Dutch news in brief, 24 May 2005

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Shift in Dutch naval focus, Defence Minister Henk Kamp wants the navy to jettison several large frigates and replace them with smaller vessels which can be used to patrol the coast. The plans are in line with Parliament wishes and represent a shift away from sea power towards providing support for land operations. Kamp is discussing his plans with MPs on Tuesday.

Shift in Dutch naval focus

Defence Minister Henk Kamp wants the navy to jettison several large frigates and replace them with smaller vessels which can be used to patrol the coast. The plans are in line with Parliament wishes and represent a shift away from sea power towards providing support for land operations. Kamp is discussing his plans with MPs on Tuesday.

Beatrix visits Limburg province

Queen Beatrix visited Maastricht, Simpelveld and Kerkrade in the southern province of Limburg on Tuesday as part of her silver jubilee celebrations. The Dutch monarch previously visited the provinces of Groningen and Utrecht. Beatrix is visiting every Dutch province to celebrate her 25th year of rule. The Queen was greeted by five protestors in Maastricht who were demonstrating against Beatrix's non-appearance at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The protestors shouted: "Long live the Republic".

Referendum ruling pending

A judge in The Hague will hand down a ruling on Wednesday afternoon in a case lodged against the Dutch State by opponents to the EU Constitution. The No Constitution Committee claimed on Tuesday the allocation of EUR 3.5 million in funding to the government's 'yes' campaign was unlawful. The committee claims Dutch law only allows EUR 1 million to be allocated on government campaigns. However, the government's attorney pointed out the Parliament did not think the Cabinet was operating illegally and stressed it is the job of MPs and not a foundation to keep the government in line.

Holiday money is for holidays!

Almost 50 percent of Dutch workers spend their May holiday money actually on a holiday. One in four put the money in a savings account and 17 percent use it for unforeseen expenses. Just 1 percent uses the money for retirement savings. The findings were based on a survey of 700 Dutch residents conducted by research bureau TNS NIPO on commission from pension insurer Zwitserleven.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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