Morning newspapers – 23 October 2007

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The auctioning off of petrol stations along the motorways has not led to more competition in the sector. It hasn't benefited motorists at all, says automotive organisation Bovag in the AD. The government started auctioning off petrol stations in 2002. The idea was to lessen the dominance of the large oil companies, but that has "hardly happened," Bovag says, because newcomers cannot compete with the powerful oil companies. "You just can't get a foot in among them," says smaller brand OK.

The auctioning off of petrol stations along the motorways has not led to more competition in the sector. It hasn't benefited motorists at all, says automotive organisation Bovag in the AD. The government started auctioning off petrol stations in 2002. The idea was to lessen the dominance of the large oil companies, but that has "hardly happened," Bovag says, because newcomers cannot compete with the powerful oil companies. "You just can't get a foot in among them," says smaller brand OK.

Businesses must also store the data from smartphones and handheld computers for the tax authority for seven years. There is hardly a company that satisfies this demand at the moment, the Telegraaf reports. These "pocket offices" hold records of transactions that the tax authority must be able to trace. The tax authority wants to launch an information campaign among businesses to make it clear to them that USB memory sticks, disks and CD ROMs must all be saved as part of their records.

Patients can go to court to demand treatment with expensive medicines to fight cancer, Trouw reports. The medicines are listed in a guideline from the Netherlands Association for Medical Oncologists. Such a guideline has legal significance. Patients who are not being treated with the specific medicines because hospitals find them too expensive can therefore take the matter to court.

The discussion surrounding Rita Verdonk has also led to a rift in the JOVD, the youth organisation of the VVD. The Telegraaf and Volkskrant report on this. The division arose after a report in the Telegraaf that Verdonk was offered a logo for her new party by admirers, among them JOVD deputy chairperson Machteld Vlaanderen. Since it was agreed that the youth organisation would not get involved in the Rutte-Verdonk clash, Vlaanderen had to resign. She now has set up a new political youth organisation, "for right-wing and liberal young people."

The front pages of Volkskrant, Trouw, AD and De Pers all devoted coverage to the fire at the Armando Museum in Amersfoort. Director Gerard de Klein says in the Volkskrant that the museum satisfied all fire safety regulations. "Otherwise we would never have been granted special pieces on loan."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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