Dutch news in brief, 4 April 2006
Councillor resigns over slanderous remarks
Amersfoort councillor Ramon Smits Alvarez resigned on Tuesday.The former leader of the local branch of the Labour Party (PvdA) made accusations earlier this year against Hans van Wegen of the Burger Partij (Citizens Party) Amersfoort. One of the suggestions was that Van Wegen was involved in paedophilia. Smits Alvarez said he was “very sorry about his outbursts” and he had written to Van Wegen to apologise for the untrue accusations.
Body found after fan goes missing
Police and Fire Brigade officers removed the body of a man from the Vliet waterway in Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A police spokesperson confirmed later it was the body of the supporter of PSV Eindhoven who was reported missing on Saturday evening. Police began dredging the water on Monday night as part of the search for the 25-year-old football supporter.
Sharp rise in e-commerce sales
Sales of products and services via electronic networks (e-commerce) has risen sharply in the last few years. Dutch companies generated 10 percent of their sales through e-commerce in 2004, up from 4 percent in 2000. Large companies have profited the most from e-commerce, according to a report by newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’.
Bankruptcy levels remain unchanged
Some 2,432 companies went bankrupt in the first quarter of 2006, credit management firm Graydon said on Tuesday. In the same period last year, 2,453 companies went bankrupt. Graydon had announced earlier that no big changes were expected. Next to this, almost 4000 individuals and owners of one-men businesses have used a debt restructuring process. Graydon expects a total of about 10,000 bankrupts and 15,000 debt restructurings in 2006. This will cost EUR 3.7 billion and some 75,000 jobs.
Amsterdam gets left-wing executive
Amsterdsam has a totally left-wing executive for the first time in 16 years. The Labour Party (PvdA) and green-left Party GroenLinks announced on Tuesday they had reached agreement on a coalition to run the city for the next four years. Lodewijk Asscher, leader of the PvdA, and Maarten Van Poelgeest, leader of GroenLinks signed the deal after two weeks of negotiating. The programme of the two parties is called People Make Amsterdam (Mensen Maken Amsterdam). It emphasises opposing poverty, more chances for children and investments in air quality, nature, economics and safety. They want to spend EUR 50 million annually on their programme. This is the first time in 16 years the Liberal Party (VVD) isn’t part of Amsterdam’s executive committee.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news