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28 June 2022, by Victoria Séveno

The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht (TEFAF) has been evacuated and two suspects have been arrested by police after four men staged a robbery on Tuesday morning. 

Armed robbery at TEFAF Maastricht

Police are investigating an armed robbery at TEFAF, after four men broke into the event at the MECC in Maastricht. One man was seen carrying a weapon while another smashed a sledgehammer into a display case. Dutch media reports that the display case contained diamonds belonging to a London jeweller. 

The MECC was evacuated by local authorities on Tuesday morning, but the event has now reopened to the public.

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Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association…

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Protests are causing chaos on roads across the Netherlands as Dutch farmers take a stand against the government’s nitrogen policy. Major traffic jams are being reported across the country as farmers make their way to The Hague

Traffic jams and delays across the Netherlands

A number of demonstrations took place throughout the day on Monday, as farmers blocked highways with tractors and staged a protest outside the home of Christianne van der Wal, the Dutch Minister for Nature and Nitrogen. 

Today, the chaos continues, as hundreds of farmers establish roadblocks and set fire to bales of hay on Dutch roads. At midday, the Rijkswaterstaat has already reported huge delays on major highways across the Netherlands – here’s a quick run down of what we know so far.

Protests on the A12 and A7

The emergency services have reported that lanes are closed on the A12 after farmers set fire to hay bales on Tuesday morning. There are traffic jams in both directions between Gouda and Woerden. Further disruption was caused nearby after a truck broke down near Nieuwerburg.

Similarly, considerable delays were also reported on the A7 this morning after hay bales were burned in Wijdewormer, hindering visibility and affecting traffic in both directions.

Delays for drivers on the A2, A15, A28, and A31

Traffic jams have been reported on the A2 between Beesd and Breukelen, on the A15 in Andelst, and on the A31 between Harlingen and Leeuwarden.

Traffic has come to a standstill on the A28 in Lankhorst, in the direction of Zwolle. Protests have established a roadblock with tractors, and traffic is being redirected via the A6, A7, and N50.

Congestion on the A10 (Amsterdam Ring)

In addition to the disruption caused by protests, over 25 kilometres of traffic jams have been reported on the A10 as a result of four accidents on the inner ring road around Amsterdam. Drivers should expect significant delays, especially at the Amstel interchange.

Dutch Prime Minister criticises farmers’ “dangerous” protests 

Unsurprisingly, drivers – especially those required to commute to work or drive for their jobs – have expressed their frustration about the delays faced as a result of numerous protests over the past week. 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has also spoken out against the protests. “It is not acceptable in this country to allow dangerous situations or drivers to be intimidated,” Rutte said in a statement on Tuesday morning. He went on to defend the environmental goals and policies that have been set out by the Dutch government.

Want to know more about why Dutch farmers are protesting? Click here to read all about the government’s nitrogen policy and the Dutch farmers’ protests.

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28 June 2022, by Victoria Séveno

At least one person has died and several more have been injured after a rare tornado hit the Dutch city of Zierikzee on Monday afternoon. 

73-year-old killed after tornado hits Dutch city

While much of the Netherlands was hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms on Monday, the southern province of Zeeland saw a more extreme type of weather roll in on Monday afternoon. At around 2.30pm on June 27, a tornado with wind speeds of between 179 and 218 kilometres an hour travelled across Schouwen-Duiveland, a municipality around 50 kilometres south of Rotterdam

The tornado caused extensive damage to hundreds of homes in the local area, ripping roofs from a number of houses and several tiles from the roof of a local church. Police report that a 73-year-old woman was fatally injured after being struck on the head by a roof tile. A further eight people suffered minor injuries, while one was rushed to the local hospital for treatment. 

Eyewitnesses said the tornado managed to wreak havoc in a matter of minutes, and local mayor Jack van der Hoek added that emergency services are working hard to repair all the damage. “This afternoon Zierikzee was unexpectedly hit by a very strong gust of wind… on behalf of the municipal council, my condolences go out in to everyone affected by this,” he told the press on Monday.

Between one and three tornadoes in the Netherlands every year

While tornadoes are something you’re more likely to associate with the United States than northern Europe, this certainly isn’t the Netherlands’ first – or biggest – tornado. Typically, between one and three mini tornadoes hit the Netherlands every year. 

One of the Netherlands’ deadliest tornadoes occurred back in 1967, leaving seven dead and dozens injured. Another particularly dangerous one hit Ameland in August 1992, and a few years ago, in August 2019, a weak tornado caused minimal damage in Amsterdam.

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Interest rates for new mortgages are continuing to rise but remortgaging your home can still be worthwhile under certain circumstances, says FVB de Boer financial consultant José de Boer.

In many cases, you may be too late, and this is definitely the case if you took out a mortgage in the past five years or so, when rates were lower. A 100 percent mortgage fixed for 10 years will now cost you at least 3,2 percent, and that is double the rate we were seeing at the start of the year. Nevertheless, there are still some circumstances in which it might be worth to remortgage your home.

When should you consider remortgaging?If you currently pay a higher rate and you still have a few years to go before the fixed period runs out, it may still be cost-effective to switch to a new mortgage before interest rates rise even more. After all, if your current rate is up for renewal in a couple of years, theoretically, rates will be even higher by then.

You might also consider making the change if you are coming up to the age of 57 and want to fix your interest rate for a longer period or extend your mortgage. When you turn 57, banks want to know everything about your retirement income when deciding whether or not to give you a new loan – and when I say everything, I really do mean everything. So, if you can avoid the third degree by doing it now, it makes sense.

Need to make renovations in your home?It is also still worth remortgaging if you want to release some of the capital tied up in your house to carry out renovations – something which more and more people have been doing since the number of homes on the market shrank.

If you have the financial flexibility and want more space, for example, now might be a good time to add an extension to your home, to give you a home office or a bigger kitchen. It could also be worth investing in increasing your home’s energy efficiency, by installing double glazing or even a hybrid heat pump, as the government is encouraging us to do. In fact, the majority of new mortgages being taken out at the moment are remortgages to fund renovations or extensions.

You may also be thinking about buying a holiday home, and again, if you can afford it, then it might be smart to do so sooner rather than later. Many people have a lot of capital tied up in their property and it still makes financial sense to release some of it, if you have a major purchase in mind.

The right time to remortgageOf course, one of the problems of rising interest rates is that no one has a clue what is going to happen. The war in Ukraine, EU fiscal strategy and soaring inflation will all have an impact on interest rate developments in the coming months. Economists think rates will continue to rise, albeit more slowly, but concrete forecasts are few and far between.

If you are a gambler, you can always wait and see what happens – and who knows, waiting a little longer could pay off. But unless you are paying a high rate of interest now, or want to remortgage with a specific purpose in mind, it’s best to sit tight. You may have missed the boat this time, but another one will probably come along sooner than later.

Thinking about remortgaging your property? The team at FVB de Boer are on hand to provide expert advice and answer any questions you might have.

Utrechtsebaan crossing First of all, the city council will discuss the council proposal amended scope and design for the Utrechtsebaan crossing with accompanying financial decisions. In 2017, the municipality of The Hague has concluded an agreement with Pro-Vastgoed BV, in which it is stipulated that the municipality will cover the Utrechtsebaan, near the Grotiusplaats. The aim of this is, among other things, to reduce noise pollution and to realize a green outdoor space. In 2019 it has been calculated that the construction of the enclosure with a green interior will cost approximately € 000 million euros. However, the solution that was devised at the time turned out to be unfeasible. The investments associated with the now proposed solution amount to € 15 million. This is substantially more than the previously budgeted costs. In addition to the additional requirements in the field of technology and safety regulations, this is also due to the fact that construction costs have risen sharply in recent years. Application for an environmental permit The Grace Then the council will discuss the proposal for the declaration of no objections (Wabo) with regard to the application for an environmental permit for the construction of two residential towers with spaces for commercial facilities (The Grace) at the location of the Rijswijkseweg office building to be demolished to 86A. In 2021 an environmental permit has been requested for the construction of 2 residential towers, called The Grace, on the site of the Rijswijkseweg office building to be demolished. to 29A. The two residential towers have a height of approximately 60 and 180 meters and contain 1.95 rental properties, of which 30% social rental housing and 15% medium-priced rental properties. Within the project are also approximately 2. m² supporting facilities included that are for all residents, independent of the segment or target group, are freely accessible. These facilities are located in the plinth of the building and consist of light catering, services and other commercial facilities, which are connected by an atrium. The building plan was reported to the Spatial Planning Committee on 6 January 2019. Given the nature of the plan, a specific declaration of no objections is required for this construction plan. In this meeting, the city council discusses the final Declaration of no objections, and a decision is made on this after the discussion. Confidentiality of committee letters Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten The city council continues the meeting with a debate on the proposal regarding Ratification confidentiality of Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten committee letters. The municipal council has received two letters from the council about the land development and cooperation agreement Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten under confidentiality. This secrecy was ratified in the city council meeting of February 9 2021. In addition, the municipal council has asked for additional substantiation for the term in which the secrecy expires. That will be discussed today. The Commission’s proposal is not to use an expiration date (that is, the date on which the secrecy is lifted) but instead opt for an evaluation date. This means that on this date it will be reconsidered whether secrecy is still necessary. As a result, the duration of the secrecy on which the council takes a decision in this meeting will be shortened considerably. Development of youth and family help The further development of youth and family help is the next item on the agenda. On 25 November the municipal council discussed and adopted the Hague Future Perspective for Youth and Family Help. Five motions were also passed. The Commission has used the past months to elaborate these motions and to translate the principles of the Future Perspective into a concrete outline plan. On the basis of this plan, the Municipality of The Hague wants to build an accessible, effective and affordable youth system in dialogue with its partners in the city. In this meeting, the city council takes a final go or no-go decision for this further development of youth and family help in The Hague. Amendment to the Waste Regulation 180 The Council also discusses amendments to the waste ordinance 180. With the present proposal, the Waste Regulation 2017 on two points altered. The first is a technical change: the term ‘vegetable, fruit and garden waste’ is replaced by ‘bio-waste’. The second change stems from the evaluation of the implementation of the opt-in system for unaddressed printing (yes/yes sticker). Free local papers are not covered by the opt-in scheme. A free door-to-door paper is, among other things, if at least 12% of content is information about and news from its own distribution area, not being advertising. In The Hague, just as in Amsterdam, among other places, since the introduction of the opt-in system, new door-to-door papers have been distributed that meet the absolute minimum of % and for the rest are filled with advertising. Hence the amendment proposal to include in the Waste Regulation the percentage of 06% nasty 28% to adjust. Amendment parking regulation and parking tax The Hague The proposal for the modification of the regulation parking regulation and parking tax The Hague 2021 is the next topic that the city council will debate. A collar arrangement still applies in both the Vruchtenbuurt and the Bloemenbuurt. The aim of the temporary collar scheme is to reduce the extra parking pressure caused by the introduction of paid parking in adjacent residential areas. In the past, these collar schemes were introduced because additional parking spaces had to be built. This has already happened in the Bloemenbuurt. For the Vruchtenbuurt, the extra parking spaces were provided on the Mient. A comparison of parking counts from different years shows that parking pressure remains high and in some places has even increased. It is therefore proposed that the collar arrangements in the Bloemenbuurt and Vruchtenbuurt will take effect from 1 October 2021 into a regular parking arrangement. Initiative proposal The Zuiderpark as a city park in The Hague for all residents With this initiative proposal Zuiderpark Hart voor Den Haag presents fourteen proposals for a better, safer, cleaner and more beautiful Zuiderpark.

Initiative proposal Weather fossil advertising from public space Party for the Animals has submitted a initiative proposal that the city council is discussing. With this proposal, the submitters want to ban fossil advertising from the streets of The Hague, with the ultimate goal that residents and visitors of The Hague will purchase less fossil products and realize that the fossil industry still plays a major role in exacerbating climate change. Sale Titan and Bet Reserve In 2018 the city council has decided to develop De Titaan in the Binckhaven on Saturnusstraat 60. The council will debate the proposal regarding the sale and use of reserve. The combination of the creative activity present in the Binckhaven and the industrial appearance of the area make this an ideal business climate for new creative and innovative activity. In March 2022 the city council has been informed about the intention of the council to sell the Titan in the Binckhorst by means of a qualitative tender. The tender procedure has now been completed, whereby the Unknown Group, in the opinion of an independent committee, has achieved the maximum score.Revolution Initiative proposal Parking garage Bezuidenhout This proposal proposes a pilot parking garage in the Bezuidenhout district as a first step towards the much more frequent and regular development of ‘neighborhood parking garages’. This proposal was discussed in the municipal council meeting of June 9 2021. During the vote, the votes were tied. That is why it will be voted on again in this council meeting. Completion of debate committee Finally, eleven committee debates are concluded: Answer to written questions regarding at least 12 euros, also for people who work on commissionBinckhorstAnswer written questions about SME-friendly municipalityCommission Letter: Performance Agreements 2021 with housing corporations and tenant organizations Answering written questions about Entrepreneurs Hofkwartier are fed up with bicycle chaosAnswer written questions regarding La CantinaAnswer written questions regarding Information about public space decisions?Commission letter: Protocol saving trees at sewer replacementNew main sponsor ADOLivingLetter from the alderman for Finance and Urban Development regarding 20e progress report RotterdamsebaanWatch the meeting? The full meeting can be followed live in the public gallery in the council chamber or via the livestream on denhaag.nl/bedrijvenraad. The full agenda and documents can be found 11576913here see.

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Earlier this month, Schiphol confirmed that thousands of flights would be cancelled over the summer in order to limit crowds as the airport continues to face severe staff shortages. Since the news broke, various major airlines have revealed how Schiphol’s decision will affect their flights. 

Got a holiday booked for over the summer? Here’s what we know so far about flight cancellations and customer rights for travellers in July and August. 

KLM to cancel thousands of bookings

As the largest airline operating out of Schiphol Airport, KLM has been required to cancel thousands of flights in order to meet the targets set by airport management. KLM is having to reduce passenger numbers by 7.000 for the month of July.

In spite of this, last week the airline announced that it was only scrapping a limited number of flights this summer. KLM has yet to confirm exactly how many flights will be cancelled, but has already halted ticket sales for the summer period in order to limit passenger numbers. 

Got flights booked with KLM? The airline says that all travellers affected by the cancellations will be offered an “acceptable alternative” which will likely involve them being offered seats on other flights at around the same time as their original booking: “Travellers affected by this will be personally informed as soon as possible.”

Transavia cancels 240 flights in July and August

As part of the KLM Group, Transavia is also a key airline operating thousands of flights out of Schiphol Airport. Transavia is cancelling a total of 240 flights between July 7 and August 14, affecting around 13.000 bookings – but the airline has said more cancellations are possible.

70 percent of travellers have been rebooked onto other flights – either departing from Schiphol or from another Dutch airport – but the remaining 30 percent have had their booking cancelled. Those affected by the cancellations should already have been notified of the changes to their travel plans. 

While Transavia appears to be one of the few airlines to have already provided details about how the chaos at Schiphol is affecting their passengers, the Dutch Consumers’ Association has accused the airline of violating European passenger rights. They argue that travellers haven’t been offered the choice between a refund or booking a different flight of their choice.

easyJet protects flights to holiday destinations in southern Europe

easyJet has also confirmed that flights will be cancelled across Europe – including at Schiphol Airport – as a result of staff shortages. While a spokesperson for the airline has said the company is hoping to protect flights to holiday destinations from cancellations, it is not yet known how many or which flights will be affected.

The spokesperson explained that the majority of cancellations would take place on routes where easyJet operates multiple flights per day, while flights to popular southern European holiday destinations, such as Croatia, Greece, Spain, and Portugal, will go ahead as planned. 

70 percent of passengers affected by the cancellations will be rebooked on an alternative flight within 24 hours of their original departure time. The remaining 30 percent will be able to request a refund or rebook for another flight, free of charge.

Dutch travel organisations redirect flights to other airports

Corendon has announced that 150 flights initially set to depart from Schiphol are to be redirected to Rotterdam The Hague Airport, and the company has said it hopes no other measures will have to be taken. The Corendon CEO has said the company will organise transportation to and from Rotterdam The Hague Airport for anyone affected by the changes.

TUI has made a similar decision, announcing last week that flights booked for this summer will not be cancelled. Most TUI holidays will therefore be going ahead as planned, although some travellers with flights booked in July or August will be departing from other airports in the Netherlands instead of Schiphol. Sunweb is also redirecting some passengers, rebooking them on flights with different departure times or that depart from a different airport. 

Some uncertainty remains for holidaymakers who have flights booked with other airlines. Both TUI and Sunweb have said they hope to have more information about what the cancellations at KLM and Transavia, for example, will mean for travellers by mid-July.

Flights cancelled? Know your rights!

The summer holidays are right around the corner, but thousands of travellers are still waiting to hear whether or not their plans will be affected by Schiphol’s new policy. So, what can you do if you’re worried about your upcoming holiday plans? 

If you’ve already booked flights but are now regretting that decision, sadly there doesn’t appear to be much you can do about it. Frank Oostdam, chairperson of The General Dutch Association of Travel Agencies (ANVR), has said that travellers who hope to cancel their flights as a result of the chaos at Schiphol won’t be able to do this for free, as it isn’t considered a valid reason. TUI and Sunweb have made similar statements.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag has said that the Dutch government doesn’t plan on compensating travellers affected by the cancellations at Schiphol this summer, saying that it is up to the individual airlines to offer compensation where necessary. Kaag added that the Ministry of Finance “is not responsible for the day-to-day operational management” at Schiphol: “As understandable as I think it is that people think that the government will do something, that is really not the case.”

Worried about how the crowds at Schiphol will affect your travel plans? Read these tips to make sure your journey goes as smoothly as possible.

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Feeling comfortable in your new place is critical for everybody’s acclimatisation process. Thanks to rental services for furniture, like the one offered by Move&Rent, you are able to settle down quickly and stress-free!

Did you know that moving or relocating is considered one of the key reasons people experience stress? Of course, there’s the packing and unpacking, but managing your budget and subscriptions can become emotional stress factors too. It takes time and effort to learn the idiosyncrasies of a new culture, meet new people and manage the impact this all has on your kids and finances. Within these intense circumstances, the comfort of your home provides the basis for you to keep all balls in the air.

The current situation on the Dutch housing marketExpats who come to the Netherlands for work might arrive with just a suitcase, with their jobs and other matters they have to deal with consuming a lot of time and energy. At the same time, the current situation on the Dutch real estate market presents several challenges for them. Finding a furnished flat is often problematic, especially in the cities, where demand exceeds supply. As a result, people will be moving from one rental property to another. This too leads to a higher demand for renting home furnishings.

Flexibility and mobilityFlexibility and mobility are trends that many businesses and individuals seek nowadays. Not only in jobs, but in many other aspects of our lives do we prefer renting over owning (cars, clothing or movies for instance). Furnishing a home is usually a long process. Where to go for this and where to go for that? Rental services for furniture offer an all-inclusive service for those who want to avoid the hassle of furnishing their homes. Imagine you’re on a temporary assignment somewhere, or a two-year internship. Would selecting and shopping for furniture be on the top of your list? Perhaps not.

No need to buy everything at onceFurnished accommodations have been available for years, but what if you were able to choose your own style from behind your laptop? Wouldn’t you want to handpick your main pieces of furniture and choose exactly what matches your style? Rental services for furniture let you select individual items, or an entire pack and a renting period. Personalising your home with your preferred contemporary style is ultimately also a way of spreading costs, since you don’t need to come up with a large sum of money when buying everything at once.

No more stressMoving and renting furniture is completely stress-free because everything is taken care of! Your rental provider delivers the furniture to your home and installs it in your living room, office, kitchen, bedroom, etc. If anything gets damaged unexpectedly, they come to fix it, and at the end of the rental period, they collect the items, so you don’t have to worry about reselling them or throwing them away.

Giving furniture a second lifeThe added value of a rental service is not only the fact that you don’t have to own your furniture, but also that the items will get a second life when you don’t need them any longer. Imagine that about 10 billion kilograms of furniture are discarded by businesses and consumers in the European Union each year, the majority of which is destined for either landfill or incineration, where only about 10 percent is recycled. And a piece usually still has five to 25 more years to go – giving furniture a second life is therefore an ideal solution.

Furthermore, these providers often offer a tailor-made concept with furniture from their partners; therefore, they don’t require to keep stock in a warehouse. And when the used furniture is returned or recycled at the end of the rental contract, no waste is produced. The circular economy at its core. After all, businesses, as well as individuals, increasingly choose a more sustainable approach or lifestyle.

Autonomy, flexibility, and sustainability come together in the concept of renting furniture. Thanks to these services, you can set up your ideal home stress-free and in no time. Check out Move&Rent in the Netherlands to see what they have to offer.

26 June 2022, by Victoria Séveno

This week, a group of volunteers from the Dutch Archeology Association (AWN) made an exciting announcement: they’d discovered a relatively well-preserved ancient Roman temple in the village of Herwen-Hemeling, near the German border. 

2.000-year-old Roman temple found in Dutch village

Volunteers first came across parts of the temple in late 2021, and initially believed it to be the site of an ancient Roman road. With additional funding, the archaeological research agency (RAAP) was able to carry out a large-scale excavation, eventually uncovering what has now been identified as an almost 2.000-year-old Roman temple complex.

The dig uncovered two Roman-era temples: a larger Gallo-Roman temple with a tiled roof and colourfully painted walls, and a second smaller temple located nearby. One of the biggest finds was a large stone staircase leading downwards, which was located near the well, and those involved in the excavation have theorised this indicated that the well may have been used for ritualistic cleansing.

Archaeologists also found several (fire) pits, a number of statues and traditional altars, known as votive stones, dedicated to Hercules, Jupiter and Mercury, and several fibulae (clothes pins) from the first century, as well as roof tiles and pieces of various armour and weapons. Experts therefore believe the temple was mostly used by soldiers. 

Roman artefacts and archaeological digs in the Netherlands

Located right on the northern border of the Roman Empire, and only a stone’s throw away from the Lower Germanic Limes – which were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This marks the first time that temples have been discovered so near to the northern border, and the association has described the find as “unique” and “exceptional.” 

This isn’t the first time that Roman shrines have been discovered in the Netherlands, with ruins already having been uncovered in Nijmegen and Elst. However, experts say this recent excavation is notable as none of the other finds were as complete or well preserved as the one in Herwen-Hemeling.

Some of the findings are currently being displayed at the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen.

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Published: 05 June 2022Last change: 22 June 2023

The subsidy scheme Samen Social and Vital Den Haag 296 has been adapted and simplified following recommendations from the city. The scheme should help to strengthen the vitality, self-reliance and participation of vulnerable residents. The subsidy for 296 can be applied for from 1 July.

“When we introduced the new subsidy scheme last year, we received criticism from politicians and the city that it if in elaboration was far from perfect. We have therefore accelerated the evaluation of the scheme and held a number of meetings with the organizations involved to find out how we can improve the subsidy scheme. We have listened to the city and for 296 the subsidy scheme has been significantly improved and simplified,” said Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Zorg, Youth and Public Health.The city council wants all residents to be able to lead an independent life and to participate fully and meaningfully in society. Where they cannot do this independently or with the help of the environment, the municipality wants to support residents.

Support“With the Together Social and Vital The Hague scheme, we mainly aim to support seniors, residents who suffer from the consequences of loneliness, informal carers, residents with disabilities, and vulnerable people. residents who are supported by volunteers,” said Alderman Parbhudayal.The subsidy for 296 can be requested from 1 July. There are different categories. All information about this subsidy can be found at: https://www.denhaag.nl/nl/subsidies/subsidies-zorg-en-welzijn/subsidie-samen -social-and-vital.htm

Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal at the opening of the Senior Café: ‘We have listened to the city and the subsidy scheme for 296 has been significantly improved and simplified’; photo: Lotte van Uittert

Schiphol’s mission is to connect the Netherlands with the world while at the same time reducing our impact on the living environment and the climate more quickly. Schiphol is not for growth for the sake of growth, nor for shrinkage for the sake of shrinkage.

We are in favor of a well-thought-out approach that leads to the intended goal: connecting the Netherlands with the world with an increasingly quieter and cleaner Schiphol. This provides certainty and perspective for all involved: local residents, governments and the aviation sector. We will continue to invest in that balance sheet. This includes a nature permit and an airport traffic order that is being worked on hard.

Together with the airlines, we will consult with the cabinet to contribute to such a well-thought-out approach. The plans of the cabinet as presented now lead to great uncertainty and much remains unclear. We see that great risks are taken with the quality of the network. Going back to the old sound system threatens to shift noise pollution that is not good for the environment.

It is disappointing that, in deviation from the ambition in the coalition agreement, a decision about Lelystad Airport can only take place in . We hope this can be done sooner.