Dutch news in brief, 12 August 2004

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Economy hits donations to charities

Economy hits donations to charities

Charities and good causes in the Netherlands have seen public donations fall by millions due to the sluggish economy. The country's 20 biggest charities saw their combined yields drop by 3.6 percent to EUR 488 million last year. Newspaper De Volkskrant looked at the funding drives by organisations that usually attract EUR 10 million or more in donations. It found in nature and environmental organisations such as Natuurmonumenten (Nature Monuments), the World Nature Fund and Greenpeace saw a cut in income from the public.

Dutch ponder sending jets to Afghanistan

The Netherlands is giving "serious consideration" to a Nato request to supply F-16 fighter jets to help patrol the skies over Afghanistan during the upcoming election, government ministers said in a letter to Parliament on Thursday. Foreign Minister Ben Bot and his colleague at the Defence Ministry, Henk Kamp, said they were also looking at sending a KDC-10 tanker plane. Last week, a group of experts returned from Manas, Kyrgyzstan, where they examined the possibility of using the local military airfield Ganci as a base for the F-16s. Dutch F-16s were based at the base in 2001 and 2002 as part of its contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Dutch minister wants to tax high earners more

The Dutch Minister of Social Affairs Aart Jan De Geus wants to tax the higher income bracket more heavily to compensate for the drop in spending power of people on low incomes, Radio Netherlands reported. The minister wants to take away tax relief on double save-as-you-earn schemes. Figures leaked from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) show that next year the Dutch economy is due to grow more than was expected, but people on low incomes will not profit, losing 2 percent of their spending power.

Seven injured as car drives into crowd

A motorist drove his car into a group of people in Steenwijk, the east of the country on Wednesday night. Seven people were brought to hospital with injuries, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The driver, 27, and a woman passenger in the car were arrested. Police said they received reports of a fight involving about 30 people at 2.10am. Officers went to the scene and witnessed the car driving at high speed into the group standing on the pavement. After the initial impact, some onlookers managed to stop the car and attack the driver. Others assisted the police in ending the melee and arresting the two people in the car.

Southern Europeans flock to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a popular destination for tourists from Southern Europe this year. In the first four months of 2004, the number of tourists from Spain, France and Italy were respectively 18, 14 and 9 percent higher than the same period last year, the Netherlands Bureau for Tourism and Congresses said Thursday.

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