Friday 13 December 2019

Farmers take their protest to Amsterdam, tractors head for the city

Farmers take their protest to Amsterdam, tractors head for the city

Dutch farmers angry about government plans to tackle nitrogen compound pollution are taking their protests to Amsterdam on Friday. Before sunrise, the first tractors were spotted heading for the city’s Dam Square where the protest will take place. Eerste tractoren rijden Amsterdam binnen voor boerenprotest op de Dam — AT5 (@AT5) December 13, 2019 Mayor Femke Halsema has given permission for no more than 25 tractors to take part in the demonstration, which is officially due to take... More >

'Energy tax stops consumers going green'

The Netherlands should either scrap the tax on energy or drastically reform it, to encourage a transition to sustainable energy sources, the head of Vattenfall Nederland (formerly Nuon) has told the Financieele Dagblad. Martijn Hagens told the paper in an interview that rising energy bills are dampening consumers’ enthusiasm for change. ‘All they see is their bills going up,’ Hagens said. ‘But if you look at your energy bill, you see tax accounts for the greatest share.’ The government is... More >

Prosus nabs Takeaway's place in AEX

Meal delivery company Takeaway will be demoted to Amsterdam’s Midkap index during the end of year reshuffle, and its place will be taken by arch rival Prosus, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday. The two companies are currently embroiled in a takeover battle for British delivery firm Just Eat.  In October, Prosus made a hostile takeover bid for Just Eat, which reached a deal earlier this year to merge with Takeaway. Prosus, a technology stock and part of South African... More >

Tikkie fraud can cost fraudsters dear

Fraudsters using micro payment request system Tikkie, or other online payment platforms such as banking apps, could soon be facing six years in prison, public broadcaster NOS reports. At the moment people using fast payment apps to con people can get between one and four years in jail, depending on the size of the fraud. This will now be upped to six, in line with credit card fraud. Crypto currency fraud will also be included in the new legislation. The... More >

Finance freelancers to get equal rights

Several companies operating in the financial sector are planning to improve the position of freelancers and people on flexible contracts, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday. Bank ING and insurance groups Achmea, Nationale Nederland, ASR and VGZ are poised to sign a code of conduct with the unions in which they agree to treat flexible workers in a similar way to regular staff, the paper said. In total the deal will cover some 10,000 self employed and workers on flexible... More >

Court orders NS to turn ad screens blank

Thousands of advertising screens at railway stations around the country have gone blank after a court ruled that NS had breached European competition rules. The train operator, which owns the hoardings, subcontracted its advertising management business to ExterionMedia and Ngage Media in 2011 when it should have allowed companies from across the EU to put in bids. The court of appeal in Arnhem upheld a challenge to the contract by French advertising manager JCDesaux. NS was ordered to take down... More >