Thursday, October 23, 2014

Officials and Bureaucrats Doubt the Integrity of Their Colleagues

One out of ten government bureaucrats has strong doubts about the integrity of their colleagues.  Similarly, one out of ten officials in communities and provinces have doubts about their fellow politicians.  The main subjects concerned are false declarations, the treatment of confidential information, and conflict of interest.  These results are from the Monitor for Integrity of Public Management 2012.  Such a study is carried out every year by the BIOS bureau. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dike break in Germany may cause Hundreds of Deaths in Netherlands.

Recent data from the Waterschap Rijn en Ijssel show that if a dike breaks on the German side of the Rhine River, the eastern part of the Netherlands until Zwolle might be flooded. That would lead to hundreds of deaths and tens of billions in Euros of damage.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foreign Children an Increasing Problem for Schools

Elementary schools have great difficulty coping with children who either hardly speak Dutch or not at all.  These difficulties result in part from the new flood of refugees from Syria, Somalia and Eritrea, but also from children from Eastern Europe.  The teaching material available often dates from the 1980s.  Government subsidies can only be obtained if a school has at least 4 pupils who are less than one year in the country.



Monday, October 20, 2014

The Guidelines for Asbestos-Removal Companies Are Inadequate


The guidelines for asbestos-removal companies are inadequate.  Companies which lose their license because they do not respect these guidelines can easily create a new corporate entity and receive a new license.  The authorities cannot do anything about this.  These facts were obtained from internal emails from the Ministry for Social Affairs.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

One-Third of Police Staff Aggressed


Almost one-third of police employees were either threatened or assaulted by civilians during work hours.  Outside of the workplace, this was the case for 14% of police employees.  These results are from research done among 3,000 employees by the Police Academy.  Another study showed that one out of five policemen who are involved in maintaining order and answering calls for emergency help are met with threats and violence after work hours.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Many Murderers Escape Punishment

Forensic experts and pathologists say that murderers in the Netherlands increasingly escape punishment. This results from the fact that after suspicious deaths far too little forensic research is being done. Last year the number of autopsies was halved. Pathologist Frank van de Gool says that every year 5 000 people die from non-natural causes including traffic accidents. The number of annual autopsies is barely 300.
www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/23213475/___Moordenaars_gaan_vrijuit___.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

European Commission Wants Penalty of Netherlands Concerning Laboratory Animals

The European Commission wants to impose a penalty of 51.156 Euro per day on the Netherlands as the Netherlands has not yet converted the European rules of treatment of laboratory animals into national legislation. It will bring The Netherlands before the European Court on this issue. The national legislation should have been adopted by November 2012. With its rules the European Commission wants to diminish the use of laboratory animals as much as possible.   

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