Sunday 29 November 2020

Public transport companies reduce services

Public transport firms are planning major cuts in their services next year, as coronavirus cuts profits and keeps passengers home. Many services face frequency cuts and some night bus services will stop altogether, public transport authority Dova said. This year alone public transport companies have lost €500m and cabinet compensation is not covering all the losses, Dova said. Transdev, which operates buses in Zeeland and Noord-Holland will trim services by 7% next year and Arriva, Qbuzz and EBS are also... More >

Northern provinces get €438m from EU

The three northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe will get a total of €438m from European funds, junior economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer has told provincial officials. Around 25% of the cash will come from a regional development fund and is meant to stimulate small firm innovation. The rest of the money comes from a new European fund set up to help pay for the transition to a gas-free economy. The money will go on creating jobs in the... More >

Pay gap between men and woman unchanged

The pay gap between men and women remained virtually unchanged between 2016 and 2018, national statistics agency CBS said in its latest two-yearly report. The CBS focused on both the civil service and private sector. It found that the pay gap among civil servants was 5% in 2016 and had gone down to 4% in 2018. However, in the private sector the difference in earnings remained 7%. The figures were corrected for a variety of factors which impact income including... More >

Halfweg factory outlet centre opens doors

A factory outlet centre which is opening its doors in the Amsterdam region on Thursday has local fashion retailers worried, local broadcaster NOS reports. The Style Outlet, the fourth outlet centre of this size in the Netherlands, is owned by Spanish project developer Neinver, and is located at Halfweg, to the west of Amsterdam. It has 115 shops, 75% of which has been let. The aim of the centre is to attract two million visitors a year. ‘We were thinking... More >

Microsoft data centre sparks controversy

The construction of a second data centre by American tech company Microsoft in Noord Holland, and plans to build five more along the A7 motorway, is dividing local politicians and MPs and driving out farmers, an investigation by the NRC has shown. Data centres do not only consume huge amounts of energy but also take up valuable and fertile arable land, local opponents of the scheme told the paper. The arrival of the data centres, actively encouraged by local politicians... More >