Friday 22 November 2019




Minister wrong on Islamic school funding

Education minister Arie Slob has been told by the highest Dutch administrative court that it cannot stop funding for Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school. Slob wanted to stop funding for the Cornelius Haga Lyceum because the school had failed to appoint an acceptable interim administrator. But the Council of State said that Slob would have been breaking his ministry’s own rules if he switched off the funding in one go. The rules state that funding can only be stopped altogether... More >




Ivana Smit death to be looked at again

The investigation into the death of a Dutch teenage model in Malaysia is being reopened following an appeal court ruling that a third party was involved in her death. The lawyer for Ivana Smit’s family said on Twitter that the Malaysian appeal court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah has upheld their appeal and that the case must now be looked at again. ‘The family is relieved that justice for Ivana will be done,’ he told Dutch media in an initial reaction.... More >



Ministers put €2bn into infrastructure

Ministers have put together a €2bn package of infrastructure improvements and new housing projects in their latest multi-year spatial planning plan (MIRT). The MIRT projects cover the entire country and involve work on roads, railways, tunnesl and bridges as well as public transport improvements. They include a high-speed train link to the north of the country, road improvements to the A7 and A8 between Amsterdam and Noord-Holland and a 9,000 new home development near Utrecht with its own railway station.... More >


'Do something' for welfare plan under fire

Local authorities and the government’s SCP think-tank have criticised the government’s plan to make sure people claiming welfare benefits ‘do something’ in return for their money. Junior social affairs minister Tamara van Ark told MPs earlier this week that local authorities will have to make sure that everyone claiming welfare benefits either works for their money, gets training or is actively being helped to find a job. A the moment councils, which are responsible for welfare benefits (bijstand), take different... More >



RTL switches off reality dating show

Commercial broadcaster RTL has dropped its reality dating soap De Villa after this week’s show included two scenes in which participants ‘crossed the line of sexually acceptable behaviour’. Both scenes took place at night and involved a male participant trying to persuade an unwilling female cast member to have sex. The broadcast led to a large number of comments on social media as well as formal complaints. RTL said after the broadcast that had suspended the show and also withdrawn... More >





Half of Dutch in work until pension age

Half of people in the Netherlands are in work until reaching the state retirement age but those with higher levels of education are more likely to have a job, a new CBS analysis shows. The statistics office bases its finding on the income source people had in the year before their retirement in 2016, when the state pension age was 65. Of this group, half had paid work on retiring, while 21% had no income from work or benefits, for... More >






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