctions in the Netherlands to paintings only
Global auction house Christie's on Tuesday announced it will auction only paintings from its Amsterdam location and will reduce the number of auctions each year from 20 to seven.

KPN starts 4G mobile internet roll-out in Amsterdam
Telecoms group KPN is to introduce launch subscriptions for its next generation mobile internet network from next month, the company said on Tuesday.

Snow blankets most of the Netherlands, bringing transport chaos
All but northern parts of the Netherlands were blanketed by snow on Tuesday bringing chaos to the roads and public transport.

Traffic fines are too high: police chief
Traffic fines are too high and that makes police officers reluctant to write out tickets, the new police commissioner for West-Brabant/Zeeland told broadcasting company Omroep Brabant on Tuesday.

New redundancy rules will hit older staff
Plans to reduce golden handshakes and make it easier for companies to sack staff will hit older workers particularly hard, according to the Dutch personnel officers' organisation NVP.

Bankruptcies rise in childcare sector
Cuts in the childcare budget led to six times as many bankruptcies of childcare centres last year compared with 2011, the Algemeen Dagblad reports, using figures from the Chamber of Commerce.

Some 500,000 geese need to be culled
The Netherlands will have to slaughter over 500,000 geese over the next few years in an effort to get their numbers under control and stop damage to crops, Trouw reports on Tuesday.

Fairground safety inspectors accused of taking bribes
A large number of fairground attractions in the Netherlands have not been properly inspected for years, according to a report in the Telegraaf.

British prime minister to deliver EU speech in the Netherlands
Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is to deliver a major speech on Europe in the Netherlands on January 18, his press office has confirmed.

Holland retains its triple-A rating
The Netherlands has kept its triple-A rating although the economic outlook remains negative, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

Consumers warned on 'financial advice subscriptions'
Consumers have been warned not to take out unnecessary 'subscriptions' for advice offered by financial advisors.

Turkish airline crash in 2009: altitude meter repaired 16 times
Crucial equipment on a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 which crashed near Schiphol airport in 2009, killing nine people, had been found to be defective 16 times in the year before the accident, transport minister Wilma Mansfeld has told parliament.

Polish pay trick loophole must be closed, says minister
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher is to work with trade unions and employers' organisations on closing a loophole in the law allowing Dutch staffing agencies to bring cheap workers from eastern Europe into the Netherlands.

Long traffic jams, cancelled train services as snow chaos hits
Drivers are being warned to stay at home and train services have been disrupted following overnight snow across most of the Netherlands.

Monday 14 January 2013

CPB boss will leave at end of contract term
Coen Teulings, director of the government's macro-economic forecasting agency CPB, is to leave the organisation at the end of his seven-year term in May.

Snow to fall on Monday evening as the big freeze continues
Heavy snow will fall in the south of the Netherlands overnight, with up to 10 cm expected in Zeeland, weather forecasters said on Monday.

Ready for action: 250 Nedcar car workers become volunteers
Some 250 workers from the Nedcar car plant in Limburg are to start volunteering for local healthcare organisations, schools sports clubs and neighbourhood groups while they wait for the plant to re-open next year, news agency ANP reports.

No charges for driver who killed two students lying in the road
A motorist who ran over and killed two students who were lying in the road in the wake of a pop festival, will not face charges, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

Fundamentalist Christian party to allow women MPs - on paper
The fundamentalist Christian party SGP is to change its rules so that women are no longer automatically excluded from standing for political office, the party says on its website.

TNT's takeover by UPS collapses on EU objections, share price plummets
American courier company UPS has called off its planned merger with Dutch peer TNT Express because of objections from Brussels, TNT said on Monday.

Public health institute investigates radiation in Dutch homes
Some 3,000 households are taking part in a major investigation into the presence of radon and thoron gas in the Netherlands.

Beer drinkers are 'victims' of brewer-based monopolies: report
The Dutch competition authority should ensure beer companies can no longer stop cafe and bar owners from selling beer from their competitors, according to a new report.

The Dutch take five of six titles at European allround skating
Dutch skaters took five out of the six medals at this year's European allround speed skating championships this weekend.

The Netherlands backs French action in Mali
The Netherlands backs the French intervention in Mali, saying it is necessary to halt the increase in Islam-based terrorism in the African country.

New Year fireworks make 23 people blind in one eye
Fireworks let off during this year's New Year celebrations led to 23 people becoming blind in one eye, the Dutch eye specialist association NOG said on Monday.

Train drivers slam 'unsafe' decision to increase station speeds
Plans to increase the speed at which trains are allowed to drive through stations where they are not stopping are 'a danger to life', railway unions said on Monday.

Sunday 13 January 2013

The Netherlands is 'unaware' of British PM's EU speech plans
The Netherlands is unaware that Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is to deliver a major speech on Europe in the Netherlands on January 22nd, the Mail newspaper reported at the weekend.

Saturday 12 January 2013

Gambling addiction was caused by Parkinson's medication: court
A man from Rotterdam who became a gambling addict after taking drugs to control Parkinson's disease may be entitled to compensation, a Dutch court has ruled.

Families should take on more care tasks for relatives, says minister
Families should take more time to help their relatives who need extra care, junior health minister Martin van Rijn told a television talk show on Friday evening.

'Polish pay trick dupes both workers and the Dutch state'
At least two Dutch staffing agencies in Poland are using loopholes in the law to bring cheap Polish workers to the Netherlands to pick fruit and vegetables, a local council official in Westland has claimed.

Friday 11 January 2013

Labour party chairman calls for action on internet hate mails
Labour party chairman Hans Spekman has made a plea for an offensive to improve the way people react to each other on the internet, after receiving a stream of hate mails.

Apeldoorn football club AGOVV leaves professional game
Apeldoorn football club AGOVV is out of the Dutch professional football competition after being declared bankrupt on Tuesday.

Fewer mergers and acquisitions last year
The number of mergers and acquisitions registered by the social and economic council SER was down 5.5% last year at 400.

Former minister Verhagen picks up several advisory jobs
Former economics affairs minister Maxime Verhagen has been appointed a special adviser to the VDL Groep, just months after he helped ensure the Eindhoven-based industrial company could take over the Nedcar plant in Limburg.

Official figures on car petrol usage and pollution in doubt
Cars use an average 35% more fuel than the manufacturers claim, and those which are said to be most efficient are among the worst offenders, according to research carried out on behalf of Nos television.

Public broadcasters to cut sport, amusement and human interest shows
The Dutch public broadcasters will reduce their spending on sport, amusement shows and human interest programmes in order to meet new government spending targets, the NRC reports.

Daan and Emma are the most popular Dutch childrens' names
Daan and Emma have hung onto the top spot in the social insurance bank's annual ranking of most popular Dutch childrens' names.

Simpler income tax rules lead to extra premiums for some firms
Hospitality, cleaning, retail and healthcare companies will be faced with sharply higher wage bills this year, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Friday.

Dutch special effects expert nominated for Oscar
Dutchman Erik-Jan de Boer has been nominated for an Oscar for the special effects he devised for film Life of Pi.

Catholic priest drops plan to pin up photos of church leavers
A Dutch Catholic priest who planned to 'name and shame' people leaving the church by pinning their photos up in public has decided not to go ahead.

Thursday 10 January 2013

Mild winter comes to an end, two weeks of frost ahead
The Netherlands has not had such a mild winter since records began at the Bilt weather station in 1901, weather bureau Weerplaza.nl said on Thursday.

Prosecutors speed through New Year arrest cases
Over half of the 723 people arrested for vandalism, attacking the emergency services and other offences during the New Year celebrations have already had their cases dealt with via the fast-track legal system, Nos television reports.

Football linesman death: court dates set
The seven people arrested in connection with the death of an amateur football linesman at the beginning of December will appear in court over the next two weeks, RTL news reports.

Estate agents see a further 5-7% drop in house prices
House prices will fall a further 5% to 7% this year, following a drop of 6.7% in 2012, the real estate agents' association NVM said on Thursday.

Shoe shop chain Schoenenreus in financial trouble
Budget shoe retail group Schoenenreus has filed for court protection from creditors, citing falling sales and competition from online shops.

Government to underwrite Rotterdam Youth Olympics bid
The Dutch government has agreed to provide financial guarantees for the Rotterdam 2018 Youth Olympic bid in an effort to bring the event to Europe for the first time.

Dutch finance minister poised to get top EU job, but what's in it for us?
Just a few weeks into the job and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem seems set to be parachuted into a top EU finance post, as chairman of the euro group.

Inter Milan accepts offer for Sneijder but will he make the move?
Inter Milan have accepted a bid from Turkish club Galatasary for Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, the BBC reports on Thursday.

Unions go to court over pension shortfall for thousands
The decision to raise the pension age will hit tens of thousands of people who have taken early retirement, some of whom will be faced with a shortfall of up to €20,000, according to trade unions.

We're getting fatter, and undertakers need bigger coffins
Undertakers are looking for bigger coffins and crematoria are increasing the size of their ovens because the Dutch are getting fatter, free newspaper Metro reports on Thursday.

Woman arrested after fire in mentally-handicapped home
A 36-year-old woman has been arrested following a fire in a residential complex partly housing people with a mental handicap, RTL news said on Thursday.

Half a million internet shop orders arrived too late last month
Online retailers were unable to cope with the surge in demand at the end of last year, leading to a sharp rise in items delivered too late, according to retail researcher Q&A.

The Netherlands joins US, Canada in UN telecom treaty protest
The Netherlands will refuse to ratify a new United Nations treaty on telecommunications because it 'stands in the way of a free and open internet', economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has told parliament.

Two in three private security guards report being victims of violence
Some two-thirds of private security officials were subjected to physical or verbal violence last year, according to research by sector organisation Nederlandse Veiligheidsbranche.

Woman admits causing Amsterdam car park fire
A fire in a car park in central Amsterdam on Tuesday, which destroyed several vehicles, was probably caused by engine trouble, according to media reports.

Wednesday 09 January 2013

Father of murdered girl gets Dutch communications prize
The Machiavelli prize 2012, given annually for 'exceptional communication qualities', has been awarded to Bauke Vaatstra, father of murdered teenager Marianne Vaatstra.

Pay rose an average 1.6% last year
The average pay rise in all the collective wage deals agreed in 2012 was 1.6%, according to employers' advisory group AWVN.

Pilots plan to sue ABN Amro for allowing them to borrow money
A group of seven unemployed pilots are attempting to sue ABN Amro bank for being irresponsible in granting them huge loans to pay for their training, RTL news reports on Wednesday.

Almost one third of the Dutch want to be their own boss
Almost one in three people in the Netherlands would prefer to be their own boss, slightly below the European average, according to research by the European Commission.

Pee under the shower to save water, says council executive
A council official in the Drenthe municipality of Aa en Hunze is recommending people pee while having a shower in order to save water and cash.

Brussels wants answers on Dutch multinationals in Poland
The European Commission is to ask Poland to clarify how it spends money from the European Social Fund ESF following claims that Dutch multinationals may have wrongly benefited, Trouw reports on Wednesday.

Rotterdam trade schools plan to merge and break up
Two of Rotterdam's biggest trade schools plan to merge and break up into seven smaller and more focused vocational training colleges, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

Some 300,000 don't pay their healthcare insurance
A hard-core group of some 300,000 people fail to pay their health insurance premiums ever year, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

Catholic church not in favour of 'naming and shaming' deserter
Plans by a Catholic priest to publicly display the names and photographs of people who are formally leaving the church are 'undesirable and not allowed in law', church officials say.

House prices have fallen sharply since spring budget agreement
House prices have fallen sharply since last year's spring budget agreement which agreed limits on the mortgage tax break, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

High-speed train Fyra still running late on Brussels service
Just half of the Fyra high-speed trains to Brussels and Breda are arriving on time, according to a users lobby group website which monitors the new service's arrival times.

Tuesday 08 January 2013

Healthcare bosses dominate list of big public sector earners
Efforts in the Netherlands to limit the salaries of public sector bosses appear to be stalling, following the publication of new figures showing a 20% increase in high earners between 2010 and 2011.

Talpa relents on local council talent show
The town council of Hollands Kroon has been given the go ahead after all to recruit new staff using the same methods as television talent show Voice of Holland.

Dutch film less popular in 2012
Although more Dutch films were produced in 2012, they attracted fewer cinema goers, according to film institute figures.

The Netherlands is failing to tackle bribery claims: OECD
The Netherlands is failing to ‘vigorously pursue’ foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws, the OECD said on Tuesday.

First signs of spring, but we haven't had winter yet
It might only be the beginning of January but nature experts are already noticing the first signs of spring, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

Taboo over pay cuts is being eased as IT companies lead the way
The taboo over pay cuts for older staff is gradually being eroded and seven of the 385 pay deals sealed last year include provision for 'demotion', the Financieele Dagblad said on Tuesday.

Fewer people plan to go on holiday this year
Over one in four people in the Netherlands are considering not taking a holiday this year, according to research for the tourism board NBTC.

Catholic priest goes public with names of those leaving the church
A Catholic church minister in Tilburg is planning to publicly display the names and photographs of people who are officially leaving the church, the Brabants Dagblad reports.

Banned Dutch neurologist working in Germany 'had proper papers'
A Dutch doctor banned from practising in the Netherlands had a certificate saying there were no impediments to his working in Germany, according to a press statement from the hospital which employed him.

Union calls for clear rules on working outside regular hours
Employers and workers must in 2012 work out better guidelines for dealing with work outside office hours, says FNV union chief Ton Heerts.

Fewer new firms launched in 2012
The number of company start-ups in 2012 reached almost 104,000, but that is down 15% on the previous year, according to new figures from the chambers of commerce (KvK).

Low income households are bigger consumers of healthcare
Households with a low level of education are bigger consumers of healthcare than those with university degrees, but well-educated families spend more on premiums, according to calculations by the macro-economic think-tank CPB.

Schiphol airport processes record number of passengers
Some 51 million passengers moved through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport last year, an increase of 2.6% on 2011, chief executive Jos Nijhuis said on Monday evening.

Monday 07 January 2013

More journeys made via Eindhoven airport
Nearly three million journeys were made via Eindhoven airport in 2012, an increase of 13% on the previous year.

Princess Máxima is voted 'dumb fur wearer' of the year
Princess Máxima has been voted 'Dom Bontje' (dumb fur wearer) of 2012 for wearing a jacket with a raccoon fur hood.

Northern newspaper websites move behind pay wall
More Dutch newspapers are moving their websites behind pay walls, as owners struggle to find new business models because of falling print suscriptions.

Dutch artist attempts to register Allah as a trademark
A Dutch artist is attempting to register the name ‘Allah’ as a trademark with the Benelux intellectual property office in The Hague, the Telegraaf reported on Monday.

Dutch Patriot missile systems leave for Turkey
Three Dutch Patriot defence missile systems began their journey to Turkey on Monday, accompanied by some 300 soldiers.

Two young children die in Maastricht fire
Two young children have been killed in a fire at their home in Maastricht, news agency ANP reported on Monday.

Shopkeepers call for action to slash high credit card fees
Dutch shopkeepers are calling for government intervention over the high costs they have to pay to process credit card transactions, RTL news said on Monday.

Property fund Wereldhave completes US exit
Dutch property fund Wereldhave has sold its US portfolio to Lone Star Funds for $720m, 5% above its book value.

'Price of a three-course meal dropped 15% last year'
Cafes and restaurants are taking note of consumers’ shrinking spending power and cut the average price of a three-course meal by some 15% last year, according to food research institute FSIN.

Three accused of endangering health through illegal antibiotics trade
Three people accused of illegally trading antibiotics face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

Capgemini asks expensive older staff to take a pay cut
The Dutch arm of IT company Capgemini has asked some 400 expensive, mainly older, workers to take a pay cut, Nos television reports on Monday.

Sunday 06 January 2013

Dutch doctor at centre of negligence case found working in Germany
A Dutch doctor, no longer allowed to practice in the Netherlands and who is at the centre of legal proceedings for professional misconduct, has been found working at a hospital in Germany.

Saturday 05 January 2013

Council falls foul of media giant Talpa over talent show plans
A local council in Noord Holland is to be told by media giant Talpa it is breaking copyright rules by holding a talent contest using the same concept as the Voice of Holland television show.

Dutch multinationals benefit from EU development cash for Poland
Major multinationals such as ING, Unilever and Philips have had millions of euros from special EU development funds to stimulate employment in poorer regions such as Poland, Trouw reported on Saturday.

Friday 04 January 2013

Marks & Spencer plans a return to Amsterdam, says Distrifood
British department store group Marks & Spencer is returning to the Netherlands and is planning to set up shop in Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat, retail magazine Distrifood reports on Friday.

Plastic surgeons amputate several hands after firework mishaps
Plastic surgeons had to deal with 40 firework victims following the New Year celebrations and partially or totally amputated 14 hands, sector organisation NVPC said on Friday.

Parents should fund childcare, not the state, say a majority
Parents should pay the full cost of childcare themselves, according to 40% of the Dutch population in a new CBS poll.

Hospital pastor in court accused of killing male partner with axe
A 55-year-old hospital pastor appeared in court on Friday charged with killing his male partner with an axe.

Psychiatric prison escapee recaptured robbing a jewelry store
A man who escaped from his psychiatric prison escort while on leave on Thursday has been arrested trying to rob a jewelry store in Rotterdam.

Household spending power falls for fifth quarter in a row
Dutch households saw their disposable income shrink again in the third quarter of last year, according to the national statistics office CBS.

Minister confirms €193m loss on bank bail-outs in 2012
The Netherlands lost €193m last year on the state support it gave financial service companies during 2008 and 2009, finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem confirmed on Thursday evening, Dutch media report.

Prosecutors, police unions criticise fast-track New Year trials
Police unions are disappointed in the result of super fast-track court hearings for people arrested during the New Year festivities, after judges handed down lower sentences than called for by prosecutors.

The Netherlands in grip of mild flu epidemic
The Netherlands is in the grip of a mild flu epidemic, particularly affecting children, according to health research institute Nivel.

Extravagant council New Year receptions are out of favour
Local councils are cutting back on 'extravagant' New Year receptions, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

American extradited from Amsterdam on child porn charges
An American citizen has been extradited to the US to face charges relating to child porn, the US justice ministry said on Thursday.

Old clothes are a big moneyspinner for local councils
Local councils are increasingly likely to charge charities for placing old clothes collection points in the Netherlands' towns and cities, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

Banking apps more popular
The number of people using a banking app to manage their financial affairs via smartphone has doubled over the past year, according to Nos television.

Rental housing market grows as home ownership gets harder
The demand for rental housing outside the rent-controlled sector is soaring, according to people working in the sector.

Intercity train fire probably a short circuit
The fire on an intercity train earlier this week was probably caused by a short circuit, not fireworks, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Subsidies to keep older people in work are 'a waste of time'
Government subsidies aimed at keeping the over-50s in paid employment do not have the desired effect, according to new research by the macro-economic think-tank CPB.

Thursday 03 January 2013

500,000 wifi passwords easy to hack, warns consumer group
The passwords for at least 500,000 wifi routers in the Netherlands can still easily be discovered by hackers, even though the problem has been known since the end of 2011, according to the consumers association Consumentenbond.

Financial disputes hit local council careers
Over 100 local authority aldermen and women were forced to stand down last year because of a political conflict, often because they had overspent their budgets, according to local council publication VNG-Magazine.

Rabobank's 'no cure no pay' deal may break financial advice law
Rabobank may be breaking the new law covering fees for financial products by offering a ‘no cure no pay’ deal for its advice, the financial services watchdog AFM told website nu.nl.

Man gets stuck in paper recycling bin trying to find lottery ticket
A 76-year-old man from Amsterdam got stuck in a recycling paper container on Thursday morning after trying to retrieve a lottery ticket, the city’s police said.

Dutch state will make a loss on bank bail-outs: finance minister
The Netherlands will this year make a loss on the billions of euros lent to banks to bail them out of the financial crisis, according to finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Spending on health rises as more treatment is carried out
Spending on healthcare rose 3.5% in 2011 to almost €90bn, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Supermarket sales growth lowest since 2005
Supermarket sales rose just 1.1% last year, the lowest growth since 2005, according to retail market research group Gfk.

Salvage efforts start for stranded Shell drilling ship off Alaska
A team of five salvage experts have now managed to board the Shell drilling ship stranded off the coast of Alaska, news agencies said on Thursday.

Paracetamol sales restricted after rise in overdoses
New restrictions on the sale of paracetamol come into effect on January 10, following a rise in the number of poisoning cases.

Newspaper online subscriptions more popular
All the Netherlands’ main daily papers increased their internet subscription base in the third quarter of last year, according to media auditing group HOI.

Refugees to get grants to pay for integration courses
Asylum seekers with a residency permit for the Netherlands can get a grant of up to €10,000 to pay for their compulsory integration course, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has announced.

Wednesday 02 January 2013

Queen Beatrix remains most active Orange
Queen Beatrix was the busiest Dutch royal in 2012, carrying out 240 official engagements, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday.

Belgian Hema store wrong to sack headscarf-wearing worker
A Belgian branch of Dutch department store Hema was wrong to sack a woman worker for wearing a headscarf, a Belgian industrial tribunal ruled on Wednesday.

Scheveningen pier declared bankrupt, no buyer found
Scheveningen pier has been declared bankrupt after its owners, hotel and catering family Van der Valk, failed to find a buyer.

New car sales fell 10% last year
New car sales fell almost 10% to just over 500,000 in 2012, motoring organisations said on Wednesday.

Three youths arrested after train fire
Three youths have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a fire in a train, possibly caused by fireworks, Utrecht local television reports.

Shell drilling ship 'not leaking oil' after grounding off Alaska
There is no sign that a Shell drilling ship, which ran aground in a severe storm off the coast of Alaska, is leaking oil, news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Economic affairs minister is optimistic about economic strength
Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp is optimistic about the Dutch economy in the future, he says in an interview with the AD.

Shortage of company doctors looms
A shortage of company doctors in the Netherlands is looming because few people are signing up to the profession, Nos television reports on Wednesday.

New complaint against Máxima's father for Argentine junta role
A new complaint against the father of princess Máxima has been made by the families of four people who disappeared during the Argentine junta era, according to Argentine media.

New Year bonfire car crash in Friesland: one man dies
One of the 17 people injured when a car ploughed into a crowd watching a New Year bonfire has died, news agency ANP reports.

Rafael and Sylvie van der Vaart to split, say German media
German media are reporting the marriage between Dutch footballer Rafael van der Vaart and television presenter and model Sylvie is over.

Financial product commission ban in force: what fee will you pay?
Internet firms which sell financial service products are geared up to take on the big banks and insurance companies now the ban on commission is in force, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

RBS to cut a further 500 jobs in the Netherlands
Royal Bank of Scotland is to shed a further 500 jobs in the Netherlands this year, taking its Dutch workforce to 1,000, the Parool reports.

Heineken boss is investors' favourite CEO
Heineken's chief executive Jean-Francois van Boxmeer has been voted favourite chief executive of 2012 by members of the Dutch investors association VEB.

Tuesday 01 January 2013

Many towns have no plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafes
Tourists will not be banned from a majority of the Netherlands' cannabis cafes, despite new residency requirements which came into effect on January 1, according to a survey by Nos television.

New Year violence still unacceptable, says Dutch justice minister
Although there were less violent incidents during the New Year festivities compared with last year, the number of attacks on emergency service workers is still unacceptable, justice minister Ivo Opstelten said on Tuesday.

Thousands brave the chilly sea for New Year's Day swim
Thousands of people took part in a January 1 swim in the sea or in lakes and rivers, Nos television reported.

Rain dampens New Year spirits, fewer arrests and injuries say police
Rain covered most of the country during the New Year festivities, leading to fewer arrests and incidents requiring police intervention.

17 injured as car ploughs into crowd in Frisian village (update)
In the tiny Frisian village of Raard, 17 people were injured, three seriously, when a car ploughed into a group of people watching a New Year bonfire.

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