Dutch news in brief, 31 August 2006

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Netherlands offer EUR 6 million for Lebanon

Netherlands offer EUR 6 million for Lebanon

The Netherlands is offering EUR 6 million at the international donor conference for Lebanon in Stockholm. EUR 4 million is intended for the clearance and disposal of unexploded munitions in Lebanon. The other EUR 2 million will be earmarked for humanitarian assistance, Dutch Aid Minister Agnes van Ardenne said on Thursday. The Swedish organisers said more than 60 countries and international organisations are taking part in the conference and it is hoped EUR 390 million in aid will be pledged.

Bureaucratic glitch delays Theo's statue

Council officials in the east of Amsterdam insist that the unveiling of the monument to murdered film director Theo Van Gogh must be delayed because of a problem with the application for the construction permit. 'De Schreeuw' (shout or scream), made by artist Jeroen Henneman, was to be unveiled on 7 September. It will take four months to get the paperwork in order, Oost/Watergraafsmeer district council said.

Splitting of housing corporations unlikely

Housing Minister Sybilla Dekker (Liberal VVD) has signalled she is ready to drop her plans for a complete separation of the commercial and social activities of the country's housing corporations. "She believes a legal division is the best option but she naturally has parliament to contend with," her spokesperson said. A large majority of MPs, made up of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrats and the main opposition Labour Party (PvdA) opposes Dekker's plan.

Socialists accept Nato membership

The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) is dropping its opposition to Dutch membership of the Nato military alliance. Socialist MP Harry van Bommel said his party's election manifesto would not include a demand the Netherlands leave Nato. The party wants to work instead to change Nato from within. The SP argue that Nato has changed from being a classic defence organisation to being a sort of international police power. "We believe this is wrong," Van Bommel said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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