VVD still votes against more flights Schiphol

The VVD party voted against a motion of the PVV that allows more flights to and from Schiphol as Lelystad Airport opens later. As a result, Schiphol can not transfer flights and runs counter to the borders.

Last week VVD MP Dijkstra pleaded for the number of Schiphol flights to be able to rise above the limit of 500,000 flight movements per year. “For the VVD, a lock on aviation is not an option,” Dijkstra said. “That is disastrous for our business climate, for the economy and it costs jobs.” He also pointed out the importance of holidays for hard-working Dutch people.

Today the party still voted against. According to Dijkstra, he only “wanted to throw a stone in the pond”. But the other parties can not really appreciate this action, as it turned out:

PVV MP Graus says in a reaction that the statements of the VVD are not worth anything. “I think he was retaliated by the coalition, he was really on my line”, says Graus. The Party for the Animals speaks of political puppetry. “The VVD isolates itself because of these idiotic growth plans,” says Member of Parliament Van Raan.

The coalition partners CDA and D66 do not like the behavior of the VVD neatly to the residents of Schiphol, but are pleased that the party voted against it today. “It is good that the VVD has come to repentance,” says D66 Member of Parliament Paternotte. “No more than 500,000 flight movements is an agreement with local residents and promise is to blame, as is the government.”

For the motion of the PVV, there had also been no majority with the votes of the VVD MPs. Dijkstra says he will come up with an own idea for growth up to 2020 for which there is a majority in the Chamber.

In the North Sea

Furthermore, Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure will be investigating whether it is feasible to have an airport or 'main port'. to build in the North Sea. The motion of D66 and 50Plus on this was not voted today, because the minister had already promised that she would carry out the idea.

In December Van Nieuwenhuizen said that an airport in the sea is not realistic. It costs tens of billions, such an airport is far from the civilized world and there are safety risks, including the objections of the VVD minister. Even before the summer she comes with a research design.

'Holiday pay is spent more often, less often spared'

Millions of Dutch people get a lot of extra money into their account this week. It is May, holiday pay month. In previous years, that was often stuck. “That will only be less,” says Marieke Blom, chief economist at ING Netherlands

“There are fewer and fewer people with problematic debts and the housing market is doing well, so fewer and fewer houses are under water.” To save money as a precaution to avoid problems is no longer necessary, thinks the economist. The money buffer is large enough for more and more people now that the crisis is over. Holiday pay is going to roll, it is expected.

“Consumption has already risen sharply during the first three months of this year,” says Blom. She thinks that this trend also continues with the spending of holiday pay. What people spend on the extra is different.

The majority of people usually spend their holiday allowance on what they were originally intended for: vacation. Cindy Taphoorn, sales assistant of a social media company, also wants to use her holiday allowance for this. Until recently she worked full-time. “I'll go back to 32 hours, because I just got a son, three months back.”

Where she wants to go on vacation, she does not know exactly. “We are looking at Spain, Italy, Croatia, a little bit of that corner.” But nothing has been booked yet. “We are planning to go away, but we always decide that last minute”, she says. “That also depends on whether my husband can get free or not.”

Not enough

“We hope it's all right, because it's not very cheap.” The holiday allowance from Cindy and her husband is not enough for a family holiday in high season. “It is not 100% opaque,” says Cindy. “Then you will soon lose 6,000 to 7,000 euros.” And that's where 'the nice things' come in. “We look at what is beneficial, because we are with a large family and together we have four children.” She is considering going into the low season.

Where Cindy and her family are now slowly but surely going to book a holiday, ice maker Jacco Ruben Gasper (21) is busy with very different things. “The holiday allowance comes at a good time,” he says. The young ice maker is getting married in June and has just bought a house. Jacco Ruben has now been working full-time in the ice cream parlor for half a year and has, according to her own estimate, built up a few thousand euros of holiday allowance.

That extra goes to the house and the wedding. “I prefer a house rather than a nice holiday,” he says. And that wedding also costs a lot of money. “We are already almost 15 to 20,000 euros and we have not done any crazy things.”

Incidentally, not everyone receives holiday allowance. Self-employed workers must arrange their holiday allowance themselves. “That's part of it”, says independent aid worker Ivonne Lek. She mainly accompanies people who are becoming demented. She now works for eight years as a self-employed person without staff. “I did not like the work I did then, and I was in the situation that it was safe to quit my job.”

She no longer receives holiday pay, but saves holiday allowance. “If you do not save, you are not doing well.” Now she can go on vacation without a May extra. Next week she leaves with her sister. “Eight days of walking on Madeira.”

Record profit Ryanair after turbulent year, slight worries about the future

Airline Ryanair recorded record profits in the past financial year despite personnel problems. The presentation of the annual results showed that the Irish company was able to credit nearly 1.5 billion euros in profits. That is about 10 percent more than a year earlier. The price fighter fears that the results will be disappointing in the coming years.

This financial year, which started in April, will lower profits several hundred million euros, Ryanair expects. This is mainly because the costs for personnel and fuel are increasing and the rates are rising less quickly than before.

The airline is counting on the number of passengers to grow to some 139 million, but does not think that the cost increases can be compensated for. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says he is “on the pessimistic side of caution” about the future.

Internal problems

At the presentation of the annual figures, Ryanair looked back on a turbulent year. Due to a protracted quarrel with pilots and pressure at air traffic control, approximately 20,000 flights were canceled in September and October. Topman O'Leary personally apologized for that at the time.

The problems with the airline still seem to have not been resolved: this weekend Ryanair staff at the Eindhoven airport called in the AD about the poor working conditions.

Ryanair's concerns about the future are not shared by competitor EasyJet. After Ryanair, the airline is Europe's biggest prize fighter and recently said it would expect higher profits in the coming years.

Successful LG CEO Koo Bon-moo (73) died

Koo Bon-moo, the chairman of the South Korean multi-billion dollar LG Group, died at the age of 73. The top man had been ill for a long time and was undergoing treatment in the hospital for about a year.

This year, Koo underwent a number of brain operations. Recently he was admitted to the hospital in Seoul, because he quickly deteriorated. LG reports that he died in the presence of his family.

Koo has been chairman of the LG Group for the past 23 years. Under his leadership, sales increased from about 30 billion in 1995 to over 120 billion euros last year. The billion-dollar business is the fourth largest company in South Korea. The conglomerate is active in the electronics, chemical, telecom and domestic products markets.

Family business

Koo refused further treatment. The entrepreneur leaves behind his wife, two daughters and an adopted son. That son, now 40, is seen as the successor of Koo.

LG Group has been owned by the Koo family since 1947. He took over the company from his father in the 1990s, who had taken over the business from Koo's grandfather. The younger brother of Koo took over the day-to-day management when the CEO became ill.

The family has announced that Koo will be buried in private. LG Group also asks not to send flowers or condolences. Koo, according to his family, did not like complicated formalities and never wanted to be a burden to others.

China and US agree on 'substantial' reduction of trade deficit

China and the United States have agreed on measures to “substantially” reduce the trade deficit of the US with China. The countries reported the agreement in a joint statement after having negotiated in Washington for three days.

The Americans did not manage to pin the Chinese to a specific number, but the decision may take some of the tension between the world powers away.

Import duties

The US currently has a gigantic trade deficit of more than $ 375 billion with China. According to President Trump the result of “bad deals” that have been concluded among his predecessors. Trumps attempts to reduce the trade deficit, including import duties on Chinese products such as steel, have cooled the relationship between countries.

China has reacted in recent months with import levies of tens of billions of dollars on American products, such as soya beans. The trade dispute between the two largest economies of the world was followed with concern by the rest of the world.

China has promised to purchase more American goods and services. According to the Chinese “because it meets the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and because it is necessary for high-quality economic development”.

Concrete figures were not mentioned after the negotiations. Something that Lawrence Kudlow, Trump's most important economic advisor, did on Friday. He called $ 200 billion “a nice number” when it came to agreements about reducing the trade deficit.

Experts think that the current, vaguer agreement is mainly meant as a breather in the capricious relationship between the US and China. The US will soon send a delegation to China to work out details

FNV agrees with baggage handlers, but actions are still threatening at one company

Trade union FNV Luchtvaart has reached an agreement with two of the three baggage handling companies after several actions at Schiphol. With Menzies Aviation and Swissport Handling, salary increases of over 5 percent in two years have been agreed

More people are being hired to ease the workload, the employees get more job security, the number of night shifts are limited to a maximum of 9 per month elderly people no longer running night shifts.

The third ground handler, Aviapartner, does not participate in the CLA agreement. FNV is furious at Aviapartner. According to the trade union negotiators of that company had insufficient mandate and they frustrated the negotiations. “Their behavior was an insult to their staff and the FNV and they were sent home,” says FNV negotiator Asmae Hajjari. According to her, on Tuesday evening during the negotiations it led to a considerable collision. “That was a fireworks moment.”

The union calls on the company to join the agreements made, otherwise actions will follow.

Not available

Aviapartner tells the NOS that the negotiations on substantial amounts that had to be coordinated with the head office. The management was abroad and could not be reached during the negotiations.

The company is positive about a sector collective agreement and wants to quickly join the FNV to join the agreements. “The agreement for a sector collective agreement looks positive”, according to the company's hr manager

More and more cheaply

Baggage handlers have had work stoppages in recent weeks. They complained about the fierce competition between the companies, which resulted in a reduction in working conditions.

According to the FNV, this trend can be seen in an increasing number of sectors in aviation. “It all has to be cheaper, so there is less and less money for the employees,” says Leen van der List of FNV Luchtvaart. According to him, the agreement to come to a sector collective labor agreement is a historic moment. “That's how we stop the race down.”

Large pension fund ceases to hold coal investments and puts pressure on Shell

The pension fund for the big metal, PME, no longer invests in producers of coal. The fund wants to help reduce CO2 emissions and therefore no longer considers the use of coal as such.

PME is the first large pension fund to get out of the coal. This is remarkable, because some companies in the big metal still use coal, for example to generate heat for the production of steel.

Livable earth

“Nevertheless, the conviction is that we also have to get rid of polluting fuels in this industry. “, says PME CEO Eric Uijen in Trouw newspaper. He points out that there are now alternatives. “We do not invest for today or tomorrow, but for the day after tomorrow, even then the earth must still be livable.”

All interests in producers of coal, with a value of 6.3 million euros, have since been sold. According to Trouw, PME has taken the decision, also at the request of the participants (workers and pensioners) and the affiliated employers.

Shell more sustainable

Furthermore, according to Trouw, PME will agree to a climate resolution of the activist at the shareholders' meeting of Shell next Tuesday. investors group Follow This. It wants the oil company to align its policy with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Shell advised shareholders to vote against. Follow This has twice tried to force Shell to make its policy more sustainable. This was unsuccessful due to a lack of support.

PME wants to reduce the carbon footprint of its share portfolio by a quarter in 2021 compared to 2015. The fund will talk to companies in the steel, cement and energy sectors reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. If that does not go fast enough, the fund will withdraw from those companies.

47 billion euros

PME is the fifth largest pension fund in the Netherlands. The capital amounts to more than 47 billion euros. The fund regulates pensions for 625,000 participants. These are (former) employees of, for example, shipyards, machine builders, steel foundries and semiconductor manufacturers – all large and medium-sized companies.

Small metal companies fall under another pension fund, PMT

That 'independent advice from that vlogger was really sponsored

It is only a year on the shelves and there is no advertising in the traditional media, but the product has been sold out in every Kruidvat store for months. The eyelash serum of the Kruidvat brand was recommended by social influencers in their vlogs and has not been touched since.

Kruidvat paid the influencers to advertise the product. It was part of their marketing strategy for the serum, which makes lashes longer. A typical example of the future of marketing: where television and folders become less and less important for a company or brand, social media and vlogs become more and more essential.

“We gave the eyelash serum to a number of vloggers and they paid for advertising “, says Brenda Smith, Marketing Director of AS Watson, the company behind Kruidvat. According to Smith, that was all without obligation. “We give them the choice, they find the product bad, they do not need to advertise, but this product is just good and goes viral because people are embracing it massively.”

This is the future of advertising, says marketing expert Paul Moers. “I expect that the proportions will be about 70/30 in a while: 70 percent of the advertising market will consist of social media and 30 percent from classic media.”

As a company or brand you have to bet on ads through this kind of channels, Moers continues. “You really can not stay behind, social influencers continue to advance, the importance of social media continues to increase, the accessibility is very large and the audience's viewpoints are too.You can not permit yourself as a company to stop using it. “

The future lies with the vloggers, says Moers. They only increase in importance. But the advertisements on classic media also continue to exist. “Social media will never dominate the market for 100 percent.” A brand must be seen at as many times as possible, and television, print and radio are good, but that will also be less, because on Netflix, for example, you will not see any advertising. ”

Advertising through social influencers also has more impact, says consumer psychologist Patrick Wessels. “Those vloggers are seen as one of us, as a friend, a brother or sister, you trust the vlogger and want to mirror your behavior to him or her.” This is different with advertisements from a company or brand. “Then you think: yes, of course the company praises this and claims that the product is good.A vlogger is seen as an independent person.”

It is the new word-of-mouth, Wessels continues. “The vlogger is the neighbor or the aunt of the past, when you asked them if they had a recommendation for a new product, now you're being led by the influencer.” Consumers think: if I copy the influencer, I'll be just like that. successful, handsome or fun like that person. “

That's why this way of advertising is so valuable to the marketer of a brand or company. “Actually, the influencer is someone with lots of neighbors and a very big family who convinces them all at once to buy a product, such a person has a lot of influence. As a consumer you want to conform to others, so you listen to what the person has to say. “

That is also the reason for Kruidvats choice to use influencers as a marketing strategy, says Smith. “Vloggers are seen as credible, they become more and more your friend or girlfriend, and you take things a little easier: the influencers are more convincing than an advertisement.”

But your friend does not get paid to advertise in a conversation with you. According to Moers, this is also the danger of this strategy. In one of the vlogs of a sponsored influencer (see above) the influencer repeatedly says that she has bought the product while Kruidvat sponsored her.

In the text below the video, which you only see when you click on 'show more' “click, it says:” In the video I say a number of times that I have bought the products, because that is not sponsored (…) This video is sponsored by Kruidvat. ” When asked, Kruidvat says that all influencers used in their video make it clear that they are sponsoring

'Are they really independent?'

“Do we have to believe them, the vloggers?”, Asks Moers. “Are they independent?” I ask my question, but it is legally impossible to check all these vloggers according to the Advertising Code. ” It is therefore questionable whether the influence of social influencers remains so great. “Maybe we'll eventually see them as advertisers and take away their credibility,” says Moers.

But according to Smith they can all be trusted. “We are not afraid of the vlogger's independence, and if they do not like the product, they just do not make a video about it.”

There are already questions about the quality of the eyelash serum mentioned above. One of the ingredients of the product, bimatoprost, occurs in a medication for glaucoma, an eye disease. This fabric has eyelash growth as a side effect. If the substance comes into your eye, the eye pressure could be lowered. That is not harmful, but is also not recommended. According to Kruidvat, the serum is absolutely safe and meets all the requirements.

Only it is important that you lubricate it above your eye, not in the eye.

Energy companies are considering legal proceedings for coal-fired power plants

Energy companies Uniper and RWE are considering going to court because of the bill that prohibits coal-fired power stations from using coal. Together they have three of the five power stations in the Netherlands.

Nuon, owner of the Hemweg power plant in Amsterdam, says he respects the government's ban on coal. Engie, which has a new power station on the Maasvlakte, has not yet responded to the decision.

For Uniper and RWE it is the new power plant on the Maasvlakte (Uniper) and the Eemshaven power station (RWE), which must close by 2030. , and the Amer Power Plant (RWE) in Geertruidenberg, which has to stop five years earlier

Alternatives to coal

“Closing without closing is unacceptable”, says a spokesperson for Uniper. His company talks with the Ministry of Economic Affairs about alternatives for coal to run the plant, such as biomass and hydrogen.

“If an alternative appears promising, we expect support from the government in further development. adapted regulations and subsidies, as is the case with solar energy If the government fails, we will go to court, but we are curious about how the judge assesses the law in the light of the ownership of the plant that lies with us . “


RWE points out that it built the Eemshaven power station, which opened in 2015, at the special request of the government with an investment of 3.2 billion. For the Amer Power Plant, RWE has a contract for the supply of heat that runs until 2040.

“At the moment there is no compensation for the prohibition to operate the power stations according to the permits granted.” If the law is introduced as proposed, we consider legal steps, “is stated in a statement.

Paris agreement

Nuon indicates that it is clear that there is clarity about the future of the Hemweg power station, which, according to Nuon, could technically have been operating until 2034. The plant will close at the end of 2024.

Environmental organization Greenpeace is meanwhile disappointed about the rate at which the government is closing down. “The closure of the coal-fired power plants is much too late for the climate.This decision does not respect the verdict in the climate case, let alone the goals from the Paris Agreement”, says spokesman Faiza Oulahsen

Game company Ubisoft has achieved record profit thanks to Assassin's Creed

The French game publisher Ubisoft Entertainment has had a strong year financially. The maker of, among others, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Rainbow Six achieved a record profit last year.

Especially Assassin's Creed Origins sold well. Partly because of this, revenues were almost 19 percent higher than a year earlier, at 1.7 billion euros. Under the line, Ubisoft was left with 140 million euros. In the previous year it was 108 million euros.

Far Cry 5 also performed very well. In the first week after the launch, at the end of March, the game brought in more than 260 million euros.


CEO Yves Guillemot sees a lot of growth opportunities for the company in the short term and thinks that the profitability of Ubisoft will also increase in the coming year.

Especially the income from digital purchases (58 percent) rose faster than Ubisoft had expected. In addition, purchases during play are also counted. Last year, 50 percent of total sales was still digital.

In addition to development opportunities for PC gaming and mobile platforms, Ubisoft sees many opportunities for making games that lend themselves to e-sports, professional game competitions.