Dutch news in brief, 10 March 2006

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Fewer 'import brides', There was a drop last year in the number of people coming to the Netherlands to marry a Dutch citizen, Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Friday. The number of partner applications fell by a quarter in 2005 compared with the year before. The Dutch government has worked hard to limit the practice among some Muslim communities in which men marry a woman from the 'old country'.

Fewer 'import brides'

There was a drop last year in the number of people coming to the Netherlands to marry a Dutch citizen, Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Friday. The number of partner applications fell by a quarter in 2005 compared with the year before. The Dutch government has worked hard to limit the practice among some Muslim communities in which men marry a woman from the 'old country'.

Activists plant trees

Environmentalist group 'Milieudefensie' planted 45 trees in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht in protest at the sale of illegal wood in the Netherlands. Six of the activists were arrested while planting trees.

Magnets used to steal electricity

Cannabis growers are increasingly using magnets to manipulate electricity metres to obtain free power, a spokesperson for EnergieNed said on Friday. The magnets can be ordered over the internet. Huge amounts of energy are consumed by the lamps used to cultivate the illegal crops in the attics of houses and in warehouses in the Netherlands.

Storm erupts over Essent salary

The salary earned by Michiel Boersma, the boss of energy company Essent, has caused a storm once again. Boersma earned over EUR 800,000 in 2005, inclusive a bonus of EUR 217,000. There was much criticism last year when it emerged he earned EUR 821,000 inclusive a bonus of EUR 161,000 in 2004. His counterparts at other major Dutch energy companies earned similar figures. Trade union group CNV called on Essent's shareholders on Friday to reign in Boersma's salary. Labour Party MP Ferd plans to raise the matter in parliament next week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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