Dutch news in brief, Tuesday 15 December 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

Amsterdam new North-South Line should not be given green light
De Volkskrant reported on the construction of Amsterdam's new metro link, the North-South Line, and said that the city council should never have given the project the green light in 2002.

It was due to be completed in 2011, but it is now hoped that it will be completed in 2017. The estimated final cost has more than doubled from EUR 1.4 billion to well over EUR 3 billion.

The paper reported that the Amsterdam council understated the technical, logistical and financial risks in order to go ahead with the project. The report said the council should have sought expert advice on their plans and paid more attention to the inconvenience it would cause local residents.

Geert Dales, the officer who pushed the project through council meetings, has been singled out for blame. The report also suggested the role of the mayor as overseer of major council decisions be reviewed.

Terrorist threat in the Netherlands recedes
NRC.next reported the threat to the Netherlands from extremist Islamic networks appears to be receding. The report said there is less danger of attacks on government targets, politicians and people in the public eye according to Dutch AIVD intelligence service

The paper attributed this to radical Dutch Muslims going abroad to attend terrorist training camps or to fight  in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Somalia.

de Volkskrant reported Erik Akerboom, the national anti-terrorism co-ordinator, has reduced the official level of threat from substantial to limited, as front page news. International jihadist organisations and Al-Qaeda terrorist networks are also said to be less common in the Netherlands.  

Parents struggle to bring up kids

AD reported  more than 50 percent of parents find it difficult to keep their adolescents in line. One in five parents have trouble bringing up their kids according to the national review of Youth Minister André Rouvoet.

The report said many problems are with computers, as parents are unable to tell whether children are playing games or doing homework.

Most parents said they trust their children to keep to the rules, but if that trust is breached, there appeared to be few sanctions. According to review: 61 percent of parents said they talk to their kids about their behaviour, while 47 percent said they gave them a warning.

Rouvoet said the more parents know about things such as the internet, the easier it will be to apply the right rules.

Christmas celebrations for the elderly
De Telegraaf reported on the Christmas charity campaign it is sponsoring together with the broadcaster, Omroep Max. The campaign is aimed at lessening Yuletide loneliness among the elderly and was launched by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

The paper said the minister rearranged his weekly audience with Queen Beatrix to kick off the charity event at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. Balkenende told his audience: "You have brought up the Netherlands. Society is given a heart when people are there for each other."

His speech was followed by a show which included 92-year-old Annie de Reuver singing the song; Just look right into my eyes.

According to De Telegraaf, part of the proceeds will pay for Christmas dinners for the elderly throughout the nation over the next few days.

Copenhagen conference emits heaps of CO2
Trouw reported on its front page, that the Copenhagen climate conference is emitting CO2 emissions equal to the annual total caused by 660,000 people in Ethiopia or 2,300 residents of the United States.

The paper said that the plane journeys of most of the heads of state and government, ministers, officials, journalists and lobbyists resulted in the release of about 40,500 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The report said while Denmark has attempted to limit the emissions caused by the meeting, the provision of transport, meals, computers and other facilities for representatives in Copenhagen, will result in 5,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.  

Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica

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