Dutch news in brief, 30 August 2005

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Budget plans revealed to stop "tall stories"

Budget plans revealed to stop "tall stories"

The centre-right coalition government took the decision to reveal the main financial plans for 2006 before Budget Day to prevent "tall stories" circulating, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Monday. He said he did not want false expectations to develop in relation to plans to boost purchasing power. Balkenende was responding to criticism by ChristenUnie party leader André Rouvoet who said it was "not chic" that the plans were made public prior to Queen Beatrix outlining them on Budget Day.

Hague gives Palestinians EUR 500,000

The government in The Hague has donated EUR 500,000 for the purchase of 50 all-terrain vehicles for the Palestinian Authority's security services. The Palestinian security services require tents, ambulances, communication equipment and vehicles and a special commission with Palestinian, US and EU representatives will oversee the allocation of money donated for the purchase of the equipment.

Man killed in Beverwijk shooting

One man died and another man was seriously wounded in a shooting at a shed in Beverwijk on Tuesday. The identity of the dead man and the motive for the incident were not known by Tuesday afternoon. A police helicopter was used to search the area for the killer.

Supermarkets cut back on new products

The number of new products introduced by supermarkets has dropped sharply in the first six months of this year. A study by consultants IRI Nederland has found that 750 new products were introduced by supermarkets since January, down 17 percent on the same period in 2004. As a result new flavours and improved versions of products are not reaching the public.

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