Wednesday 06 November 2019

NS drops evening rush-hour discounts, widens pay-per-journey travel card system

NS drops evening rush-hour discounts, widens pay-per-journey travel card system

Dutch railway company NS is scrapping afternoon discounts for hundreds of thousands of travellers in 2021. The decision is part of a revamp of the company’s season ticket system, which will reduce the number of different discount cards from 22 to 11. Customers with an off-peak and afternoon rush-hour discount card currently enjoy 40% lower ticket prices in first and second class. The Voordeelurenabonnement was last sold in 2011 but some 700,000 rail users still have one. The decision means... More >

Illegal abortion at centre of Diemen death

A man arrested two weeks ago after police found two bodies in a house in Diemen is suspected of carrying out an illegal abortion and of manslaughter, the public prosecution department said on Tuesday. The man, 48, was the tenant of the house where the bodies – that of a woman and a child – were found. He was remanded in custody for two weeks by judges in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The public prosecutor has declined to give further details... More >

Machinery exports generate most for NL

The Netherlands earns most from exporting machines and machinery parts, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS. Machines for making micro-chips and for the food industry – such as slaughterhouse systems – top the list of high-earning exports, generating added value of €16bn last year, the CBS said. This is up 25% on 2017. Next on the list was metal, such as steel and steel products, with €6bn, followed by the ornamental flower, tree and bulb industry, which... More >

Retailers want national ban on begging

Retailers organisation Detailhandel Nederland wants a national ban on begging  to discourage organised begging gangs from Eastern Europe, Trouw reported on Tuesday. The organisation, which represents some 100,000 retailers, said that around 29 local councils have implemented a ban, among which Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Groningen but that the problem can only be solved on a national level. People caught begging in public places can be fined and sent away but if big cities, such as Utrecht, don’t impose... More >

English skill survey fails the test

The Dutch press have been quick to champion Rotterdam’s English speaking skills following publication of a report claiming Rotterdammers have the best English in the world. The research gives Rotterdammers a score of 71.68 out of 100, just ahead of Amsterdam and The Hague, and says  Rotterdam’s maritime history and the presence of international companies and Erasmus University are behind the Rotterdammers’ win But the research by a private language testing institute based in Switzerland is based on an online... More >

'Russia has financial influence in NL'

    Russian companies’ assets in the Netherlands went up from €13.2bn in 2007 to around €96bn in 2017, partly through the use of letterbox companies for tax optimisation purposes, according to research by America’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The claim is made in The Kremlin Playbook 2, which looks at the Netherlands, Italy and Austria as ‘enablers of Russian malign influence’ and was published earlier this year. Co author Heather Conley, who was at a conference at... More >

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