Dutch morning news 5 September 2007

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Dutch morning news 5 September 2007

Dutch morning news 5 September 2007

Netherlands Railways (NS) will reduce train services next year. This will cause extreme delays for train passengers, De Telegraaf writes. ProRail, responsible for the railway infrastructure, will no longer allow trains to run on tracks along which inspections and repairs are carried out. Until now trains could run slowly past repair works. “No trains at all will run at locations where inspections are being carried out,”  a spokesperson for the NS said. ProRail wants to put the safety of track workers first. “We want to eliminate the risk of accidents or even fatalities.”

Eighteen presidents of universities and two executives of schools for higher professional education were paid salaries last year that exceeded the Balkenende-norm of EUR 171,000 (the salary the Dutch prime minister earns and which should not be exceeded by anyone working in the public sector). This emerged from a survey conducted by the General Education Union (Algemene onderwijsbond ), De Volkskrant reported. Minister of Education Ronald Plasterk wants to enforce the Balkenende-norm more strictly. The president of the University of Utrecht earns the most: EUR 160,000 and EUR 151,000 for pension provisions.

The government should tighten its grip on the salaries of executives in the semi-public sector. Former liberal party VVD leader Hans Dijkstal, who chairs a government advisory commission, has made this recommendation to the cabinet, De Volkskrant reported. Dijkstal recommends implementing three remuneration regimes. The Balkenende-norm should apply to executives in secondary and higher education and to public broadcasters. The more flexible regimes should apply to institutions that have more scope to determine the salaries,  for example De Nederlansche Bank (Netherlands Central Bank), hospitals and housing corporations.

Pupils at primary schools should attend school from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The MOgroep, the lobby group for child care, suggested this in the AD. The MOgroep feels that the after-school care should be organised more efficiently; there will then be more time for after-school activities. “In the current situation children come in in dribs and drabs between 2.30 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. and some children are already picked up at 4.30 p.m. This does not leave much time for fun activities,” said Leny Versteeg of the child care department of the MOgroep.

Every day, more cabinet plans that traditionally should be unveiled on Budget Day, the third day of September (Prinjesdag), are now appearing in the news. De Telegraaf reports that new deductibles in healthcare insurance will rise from EUR 150 to EUR 175. The deductibles are to replace the no-claim scheme that was introduced only 2 years ago. .

The anonymous donor who is paying for the expensive treatment of an anorexia patient in Sweden is a lottery winner. Trouw reports the story of entrepreneur Frank Verbeek fromApeldoorn whose sister died three years ago of anorexia at the age of 33. The sister’s health insurance company refused to have her treated in a clinic abroad. Six months after her death Verbeek won EUR 7 million in the lottery. I knew immediately that I had won the lottery not just like that but with a purpose.” Verbeek will pay EUR 150,000, the amount needed for the treatment of anorexia patient Saskia van Ruiten in a Swedish clinic. She recently appeared on the ‘Hart van Nederland’ TV programme of commercial broadcaster SBS6.

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