Dutch news in brief, 8 June 2005

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WAO reform lacks support, It looks increasingly doubtful that the government will achieve its aim of implementing a major reform of the worker disability pension scheme (WAO) on 1 January 2006, news agency ANP reported. The draft legislation which would introduce the changes has failed to win the support of Parliament or the social partners, unions and employers. The coalition government party, the Liberal VVD, is said to have lost faith in the plan drawn up by Christian Democrat CDA Social Affairs Ministe

WAO reform lacks support

It looks increasingly doubtful that the government will achieve its aim of implementing a major reform of the worker disability pension scheme (WAO) on 1 January 2006, news agency ANP reported. The draft legislation which would introduce the changes has failed to win the support of Parliament or the social partners, unions and employers. The coalition government party, the Liberal VVD, is said to have lost faith in the plan drawn up by Christian Democrat CDA Social Affairs Minister Aart Jan de Geus. MPs of the coalition partners CDA and D66 also want to make changes to key points of the legislative proposal. This emerged on Wednesday when the opposition parties called for an emergency debate on the WAO on Thursday.

CPB cuts economic forecast also

The Dutch economic recovery is proving to be a bit of a rainbow, with the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) reducing its growth forecast to 0.5 percent on Wednesday. It had initially forecast 1 percent growth in 2005. The CPB followed the Dutch reserve bank DNB which cut its forecast to 0.4 percent from an 1.7 percent on Wednesday.
 
Nijmegen wants ethnic quotas

The city of Nijmegen wants to set quotas on the numbers of native Dutch people and immigrants in the city's districts, Radio Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The city council is looking into the possibility of assigning council houses on the basis of applicants' ethnic background. The measure is intended to prevent the city being split into exclusively white and black districts.

Normal train traffic to resume

Train traffic to and from Amsterdam remained disrupted on Wednesday due to repair works to the line after a freight train derailed on Monday night. However, rail network authority ProRail said trains will start running on the normal timetable from Thursday morning. The NS operated with 25 percent of its normal amount of trains on Wednesday, but delays were about 15 minutes.

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