Dutch news in brief, 17 March 2005

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Dutch failing to cut paperwork

Dutch failing to cut paperwork

The aim of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to cut the administrative burden on businesses by 25 percent has yet to be realised, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Almost two years after the Dutch government announced the pledge, few in the Netherlands have noticed the pile of paperwork shrinking, the Dutch employers federation VNO-NCW said. "It is most important that the government is honest in its communications and does not present things as being better or running faster than they really are," VNO-NCW expert on deregulation Fries Heinis said. He cautioned the government against raising expectations, pointing out that success at ministerial level had yet to filter through to businesses.

Police free woman from house

A woman, 38, has been freed by police after she was held in a house in Dongen against her will for three days. A man, 34, has been arrested on suspicion of falsely imprisoning her. Her friend who had not heard from the victim in days raised the alarm. Police officers went and forced the door of her bedroom to free her, news site nu.nl reported.

British PM urged to go Dutch

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been urged by a new report to adopt the model used by the Dutch government to assess the cost of regulation and in the process boost economic growth by GBP 16 billion (EUR 23 billion) and save British companies GBP 7.5 billion a year, the Guardian newspaper has reported. In a letter presented to the prime minister on the morning of Chancellor Gordon Brown's budget on Wednesday, the Better Regulation Task Force called for a systematic measurement of the cost of regulation and set a target for reducing the cost by May 2006. Blair commissioned the taskforce — set up in 1997 under the auspices of the Cabinet Office — to look at the Dutch model in October 2004.

Chilean president to visit Netherlands

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife, Luisa Durán de Lagos, are to pay an official visit to the Netherlands on Monday 4 April. In the morning, Queen Beatrix will receive the President at Noordeinde Palace. After a visit to the International Criminal Court, the president will meet Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, followed by the presidents of the Dutch House of Representatives and the Senate, the government information service RVD said on Thursday.

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