Dutch news in brief, 28 September 2005

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MPs worry about border controls

MPs worry about border controls

MPs expressed major concerns on Wednesday after the national audit office, Algemene Rekenkamer, warned serious deficiencies in relation to border checks. Measures drawn up by the government in light of the September 11 terror attacks in the US have not been fully implemented, the audit office said in its report. Parliamentarians called on the government to draw up a concrete plan of action before Christmas.

Cable subscriptions 'are not too expensive'

Cable companies UPC and Casema do not charge exorbitant tariffs for their standard radio and television packages, competition watchdog NMa said on Wednesday. The NMa came to the conclusion after an in-depth investigation of the performance of both companies. Having looked at the fees charged by Casema and UPC for their standard packages in the last few years. While the firms increased their tariffs in the last three years, this did not mean there was not a healthy relationship between the cable operators costs and income, the NMA said.

Reward generates kidnap tips

Dozens of tips have been received about the kidnapping of millionaire's daughter Claudia Melchers earlier this month, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday. The victim's father, Hans Melchers, published an advert in national newspapers, offering EUR 1 million leading to the arrest of the gang responsible for the abduction. Claudia Melchers was released after two days and investigators arrested two men in Gelderland this week.

Katrina adds more cents to petrol prices

Market leader Shell increased the recommended price for vehicle fuel on Wednesday by 2 cents. A litre of Euro now costs EUR 1.485 at the petrol pump and Super Plus has risen to EUR 1.539. Diesel stands at EUR 1.119 per litre. The increases relate to the continued pressure on the international crude oil market due to the damage caused to refining capacity in the US by Hurricane Katrina.

Increase kilometre allowance, says union

Companies should be allowed to compensate staff tax-free up to 28 cents per kilometre travelled on business, trade union FNV said on Wednesday. Currently, the maximum travel allowance is 18 cents per kilometre. But due to rising fuel costs, employees are paying for travelling on company business.

Suspects held after robbery

The police in Heeze in Brabant Province arested three men after a massive search for the gang that carried out a robbery at a supermarket in nearby Geldrop on Wednesday. A helicopter and plane were used in the search for the car, alleged used by the criminals, was stopped by police. Three men managed to escape but the suspects were arrested a short time later in a house in Heeze.

HEMA staff to strike

Staff at department store HEMA are going to go on strike to force a breakthough in the talks over a new pay and conditions agreement (CA), union FNV Bondgenoten announced on Wednesday. The negotiations on the workplace agreement have been going on for 18 months and the management wants to prune secondary benefits for employees.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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