15 November 2006 - morning
De Telegraaf, Bos sorry for 'deadly' criticism of CDA health plan
Bos sorry for 'deadly' criticism of CDA health plan
Homes even more expensive
House prices will continue to rise in 2007, the Rabobank has forecast in its quarterly housing market report. Next year, prices are forecast to rise on average 3.5 percent. The price of an average home is EUR 241,000, an increase of 6.2 percent compared with the third quarter of 2005.
Problems with ID checks
The system of compulsory checks of passports and driving licences within businesses is failing. As a result, the Dutch government is missing out on up to EUR 3 billion via its anti-fraud efforts. Companies are barely able to identify forgeries, a survey of temping agencies, the cleaning industry and agriculture firms has found.
Zalm: Balkenende is a scared PM
Christian Democrat CDA Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has become a "frightened prime minister" and avoids difficult or necessary measures because he is scared of the voter, Liberal VVD Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm said.
Hunt for top criminal
Police are searching for top criminal Dino S., an associate of Willem Holleeder. He was meant to be arrested two weeks ago but the operation failed. S. is believed to be abroad.
Confusion around homecare
The feared mass redundancies in the homecare industry will probably not take place. Instead, cleaning companies that perform homecare tasks could encounter massive problems. Cleaning companies are obligated to take on homecare staff who would otherwise find themselves out of work, trade union CNV Publieke Zaak said.
Free newspaper without PcM
PcM Uitgevers has withdrawn from the project of establishing a new free newspaper with entrepreneur Marcel Boekhoorn. The report was confirmed by Boekhoorn. The first edition of the new newspaper will be published at the start of next year.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Banks do battle with stock exchanges
European stock markets will face serious competition from next year, when seven international banks will launch their own stock market. The banks will be able to trade shares for their clients at lower costs on their own stock market.
Thousands without gas or lighting
Thousands of people are again at threat of losing gas and electricity in the winter months, despite a Cabinet promise that after 1 October no households could be cut off from essential services. The legislation ensuring that people would be reconnected to gas and power for the winter months has not yet been enacted.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news