Dutch news in brief, 24 April 2006

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Tax cuts for business, The government has put forward a proposal to lower the income tax rate that some small businesses have to pay from a maximum of 52 to 47.3 percent. The cabinet backed the draft legislation, the Finance Ministry said on Sunday. It was announced on Friday that the rate of corporate tax is being cut from 29.6 to 25 percent. The rate on profits of EUR 20,000 or less drops from 27 to 20 percent.

Tax cuts for business

The government has put forward a proposal to lower the income tax rate that some small businesses have to pay from a maximum of 52 to 47.3 percent. The cabinet backed the draft legislation, the Finance Ministry said on Sunday. It was announced on Friday that the rate of corporate tax is being cut from 29.6 to 25 percent. The rate on profits of EUR 20,000 or less drops from 27 to 20 percent. 

Rutte more popular with non-VVD voters

Immigration and Integration Minster Rita Verdonk is the front runner within the grassroots Liberal Party (VVD) in next month's election to pick the VVD's political leader. According to a survey by pollster Maurice de Hond, 62 percent of VVD supporters back Verdonk while her main rival, Education junior minister Mark Rutte, is favoured by 32 percent of VVD members. Rutte is more popular among non-VVD voters, with 42 percent preferring him and 34 percent backing Verdonk.

80,000 bees saved in burning barn
 
Timely intervention by the Fire Department in Emmeloord saved an estimated 80,000 bees from being burnt to death in a blazing barn on Sunday. Fire fighters extinguished the flames before the heat and smoke enveloped the four hives of about 20,000 bees each. The bees have been moved to a new location.

ANZAC Day in Amsterdam

Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) and the Kiwi Expat Association Netherlands are hosting a special event in Amsterdam on 25 April, to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who took part in the disastrous landing at Gallipoli on the Turkish Aegean coast in 1915 and other battles. "ANZAC Day is a public holiday in both countries and a time for family and friends to get together. We hope to do the same in Amsterdam," Vanessa Felton of ABIE said. The social evening takes place in Coco's Outback Bar & Restaurant, Thorbeckeplein 8-12 in Amsterdam from 6.30-9.30pm on Tuesday. Contact Tip Atkins Moore at ABIE members@abie.nl

Feyenoord fans still held

About 10 Feyenoord Rotterdam supporters were still in custody on Monday on suspicion of throwing stones or damaging property after the Feyenoord-Ajax Amsterdam football match in Rotterdam at the weekend. Police arrested a total of 425 Feyenoord fans on Sunday, but most were released after paying fines.

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