Dutch news in brief, 3 May 2005

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Furore over commission salaries

Furore over commission salaries

The Liberal VVD, Democrat D66 and green-left GroenLinks have criticised the high salaries paid to the chiefs of advisory commissions. They said on Tuesday that guidelines should be re-assessed and salaries reduced. The criticism was sparked after it revealed the chairman of the integration commission PAVEM, Paul Rosenmoller, was paid EUR 70,000 per year for one day's work each week. The two-year-old commission will be disbanded shortly.

Man arrested for Wilders threat

Police arrested a 23-year-old Rotterdam man on Tuesday on charges of threatening MP Geert Wilders. Various photos of the MP have appeared in public places in The Hague and Rotterdam in recent weeks. Candles and wreaths were placed at the photos to signify that the MP had been murdered. Wilders is known for his strong criticism of the Islamic faith.

Dutch holidays less popular

Just three million Dutch people have decided to spend the summer holidays in the Netherlands, 9 percent fewer than last year, research bureau CVO said on Tuesday. CVO van der Most said the wet summer of 2004 is still fresh in people's memories. Low prices for international flights are also playing a role. France is the most popular destination. About 1.6 million will head to France, 800,000 to Spain and more than 600,000 to Germany.

Safe-sex campaign at nightclubs

Young adults are to carry out spot checks at nightclubs and cafés in the largest cities in coming weeks to test for the availability of condom machines. cafés and discos that have a condom-vending machine, they will be given a safe-sex sticker to put in the window of their establishment. The plan is part of a safe-sex campaign from anti-STD group Soa Aids Nederland. The campaign is aimed primarily at youths aged 13-19. Soa Aids Nederland believes it is important to get people who are sexually active into the the habit of using condoms at a young age.

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