Dutch news in brief, 6 July 2005

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Partial A27 closure snarls holiday traffic

Partial A27 closure snarls holiday traffic

The closure of the A27 between the Hooipolder and Gorinchem junctions will ensure delays for drivers this weekend.

School holidays begin this weekend for more than 825,000 people in the south of the country.

Of them, 375,000 will stay in the Netherlands for holidays and 450,000 will travel abroad, the ANWB said on Wednesday.

Roads around Arnhem will be busy because of concerts by UK rock band Coldplay on Thursday and Anastacia on Friday.

Near The Hague, the North Sea Jazz Festival will cause still more traffic.

Veerman threatened to step down

Agriculture Minister Veerman’s political future was hanging by a thread on Friday. The politician threatened to step down in the weekly meeting of the Cabinet if his fellow ministers chose to back UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s move to cut European agriculture subsidies, according to an interview published on Wednesday.

“I almost stopped being minister,” the Agrarisch Dagblad quoted Veerman as saying. Despite resistance from other cabinet members, the minister said, he held his ground.

You have to draw the line somewhere. Now and then it’s necessary,” he was quoted as saying. Veerman had previously called his position into question over the same matter in the Lower House. 

Pot growers stay on the dole

Marijuana growers on social security often retain their benefits even after being caught by the police.

Most police forces do not forward offenders’ details to the social security agency UWV or to the tax office.

The Algemeen Dagblad newspaper surveyed the 25 Dutch police forces and found that only five (Amsterdam-Amstelland, Limburg-Zuid, Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Utrecht and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen) reported pot growers immediately to the Belastingdienst. These five and the Kennemerland police also notify the UWV and the municipality.

Quarter of a million cars recycled

Companies belonging to the organisation Auto Recycling Nederland (ARN) last year dismantled 250.495 old cars cars for recycling. More than 85 percent of car parts can be reused, industry association Rai said on Wednesday in its magazine, ‘Rai Voorrang’.

The number of cars salvaged for recycling has dropped by 6 percent since 2003. ARN attributes the fall to more discarded automobiles being taken out of the country for a new life abroad.

The Dutch are also keeping their cars for longer. The average age of a discarded car rose to 15.3 years in 2004 from 14.9 years in 2003. The recycling industry aims to be reclaiming 95 percent of parts from old cars by 2007.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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