Saturday 19 September 2020

The sense of urgency about coronavirus must return, says Dutch PM

The sense of urgency about coronavirus must return, says Dutch PM

Coronavirus had become irrelevant and too far removed from many people, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters at a press conference on Friday amid mounting concern about rising infection rates. Speaking as the number of positive tests in the past 24 hours neared 2,000, Rutte said that keeping to the basic rules for preventing the spread of the virus is becoming more difficult. ‘Places of work are becoming busier, people want to meet each other and have fun,’ he said.... More >




Minister fined for breaking Covid rules

Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus, who was caught breaking social distancing rules at his recent wedding, has been given a fine by the public prosecution service after all. Grapperhaus has been fined €390 because this will ‘enhance the credibility’ of the enforcement of the rules, given that the minister is head of the department charged with making sure they are complied with, the department said in a statement. Grapperhaus was faced with a vote of no confidence after photographs showing him... More >







No, the expats are not leaving

There is little evidence that international workers are leaving the Netherlands because of the coronavirus epidemic, but fewer people are arriving, experts and organisations working with expats have told DutchNews.nl International schools say that while a few people have been called back to base, families are not packing up and leaving on a large scale and pupil numbers are steady. And while some housing agencies have said they have more property on their books, it is very unclear how much... More >


Coronavirus dominates budget debate

The coronavirus pandemic dominated Wednesday and Thursday’s debate on the government’s 2021 spending plans, broadcaster NOS said in its report on the two day event. The debate, during which opposition parties try to force ministers to make changes to their spending plans, was also the unofficial start of the 2021 election campaign, according to some commentators and MPs. In particular, far right parliamentarian Geert Wilders used the debate to try to focus on other issues, such as his recent court... More >



Workers remained resilient despite Covid

More people are working at home because of coronavirus, and some people are working longer hours but there has not been an increase in burnouts, a survey among 10,000 people by Dutch research institute TNO has shown. While 40% of people are spending at least part of their working day based at home, fewer workers are actually doing overtime, the survey found. Six in 10 respondents said they had worked more than their official hours during the coronavirus crisis, but... More >





New body will assess 'vital' public art

A new committee has been charged with assessing all arts and crafts held in the Netherlands and evaluating what is of vital importance – including objects acquired during colonialism and World War II. The Commissie Collectie Nederland, chaired by former CDA chief Sybrand Buma, is expected to first itemise everything of cultural value in public and private collections before drawing up a ‘dynamic’ list of what should be protected for future generations. It is expected to report before early next... More >








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