Friday 26 February 2021







Gov't agencies have lost touch: report

Parliament, ministries and government agencies have often lost sight of the human element when drawing up and enacting policy, a parliamentary commission said on Thursday. In addition, there is a lack of trust, and interest in what other departments are doing, the commission said in a new report, which has been almost a year in the making. Both parliament and agencies, such as the benefit payments unit UWV and tax office, need to work more closely together to ensure more... More >




'New' Van Gogh comes up for auction

A painting by Vincent van Gogh never seen by the public is to be sold by auction houses Sotheby’s and Mirabaud Mercier on March 25. Scène de rue à Montmatre has been privately owned by an unnamed French family for a century and has only ever been seen in catalogues, a spokesperson for the Van Gogh Museum confirmed to NU.nl. ‘Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands – most are in the collections of prestigious... More >




MPs debate plan to scrap abortion wait

MPs will today debate a Labour party and GroenLinks motion which would remove the compulsory five day wait before women can have an abortion, broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday. The two parties and womens’ rights groups argue that the five day wait between an initial consultation with a doctor and the operation is both difficult for women and unnecessary. The wait applies to all women who are more than 16 days pregnant and want an abortion. It was included in... More >


Dutch women have first baby later

Women in the Netherlands are having their first child later, in line with women all over Europe, according to new figures from European statistics agency Eurostat. In 2019, the average age at which a Dutch woman became a mother for the first time was 30.1 years, up slightly from 30 years in 2018, Eurostat said. The European average also rose by the same amount, from 29.3 to 29.4 years. Europe’s youngest first time mothers are in Bulgaria, with an average... More >



Meat replacement maker Vivera for sale: FD

Dutch meat replacement maker Vivera, the local market leader, is in the late stages of talks on being taken over, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday. The company, based in Holten in Overijssel, is believed to be up for sale for ‘hundreds of millions of euros,’ sources close to the talks told the paper. Vivera is the Dutch market leader for meat replacements and the third biggest player in Europe behind Quorn and Nestle, the paper said. Vivera has declined... More >


VDL bus makers switch to bathrooms

The VDL bus factory in Heerenveen is switching to produce prefabricated bathrooms, lavatories and other ready-to-use building elements for construction company Van Wijnen. The 150 workers at the plant will all be retrained and no jobs are said to be at risk, the company said on Thursday. Van Wijnen and VDL have been working on the plans since last summer. Van Wijnen is already building a huge factory in Heerenveen where prefab houses will be built at speed and VDL... More >





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