Dutch news in brief, 30 May 2006

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Kalou to leave Feyenoord for Chelsea

Kalou to leave Feyenoord for Chelsea

Striker Salomon Kalou is leaving Feyenoord Rotterdam for UK club Chelsea, in a deal announced in London on Tuesday. A native of Ivory Coast, Kalou played 83 times for Feyenoord and scored 42 goals. He is signing on with the English club for four seasons. Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk refused to grant him accelerated naturalisation in order to allow him to play for Holland during the World Cup in Germany in June.

Zalm unveils first budget surplus in years

Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm announced the first budget surplus in six years on Tuesday. There was a surplus of EUR 2 billion, or 0.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product, for April. Although a deficit of 1 percent has been forecast for the full year, Zalm has suggested the improving economic conditions may lead to a surplus.

Verdonk faces quiz on Taida 'illegality'

Parliament wants a letter from Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk this week to respond to the finding she breached privacy rules in relation to Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic. The data protection agency (CBP) said on Monday Verdonk breached the law in February by revealing personal details about the former asylum seeker who re-entered the Netherlands on a tourist visa to complete her schooling. Pasic was forced to leave the country recently after losing her battle to stay. Back in February Verdonk's spokesperson branded Pasic a liar.

JSF could create 10,000 jobs

An estimated 10,000 jobs could be created in Zeeland and Brabant Provinces if the Netherlands gets the maintenance contract for the Europe's fleet of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35), a provincial committee has claimed. The work, if awarded to the Netherlands, would be carried out in Woensdrecht.

Cities team up on youth unemployment

The 34 largest local authorities have come together in a bid to place 13,000 young people without work or qualifications in a special apprenticeship. A conference in Rotterdam heard on Tuesday that the municipalities, ROC educational institutes, employers and unions are working together to tackle the hardcore of jobless youth aged 16 to 23.

Dutch held for drug smuggling

Two Dutch people have been arrested in the Dominican Republic after 32,900 Ecstasy pills were allegedly found in a false bottom of a suitcase. The man, 47, and a woman, 48, were detained at the airport in the northern city of Puerto Plata. There are 45 Dutch people in jail in the Dominican Republic, mainly for importing Ecstasy or trying to smuggle cocaine back to the Netherlands.

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