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Dutch economic growth reaches 2.9% in Q2, consumer spending up 2%

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The Dutch economy grew 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter, taking year on year growth to 2.9%, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. Consumer speaking, investments and exports all helped drive the economy upwards, the CBS said. Consumers spend 2% more in the second quarter, continuing four years of solid growth. Companies ... Read More »

Dutch govt hires nearly 1,000 customs officials to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

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The Dutch government has completed the hiring of nearly 1,000 new customs officers to prepare for a looming “no deal” Brexit, according to a senior official in the country. Pieter Omtzigt, the rapporteur on Brexit for the Dutch parliament, confirmed the recruitment had taken place – as weeks of turmoil linked to Theresa May’s new plan for exiting the EU ... Read More »

Urk fishermen face jail for role in cocaine smuggling operation

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were they could be jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation. The five are currently appearing in court in Amsterdam.They were arrested last June when customs officials and police found 261 kilos of cocaine on board their trawler in ... Read More »

Six arrests after smuggling 509 kilos of cocaine

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As a result of a successful cooperation between the National Investigation Service and the Hit and Run Cargo (HARC) Team, 509 kilos of cocaine have been intercepted in Rotterdam. The narcotics were hidden in three sea containers with furniture, gearboxes and diesel engines and have a value of 18 million euros. The HARC Team Rotterdam, a cooperation of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond ... Read More »

Urk fishermen jailed for their role in international cocaine smuggling

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation by judges in Amsterdam. Johannes N, the owner of the boat, who admitted smuggling the drug, was jailed for four years, one year more than the public prosecution had called for. ... Read More »

Chinese man who smuggled five rhino horns through the Netherlands is jailed by Dutch court

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A Chinese man has been sentenced to a year in a Dutch jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about €500,000 (US$613,000) in his luggage. The man was caught by customs officials at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in December, as he transited from South Africa to the Chinese city of Shanghai. “The Amsterdam court has sentenced ... Read More »

Urk fishermen jailed for their role in international cocaine smuggling

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation by judges in Amsterdam. Johannes N, the owner of the boat, who admitted smuggling the drug, was jailed for four years, one year more than the public prosecution had called for. ... Read More »

Over 500 Kilos Cocaine Found In Shipment Pineapples, Five Arrested

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The police and Public Prosecutor found and seized over 500 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of pineapples in a warehouse in ‘s-Gravenzande. Five suspects were arrested. They were arraigned on Wednesday and remanded into custody for 90 days, the Public Prosecutor announced. The police have been investigating this drug shipment for some time, the Public Prosecutor said information ... Read More »

€1 Billion Promised To Groningen Gas Mining Area

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Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate reached an agreement with Shell and ExxonMobil about gas production in Groningen. The government and NAM will invest at least 1 billion euros into quality of life in the gas mining area. The two oil companies will not claim damages for the gas left un-mined after gas extraction is halted in the ... Read More »

The Netherlands importing more business services

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In Q1 2018, Dutch companies imported business services worth 16 billion euros, which is 54 percent more than in Q1 2014. The increase was mainly seen in imports of marketing and mediation services from within Europe. These include for example advertising, market research, consultancy and sales agent services. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this on the basis of new figures on ... Read More »

One dead after van collides with crowd outside Bruno Mars concert in Netherlands

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A van struck four people at a Dutch concert in the early hours of Monday morning, killing one and injuring three, hours after R&B artist Bruno Mars had performed, police said. A police statement said the vehicle drove away from the scene and is being sought. Other media reports described the vehicle as a small white bus. The incident took ... Read More »

Man Hurt In Rotterdam Shooting

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A 27-year-old man was injured in a shooting in Rotterdam-West. He was found with multiple bullet wounds in his leg, RTV Rijnmond reports. The man got into a fight with a group of other men on Essenburgsingel. He was chased to Weizichtstraat by four men, where several shots were fired, according to witnesses. The injured man was eventually found on ... Read More »

Police Find €220,000 Cash In Rotterdam Trash Can

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The police arrested three men in Rotterdam for money laundering after discovering 220 thousand euros in cash in a trash can in a home on Philip Vingboonsstraat. Surveillance officers spotted a suspicious car on Boezemweg evening. They decided to follow the car. On Philip Vingboonsstraat the passenger of the car got out, took a package from a man at the ... Read More »

11 dead, 57 seriously ill in the Netherlands with a rare meningococcal disease

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At least 57 people have ended up in intensive care and 11 people have died after becoming infected with Meningococcal meningitis so far this year, the AD reported. The figures come from the national public health institute RIVM and show that the number of deaths is now equal to 2017 as a whole, the paper said. According to the AD, ... Read More »

Hoekstra: No spending cuts to cover lost Groningen gas income

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The government will not have to make any extra budget cuts to cover the losses incurred by reduced gas production in Groningen, finance minister Wopke Hoekstra said. In his spring budget statement, Hoekstra said extra income from other parts of the economy, such as an underspend of €350 million on public health, would offset the effect of scaling back gas ... Read More »

OVER 500 KILOS COCAINE FOUND IN SHIPMENT PINEAPPLES, FIVE ARRESTED

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The police and Public Prosecutor found and seized over 500 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of pineapples in a warehouse in ‘s-Gravenzande. Five suspects were arrested. They were arraigned on Wednesday and remanded into custody for 90 days, the Public Prosecutor announced. The police have been investigating this drug shipment for some time, the Public Prosecutor said. On ... Read More »

Dutch sugar beet farmers want exemption from EU ban on bee-harming pesticides

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Dutch arable farmers want to be exempt from the EU’s ban on three pesticides which harm bees and have called on agriculture minister Carola Schouten to campaign for the exemption in Brussels, Trouw reported on Tuesday. Last month the European Commission banned the use of three neonicotinoids which are harmful to insects, particularly wild bees, but Dutch sugar beet farmers ... Read More »

Dutch economy still growing, disposable income lagging behind

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The Dutch economy grew by 3.2 percent last year, and more people in the Netherlands had work than ever before. Despite this, the growth in net disposable income is still lagging behind, Statistics Netherlands. In 2017 net real disposable income – the amount Dutch have left to spend after all premiums and taxes were deducted, corrected for inflation – grew ... Read More »

FOUR ARRESTED IN DARK WEB DRUG BUST; COCAINE, PILLS SENT BY POST

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The police busted a drug network in Brunssum, Limburg. Four men were arrested for trading drugs on the dark web, and sending drugs all across the world through the regular postal service, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday. This investigation was launched after PostNL found drugs in packages during a drug check. According to the Prosecutor, the suspects had clients ... Read More »

Netherlands Investment Institution closes down, citing lack of projects

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The Netherlands Investment Institution, formed four years ago by pension funds and insurance companies to invest in the Netherlands, is winding itself up because of a lack of projects. The fund was set up by some of the biggest Dutch pension funds plus Aegon and ASR following political pressure to encourage institutional investors to put more money into the Netherlands. ... Read More »