Dutch news in brief, Thursday 28 May 2009
Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.
Interior minister's attempt at equality among appointment fails
Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has suffered another setback in her attempts to promote women and minority candidates to senior positions in the Dutch police, reports de Telegraaf.
The selection committee of the province of Zeeland police force has rejected a 'top candidate' nominated by the interior ministry.
Eveline Rutten, currently working as a senior officer in the Kennemerland police force, was not suitable for such a senior post, said the Zeeland police.
In rejecting this candidate, the committee ignored the interior minister's demand that the next corps commander to be appointed should be either a woman or someone from a minority group.
Earlier, the minister blocked the appointment of a white male corps commander in the town of Dordrecht because she insisted that in the case of two equally suitable candidates, either the female or the male minority candidate should be appointed.
Ter Horst was forced to back down as the result of widespread criticism in parliament and the lack of a suitable alternative candidate.
However, she said that if a male candidate was appointed, the next senior position should definitely go to a woman or a minority candidate.
However, there is widespread irritation among senior police officers that eminently suitable male candidates no longer have a chance of being appointed to top positions.
The interior ministry has refused to comment on the latest development.
Amsterdam University to return stolen art to Madrid museum
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has announced it will return 11 drawings of plants and animals from the 18th century to the Madrid museum of natural history.
According to de Volkskrant, the drawings were stolen from the museum in the early 1980s. They served as sketches for a catalogue named Thesaurus which was published by the Amsterdam pharmacist Albertus Seba (1665-1736) who was famous for his collection of dried plants and stuffed animals - mostly reptiles and insects - from all over the world.
The university bought the drawings from a British art dealer, but research by the then library curator showed they came from the collection belonging to the Madrid museum.
The university's decision to return the drawings is highly unusual, as in recent years the museum world has been involved in a heated discussion on how to deal with objects of dubious origin.
In the past, the Allard Pierson Museum, which houses the archeological collection of the UvA, has repeatedly faced accusations that objects in its collection were acquired through illegal trade.
Now, the UvA wants to make clear it does not wish to own objects with a 'tainted' history.
Dutch wants to restrict immigration: poll
A large-scale opinion poll shows most Dutch people still do not care much about 'Brussels'.
Nrc.next reports while the Dutch want increased cooperation with other European countries, they don’t want Brussels to become any more powerful than it already is.
The researchers who carried out the poll made the following conclusions: "The powers of the European Union should not be expanded", and "There is no support for the EU ambition for wider European integration.”
The poll shows that more than half of those interviewed actually want to reverse European integration in a number of areas.
More than 50 percent polled want the number of workers from other EU countries such as Poles and Romanians to be limited even if that meant higher prices for products and services.
Nrc.next writes the outcome of the opinion poll is hardly surprising as a wide majority rejected the draft EU constitution in a referendum held in 2005.
The paper partly blames the anti-EU sentiment on the lack of debate. Up until five years ago, politicians avoided any discussion on Europe.
Political Communication Professor Claes de Vreese said politicians are now facing the consequences. "By almost consistently refusing to have any debate on how to proceed with European unification, the Dutch debate on Europe has yet to develop".
Stricter rules for TV programmes at hospitals
AD reports the Council for Public Health and Health Care (RVZ), one of the government's main advisory bodies, said there are not enough safeguards for the privacy of patients who may be caught on film by health programmes-makers in the hospital.
As part of their job, the filming crew of health programmes may follow paramedics and doctors at hospital emergency rooms and shoot footage of patients who are just brought in.
"People who are brought into an emergency room are so stressed out, they cannot weigh the pros and cons when they see a camera,” said RVZ Chair Rien Meijerink.
In addition many programme-makers ask the doctor or nurse for permission, so patients are inclined to think it's all right.
Patients are then shocked to find out that footage is re-used in a different context or placed on the internet.
In a report, both the RVZ and patient federation NPCF want stricter rules, including a ban on filming patients who are unconscious.
Doctors should no longer mediate between programme-makers and patients because it potentially compromises doctor-patient confidentiality and professional secrecy.
However, a spokesperson for the Dutch Hospitals Association says hospitals are very conscientious about safeguarding the privacy of their patients.
Amber alert for kidnapped seven-year-old girl
A photograph of a message board along the A1 motorway informing motorists about a kidnapped girl is printed on AD.
On the board, there is the AMBER Alert logo, with a picture of the girl in question and the announcement: Kidnapped from Ede. Another message board reads: Katja Leendertz, seven years old, Gray Opel Zafira 57-XF-??
Katja was abducted from a playground at a primary school. Other children watched her being pushed into a car by a man who called her by her name. Police suspect that her father may be involved in the abduction.
An AMBER Alert is a child abduction alert bulletin which was first introduced in the US in 1996. AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial radio stations, satellite radio, television stations, and cable TV, as well as via e-mail and electronic traffic signs.
This is the second time an AMBER Alert has been issued in the Netherlands since it was first introduced in November 2008.
Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica