Morning newspapers - 11 January 2007

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Outrage over Belgian motorway tolls

Driving in Belgium will soon cost EUR 60 per year. Work to introduce a toll system — to be operational from 1 January 2008 — on all motorways and regional roads is almost completed in Flanders. Wallonia and Brussels have also come to an agreement over the division of revenue. But the Dutch motorists association ANWB has raised questions about the legal feasibility of the plan.


EU is 'addicted to energy'

The EU has stressed that the Earth's temperature must not be allowed to increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius. The European Commission is therefore urging EU member states to take drastic action aimed at cleaner and more economical energy use. EC President José Manuel Barroso claims the EU is addicted to energy. Barroso said it was time for a "post-industrial revolution" which would see Europe slash greenhouse gases by 20 percent by 2020.

Fishing chief wants to co-operate with environmentalists

For years on end, environmental groups and the fishing industry were diametrically opposed to each other. Now, they should co-operatively manage the fishing sector, the chief of the Dutch Fishers Association, Johan Nooitgedagt, said. He said both parties want the same thing: a sustainable fishing sector.

De Volkskrant

Call to prosecute animal abusers more often

Two-thirds of police reports of serious animal abuse are dismissed or end with a fine. But animal protection group Dierenbescherming is demanding that the public prosecution launch legal proceedings more often. Currently, two few cases are prosecuted.

Italian 'waits for Van Gogh fate'

An Italian MP, Santanché, who speaks out against radical Islam, is being threatened. She has been sent anonymous letters which directly refer to the murder of Theo van Gogh and the threatened Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The letter also included photos of the Dutch nationals.

De Telegraaf

Chaos in crammed trains

Commuters are fed up with travelling every day in jam-packed trains. Since the new NS timetable was introduced at the end of last year, there have been regular problems with overheated carriages during peak-hours. On Wednesday, a stop train from Gouda to The Hague Central even had to be evacuated.

Murder suspect waved with axe

Eric A., 36, of Landgraaf — arrested on suspicion of the murder of Nicky Verstappen — allegedly wanted to attack police officers with an axe as they tried to arrest him on Tuesday morning. Police overpowered him with capsicum spray.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Small insurance policy even more expensive for investor

Small or short-term investment insurance policies are more expensive for clients than the 40 percent costs that the association of insurers previously estimated, a study commissioned by Het Financieele Dagblad has indicated.

Massive bill looms for Finance Minister

Making the costs of a share issue tax deductible could cost the Finance Minister millions of euros. Such a scenario looms now that the attorney-general of the Dutch Supreme Court has advised that a business should be allowed to deduct a number of issue costs.

Nederlands Dagblad

Soft drugs toleration 'to end'

The Dutch policy to tolerate the sale and use of marijuana and hash will not exist in 10 years time, Health Minister Han Hoogervorst has predicted at a drugs congress in Mexico. He expects that the Dutch drugs policy will become increasingly stricter and become relatively the same as the rest of Europe.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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