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european medicines agency will bring jobs, generate millions of euros

the relocation of the european medicines agency from london to amsterdam will generate millions of euros in extra income for the dutch economy, according to economists from ing.the 890 workers will have an estimated €45m in net salaries to spend and much of that will benefit local shops, service providers, bars and restaurants, ing says.in addition, housing the ema workers will bring in €10m to €15m while the 30,000 overnight stays which ema visitors will book will generate €4m for the hotel sector.the financieele dagblad says experts suggest the eu agency will provide work for 1,500 people working in catering, cleaning, security, childcare and teaching. in addition, some 200 of the agency’s 890 staff are not expected to travel to ...




dutch households spent more in september, year on year

photo: depositphotos.comhousehold spending in the netherlands rose by 3.1% in september over the same month in 2016, the national statistics office cbs said on wednesday.this was the highest growth rate since january, the cbs said. however, the conditions for higher household spending are more ...




health tops financial security as ingredient for the good life

health and financial security are key to a good life. photo: depositphotos.comover eight in 10 dutch people regard good health as the most important factor in achieving a ‘good life’. financial security follows in second place with 75% support and leisure time at 68% rounds up the top three.the multiple answer online survey was conducted by market research bureau gfk and published on wednesday.gfk said there was little difference between replies of men and women, although more women (86%) than men (77%) regarded health as important.more than half of the dutch respondents found other fact...




akzonobel drops merger talks with axalta as nippon paint steps in

photo: akzonobelamsterdam-based paints and coatings group akzonobel has ended its merger talks with axalta after nippon paint of japan made a higher all-cash offer for the us paints firm, the telegraaf reported on wednesday.akzo and axalta had been in negotiations since the end of october and akzo  had termed the potential deal a ‘merger of equals’.  earlier this year, akzo rejected several hostile takeover attempts by another us peer...




filibuster on home owners tax plan fails as mps vote to halt the debate

efforts by two opposition parties to talk out new legislation aimed at reintroducing a tax on home ownership flopped on tuesday night, when mps voted to halt the debate at around 4am.in total, the pvv and 50plus requested more than 36 hours of debating time about the move to scrap a law which was brought in in 2005. named after mp hans hillen who introduced the plan, the law exempted home owners from paying a tax known as the eigenwoningforfait over the value of their property.if they had succeeded in talking for so long, a strategy known as a filibuster, the vote on the bill would have been delayed and the measure could not have been introduced in 2019 as planned.now the debate will...




german transport company arriva plans to challenge ns in the netherlands

public transport company arriva, part of german state-owned deutsche bahn, wants to be the biggest bus and train service provider in the netherlands, its chief executive has told the telegraaf.anne hettinga told the paper: ‘we can be the biggest by winning parts of the main rail network in new tenders and running our own trains on the dutch high speed train routes.’hettinga called on the netherlands to ‘fully liberalise’ its rail networks and so end the ns monopoly on main routes. regional services have already been opened up to competition.the new government agreement opens the door to changing the ...




309,000 people vote today following local council boundary shifts

photo: depositphotos.comsome 309,000 people in friesland, groningen and gelderland provinces go to the polls today to vote for new councils following the redrawing of dozens of local authority area boundaries.the merger and redivision of dozens of local authority areas such as litternseradeil, jellum, boazum and wiuwert will reduce the number of councils in the netherlands from 388 now to 38...




dutch union says eu bus plans could leave rural areas without services

european plans to force the netherlands to fully liberalise bus services will push down driver pay and leave rural parts of the country without public transport, trade union federation cnv has told the ad.brussels wants to open the european bus market to all-comers, without including a requirement to operate loss-making routes, the cnv says. this, the country’s second biggest union federation says, means that remote villages could be left without buses, as foreign firms take over money-making routes but don’t use their profits to subside loss-making services.‘bus firms such as flixbus, ouibus and eurolines wi...




dozens of schiphol flights delayed, cancelled due to air traffic control problems

waiting for a flight at schiphol. photo: depositphotos.comdozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed due to technical problems with the air traffic control systems at amsterdam’s schiphol airport.the disruption began around 11.30 on tuesday morning and officials are unable to say when the problem might be fixed.by 15.30, klm had cancelled at least 50 flights within europe, while other flights from the dutch flag carrier are being delayed by u...




amsterdam hotels head for record profits in 2017

despite the inroads made by airbnb and the objections of local residents against the ever-increasing flood of tourists in the dutch capital, amsterdam hotels are headed for record profits in 2017.the popularity of amsterdam among tourists and business people, particularly those headed for international congresses, continues unabated, the financieele dagblad said on tuesday.the average per-night price of a hotel room has shot up to €140 from €131 as the occupancy rate hovers around 83.7%, the highest level since 2000, the paper said, quoting figures from property advisory group colliers.amsterdam has ‘a healthy mix of...




one in 10 primary school children sent home due to staff shortages

photo: depositphotos.comone in 10 primary school children was sent home last year because no substitute teacher could be found, while three quarters were taught by substitute staff at some point, the algemeen dagblad reports.the figures are based on a survey among over 1,000 parents carried out by the vervangingsfonds, a replacement fund into which schools pay a premium to finance substitute staff.the survey also showed that two thirds of parents think children should never be sent home when there is no teacher present. however, a shortage of primary school teachers and changes to the employment law, is making it difficult for schools to find replacement...




building tycoon dik wessels, 3rd richest dutchman, dies at the age of 71

photo: cees elzenga / hetoog.nl / hhdik wessels, one of the most successful businessmen in the netherlands, who formed construction giant volker wessels, has died at the age of 71. he was ranked third on the quote 500 rich list in 2017 with his assets estimated at €4bn.wessels had been in poor health for some time and had recently undergone a bypass operation, the financieele dagblad reported on tuesday afternoon.‘i never set out to be rich. i got a lot of pleasure out of being a businessman,’ wessels told the paper in an interview in 2015. wessels liked to keep things simple, but he built up volkerwessels to an international construction compan...




former ns director faces a year in jail for industrial espionage scandal

former dutch railways director timo huges should be jailed for one year for his ‘very serious failings’ during the limburg regional transport tender process, the public prosecution department said on tuesday.two other senior railway staff should be jailed for eight and 10 months while three others face community service and fines of up to €50,000 for their role in the scandal.state-owned railway company ns also faces a fine of €3bn for industrial espionage during the competition to provide regional rail services in limburg in 2014. the dutch anti-cartel body acm in june fined ns almost €41m for breaking competition law during the tender process.the contract was originally awarded to abellio – a subsidiary of the ns. however, in l...




health insurance companies 'clone' policies for different prices: consumers group

some health insurance companies are cloning basic health insurance policies and offering them for different prices under different labels, the dutch consumers association consumentenbond said on tuesday.around 1,000 different healthcare policies are currently being offered by 50 different insurance companies and this is creating a policy jungle, the organisation says.insurance companies are not allowed to offer identical policies for different premiums but can get away with it by offering the alternative via a subsidiary company.‘all these identical policies with different names make the supply side unnecessarily confusing for consumers,’ said organisation director bart combée. ‘consumers can choose from 57 different basic insurance p...




mps begin marathon debate on taxing home owners with no mortgage

mps will on tuesday take part in a marathon debate on the new government’s plans to bring back a tax for home owners who have paid off their mortgages.in total, opposition mps have requested more than 36 hours of debating time about the move to scrap a law which was brought in in 2005. named after mp hans hillen who introduced the plan, the law exempted home owners from paying a tax known as the eigenwoningforfait over the value of their property.the eigenwoningforfait is currently paid by home owners with a mortgage and is based on the value of their property. it is seen as compensation for the tax break on mortgages which home buyers enjoy.however, its original aim was to tax the supposed benefits which home owners gain from owning their...




dutch terror threat unchanged, nctv warns about women returnees

photo: depositphotos.comthe threat of terrorist attacks by people who have never travelled to is territory is as great as the threat from jihadists who have returned to the netherlands, according to the dutch counter terrorism unit’s latest assessment.the nctv says is is using the network of the dutch nationals who joined the terrorist group to inspire the sympathisers who remained behind. this, the agency says, is particularly worrying because inspiring people in europe to carry out attacks could be an alternative to organising jihadist cells from syria and iraq.‘the netherlands is named in is propaganda as a legitimate target,’ nctv chief dick schoof said. ‘various dutch or dutch-speaking jihadis have threatened violence against th...




dutch chemicals firm links up with auping to recycle mattresses

in the future, mattresses could all be recycled. photo: depositphotos.comspecialist chemicals company dsm has reached agreement with dutch mattress manufacturer auping to make mattresses 100% recyclable within three years, the financieele dagblad reports.in a joint venture with start-up company niaga, dsm  is going to replace the latex layer used in the mattresses with polyester which will make it easier to recycle.last year the dsm-niaga partnership came up with the technology to completely recycle carpet. it is aiming to make mattresses recyclable by 2020.‘only 3% to 5% of all carpet products in the world is recycl...




amsterdam gears up to settle 900 ema staff plus partners and children

the zuidas business district is still busy in the evening. photo: dutchnews.nlthe news that amsterdam will host the european medicines agency when it leaves london after brexit has been widely welcomed for its impact on both the netherlands’ reputation as a location to do business and the likely knock-on effect on employment.nevertheless, there are considerable issues to solve within the 16 months set aside for the move, officials warn.the decision ‘marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight deadlines… and completed by march 30, 2019,’ the london-based body said after the result of the european ministers’ vote was announced.in particular, the ema has a wo...




health insurance companies 'clone' policies for different prices: consumers group

some health insurance companies are cloning basic health insurance policies and offering them for different prices under different labels, the dutch consumers association consumentenbond said on tuesday.around 1,000 different healthcare policies are currently being offered by 50 different insurance companies and this is creating a policy jungle, the organisation says.insurance companies are not allowed to offer identical policies for different premiums but can get away with it by offering the alternative via a subsidiary company.‘all these identical policies with different names make the supply side unnecessarily confusing for consumers,’ said organisation director bart combée. ‘consumers can chose from 57 different basic insurance pa...




police uniform will not be changed, despite headscarf ruling: minister

photo: rijksoverheid.nlthe dutch police force will remain neutral in appearance in its dealings with the public, justice minister ferdinand grapperhaus has told parliament in the wake of monday’s ruling about an admin worker who wants to wear a headscarf to work.the dutch human rights council said in its ruling that the woman should be able to combine a hijab with police uniform because she had few dealings with the public and those she did have were via a video screen.the ruling, which is not binding, has been interpreted by some as giving the green light to...