Saturday 28 March 2020

Cabinet delays climate change plans, corona measures cut air pollution

Cabinet delays climate change plans, corona measures cut air pollution

The Dutch cabinet will not come up with new measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions before April 1 as planned, economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes said after Friday’s cabinet meeting. ‘A lot of people, we included, have other things to do at the moment,’ Wiebes said. ‘The Urgenda court ruling still stands, but there are other priorities.’ Last December the Dutch Supreme Court ruled the state is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect the health of its people,... More >

Coronavirus in NL: what you need to know

We’ve collected our main articles about coronavirus in the Netherlands into one place, to make it easier for you to find the information you need. You can also search using the corona tag in the news menu bar. And do please feel free to share your questions, comments and ideas with us so we can continue to do what we can as a news organisation to help members of our community. Main news and official measures Coronavirus will cause... More >

ABN Amro forecasts GDP will drop 3.5%

The Dutch economy will shrink by 3.5% this year because of the coronavirus outbreak and all sectors of the economy will be hit, according to new forecasts by ABN Amro economists. The ABN Amro forecasts are based on a two-month lockdown until mid-May. If cafes and restaurants reopen from mid May, the economy will buck up over the summer, although the impact of the closures will be felt for the rest of the year. The leisure industries will be hardest... More >

Delays, higher costs for Zuidas tunnel

Plans to tunnel in the southern edge of Amsterdam’s ring road and to expand the Zuid railway station will go ahead, but the tender process is being restarted, the costs will go up and it will take much longer to complete, transport minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has told MPs. Nieuwenhuizen brought in former housing minister Sybilla Dekker to look into the future of the massive Zuidasdok civil engineering project, following mounting costs, technical problems and delays. Dekker has now suggested... More >

Officials clarify corona rules for groups

Claims in several Dutch newspapers that people face fines for being in groups of more than two, even if they are 1.5 metres apart, are not correct, officials have confirmed. The RTL, AD and other websites said on Thursday that experts from the 25 Dutch public safety regions had agreed to introduce fines for all groups of more than two people, unless they were family or children. But officials have now confirmed that fines of up to €350 per person... More >

Dutch remain opposed to eurobonds

The Netherlands is opposed to issuing eurobonds as a way to soften the impact of coronavirus on the worst affected countries, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters following Thursday’s online meeting of the European Council. ‘I cannot foresee any circumstances in which the Netherlands will accept eurobonds,’ Rutte is quoted as saying. ‘This is against the design of the EMU.’ EU leaders failed during the four-hour meeting to reach agreement about a package of economic support measures to soften the... More >

Iconic singer Liesbeth List dies

Iconic Dutch singer and actress Liesbeth Listh has died at her home in Soest aged 78. List, who sang the work of such greats as Jaques Brel and Charles Aznavour, became most famous for her partnership with actor and singer Ramses Shaffy who died in 2009. Their biggest successes include such classics as Pastorale and the Shaffy Cantate. List, who had been suffering from dementia in her final years, played her final role in Liesbeth the musical in 2017 in... More >

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