Dutch news in brief, 21 March 2005

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Caution over World Bank nominee

Caution over World Bank nominee

The Netherlands has responded cautiously to the nomination last week of Paul Wolfowitz — regarded as the architect of the US invasion of Iraq — as President of the World Bank. Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm said the Netherlands would have preferred a wider field of candidates, but denied the reservations were due to Wolfowitz's link to the invasion of Iraq. Several EU countries are reportedly critical of Wolfowitz's nomination, but they are not expected to veto his appointment. Zalm also said The Netherlands will judge Wolfowitz on his credentials.

Fat tax 'too complicated'

Finance State Secretary Joop Wijn has said a proposed tax on fatty food is "completely impracticable" and it would be useless to research the introduction of such a tax. Wijn was reacting to recent comments by Health Minister Hoogervorst, who said he was in favour of taxing unhealthy food. The Council for Public Health has pleaded for some time for such a tax, claiming it will assist the fight against obesity, especially among children. But Wijn said it is difficult to determine how much tax can be placed on individual products, asserting also that it should not be quickly assumed that taxes can solve bad habits.
Man killed in port accident

A man was crushed and killed at the Rotterdam port on Monday morning after he was trapped under fallen steel plates. The accident occurred at a site on the Theemsweg. The cause of the accident is not yet known, police said.

Accident delays on A2

A 29km traffic jam built up on the A2 motorway near Utrecht at 8am on Monday after two of the three Amsterdam-bound lanes were closed. The delays were caused after several cars collided with each other. An LPG tank of one of the vehicles was damaged, forcing the road's partial closure at 7.30am. No one was injured in the accident. Traffic delays were also reported on the A12 motorway.

Boys arrested for train prank

A train driver detained two youths aged eight and 11 on Sunday after they threw a bike onto the train tracks. The driver handed the boys over to railway police. The train had earlier driven over the bike near the station Bussum-Zuid. The damage to the train and the resulting delay was minor.

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