Monday 20 September 2021

Week talks fail to reach breakthrough on forming a new coalition

Week talks fail to reach breakthrough on forming a new coalition

Talks on forming a new government will resume a week on Monday after informal meetings this weekend failed to produce concrete results. Chief negotiator Johan Remkes told reporters on Sunday that the talks between the VVD, D66 and the CDA had been ‘good’, but complicated by the events of last week. D66 leader and foreign affairs minister Sigrid Kaag stood down on Thursday after MPs passed a motion of censure against her, for her role in the shambolic Dutch evacuation... More >

Seasonal workers out in the cold

Dutch local authorities are failing to provide enough suitable accommodation for seasonal workers, and opposition from locals is often the reason why, current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported on Sunday evening. The show’s researchers questioned officials in 40 local authority areas which have a large number of seasonal workers and found many had not reached official housing targets. In Westland, where much of the country’s greenhouse horticulture is located, 16,000 mainly eastern Europeans are employed picking crops. But the local council... More >

Dutch lead EU proposal to ban €500 note

Caretaker finance minister Wopke Hoekstra Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra is heading a joint European move to ban the 500 euro note and cash payments of up to €5,000 to prevent money laundering and other criminal activity. The minister told MPs the plan has the backing of Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, with enough space for the individual countries to lower the threshold for cash payments even further. Hoekstra is working on a limit of €3,000 in cash payments for... More >

Daily Covid tests for non-EU tourists

Visitors from outside the EU face having to take daily coronavirus tests even if they have been fully vaccinated when the corona pass system goes live on September 25. The Dutch CoronaCheck app only recognises vaccines that are compatible with the European Digital Coronavirus Certificate, including a handful of non-EU countries such as Norway and Turkey. Tourists from other countries, including the UK and the US, will not be able to use their domestic Covid apps at restaurants, cafes, sporting... More >

Suriname Museum to open in 2023

A museum dedicated to the relationship between the Netherlands and its former colony Suriname will be be opening its doors in 2023, the organisers have said. The Suriname Museum, which will be situated at the Zeeburgerdijk in Amsterdam, will cover everything between ‘the moment the first Dutchman set foot in Suriname to the moment the first Suriname national set foot in the Netherlands,’ Vincent Soekra, one of the museum’s champions told local broadcaster NH Nieuws. Soekra has lobbied hard for... More >

MPs reject Covid checks at outdoor cafes

MPs have voted narrowly in favour of the government’s plans to scrap social distancing and make use of the coronavirus check app more widespread, but say the pass system should not operate on cafes’ outside spaces. The government plans to drop social distancing from September 25 and replace it with the CoronaCheck QR code app, which shows a green tick if the user is either fully vaccinated, has recently had coronavirus or has a negative test no older than 24... More >

CoronaCheck app 'doesn't work' for some

Some users have reported problems in installing the CoronaCheck app which will be needed for access for indoor events and venues from September 25. According to critical reviews placed online, as recently as early September, people have had problems when their mobile device uses certain browsers. There are reports that people who have services such  as DuckDuckGo or Firefox as their default browser – rather than Google Chrome – are unable to attach their DigiD government identity code to retrieve... More >

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