Dutch news in brief - 29 January

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Minister Verdonk released from hospital

Minister Verdonk released from hospital

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk was released from the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague on Wednesday and is now recovering at home. Verdonk was admitted to hospital earlier this week after complaining of feeling unwell. She hopes to return to work as soon as possible. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has temporarily assumed her duties.

OM to prosecute seven public servants

The Public Prosecution Office (OM) said on Thursday it will prosecute seven public servants as investigations into the building fraud scandal continue. The Dutch government was defrauded of millions of euros in recent years as construction companies entered into illegal cartels and inflated prices for infrastructure projects. Several companies have already been singled out for prosecution.

Watchdog forces airline to delay ticket sales

Travellers can no longer book flights via the website of new budget airline JetSky after the company agreed to demands from consumer watchdog Consumentenbond at the threat of Thursday-scheduled legal action.

The consumer organisation and travel bureau association ANVR recently warned travelers against booking flights with the airline, claiming that the company was still being set up and did not yet have the necessary landing and take-off permits.

The company initially wanted to start operations on 1 February, but has recently announced that it will officially start flying on 28 March from Denmark. It hopes to offer flights between Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Billund in Denmark.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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