Sunday 29 November 2020

Northern provinces get €438m from EU for energy transition, job creation

Northern provinces get €438m from EU for energy transition, job creation

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 >

Firms are still ignoring Brexit impact

One in three companies which does business either directly or indirectly with Britain have not yet taken any steps to prepare for Brexit, according to research carried out on behalf of the economic affairs and foreign ministries. Companies with indirect links to Britain are least likely to have prepared for the end of the year, when new trade rules will come into effect whether a deal is agreed or not, the research showed. In total, 572 firms took part in... More >

Food safety board staff shortages 'major'

The Dutch food and product safety board NVWA has a major shortage of staff and this is threatening safety standards, according to a report by Deloitte for the farm ministry. The report says the agency fails in its remit for 100 of the 152 areas which it is supposed to regulate, and that this means the Netherlands is no longer meeting EU standards. The NVWA monitors food and food products for contamination and dangerous substances, in particular bacteria in meat... More >