The customer does not have to pay 600 euros fine for gas

Anyone who wants to get rid of their gas connection does not simply have to accept the bill for closing it. The national Disputes Committee has won an Amsterdam citizen who wished to terminate his contract with Liander. The ruling can have consequences for other customers who want to get rid of the gas.

The man wants to get off contract because otherwise he has to continue to pay fixed costs for the connection while he is not buying gas. That removal costs 687 euros, but the Amsterdammer does not want to pay for those costs. According to the customer, he can easily be disconnected from the gas without the connection being removed from his house.

But Liander thinks that the connection must be completely removed for safety and that the customer must pay for it. The Disputes Committee does not agree with this. Liander and the customer now have to figure out what is a reasonable amount. According to a customer's own calculation, this is 138 euros, ie 1 year of fixed costs.

There are now more than 7 million gas connections in the Netherlands. The government wants to have all houses in the Netherlands off the gas by 2050.

Room does not want European taxes on internet giants

If it is up to the House of Representatives, there will be no European tax for large companies such as Facebook and Google for the time being. A majority believes that taxation is up to the Member States themselves

A letter is sent to the European Commission. The House doubts the added value of a European policy in relation to a national approach, says Juncker in a draft letter.

In March, the European Commission proposed a uniform tax rate of 3 percent to companies such as Google, Facebook, Airbnb and Uber to pay more tax. The European Commission believes that this type of internet giants now pay too little turnover tax.

Companies do not have to pay sales tax in every country where they are active online. So they often settle in the country where they have to pay little money. According to the EU, for example, Apple paid only 0.005 percent tax in 2014 thanks to an agreement with the Irish state

Yellow card

VVD, PVV, SP, Party for the Animals, 50Plus, Forum for Democracy and SGP voted for it sending a critical letter to the European Commission. It states that the House of Representatives judges negative about one European tax for the digital economy. The VVD does believe that internet companies should be taxed, but sees that many member states can come up with solutions even without European interference. “Like the French tax on visual content and the Hungarian tax on advertisements,” the party writes in the draft letter.

GroenLinks, like the CDA, D66 and the PvdA, does have one European tax. “In view of the cross-border dimension of digital activity, an EU initiative is necessary: ​​if each Member State unilaterally and at its own discretion starts to interfere, national policies may conflict,” is the GroenLinks position.

The letter from the House of Representatives goes against the cabinet position. D66 State Secretary Snel is, however, in favor of a European tax for digital companies.

If one third of the national parliaments of the EU member states negatively assess the European Commission's proposal, the European Commission receives a 'yellow card'. They must then reconsider the plan.

What you buy here has an impact on the environment worldwide

If you buy items from a cheap store here, you will have an effect on the greenhouse gas footprint in another country with that purchase. Perhaps you do not realize that many choices you make have consequences for people on the other side of the world. Goods imported here naturally produce money and jobs in the country of production, but also put pressure on the environment.

The greenhouse gas pressure, an indicator of the influence of Dutch prosperity abroad, increased last year. with 8 percent and that's bad news.

The growth of last year is mainly in the import of fossil energy carriers and metal ores. A relatively large amount of CO2 is emitted during the extraction of these substances. This is shown by the Wide Prosperity Monitor, an investigation into the welfare of the Netherlands by Statistics Netherlands and was presented to the House of Representatives this morning.

The Netherlands is in the lower regions of the European environmental ranking. The high input of raw materials, as mentioned above, also does not work with this. Our raw material footprint is relatively poor: we are in 18th place in Europe. However, the footprint has somewhat decreased after 2010: from more than 11 tonnes to more than 8 tonnes in 2016.

Our raw materials footprint can be nuanced because the figures also include re-exports. There the goods that enter our country via Rotterdam and are subsequently imported are also covered. However, after a correction for re-exports, the Netherlands is also in the rankings of the bottom ten countries.

Natural resources

The Netherlands is putting a lot of pressure on those natural resources anyway. This is partly due to Shell, which is very important as a multinational for the Dutch economy, but also because of our colonial past. Research shows that colonial superpowers mainly import a relatively large amount of raw materials from developing countries. The trade areas on which a country has specialized in the past will remain fairly constant over the long term.

The starting point is, among other things, that our prosperity does not exhaust natural resources. may cause, says Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate. He acknowledges that the Netherlands uses a lot of raw materials and has relatively high CO2 emissions.

For Wiebes it is a foregone conclusion that the Netherlands should do something about it. By signing the Paris climate agreement, the Netherlands has also committed itself to taking measures, says Wiebes. “We have a duty to clean up our own garbage and not to shift it to other groups in the world or other generations.” The figures from Statistics Netherlands show him that he is once again.

Bouwwereld reports an alarm about 'hasty' natural gas ban

In the construction world, there are major concerns about the 'hasty' ban on building new homes with a natural gas connection. That goes on July 1, half a year earlier than the sector thought. Sector organizations write in a letter to the government that they do not find this evidence of good governance, reports de Volkskrant

Project developers, construction companies and housing associations are afraid of delays and out-of-control costs for building plans that are still on the drawing board. It would be at least 10,000 houses that were designed with a natural gas connection.

The designs have to be adapted and that entails costs. Homes are also delivered later than planned. For example, houses should be equipped with, for example, an air heat pump instead of a boiler.

Panic football

In the coalition agreement of last October, “the end of the government's term” was taken as the target moment for all new homes to be free of natural gas. to deliver. Minister Ollongren mentioned in December the year 2020.

But the heavy earthquake in Zeerijp on 8 January led to politics getting hastily. At the end of January, the House of Representatives decided that the obligation to connect all houses in the Netherlands to the gas should be removed as quickly as possible. That will be 1 July. The interest group of project developers Neprom speaks of 'panic football'. Projects that have been on the road for a long time must be radically revised.

There is also a shortage of installers who know how to install a heat pump. That is the considerably more expensive alternative to the traditional central heating boiler.

VVD wants more flights to and from Schiphol

The VVD in the House of Representatives thinks that the number of flights to and from Schiphol must be able to rise above the limit of 500,000 flight movements per year.

“Delaying Lelystad Airport was a legitimate decision, but it does confront us with a choice “, says member of parliament Dijkstra. “A lock on aviation is not an option for the VVD, which is disastrous for our business climate, for the economy and it costs jobs.”

It was the intention that Lelystad Airport would take over part of the holiday flights from Schiphol. That plan was postponed because the flights would cause too much inconvenience for local residents. Plans are now being made to reduce the number of low flights that make more noise.

Holiday flights

This afternoon, the House of Representatives debates on the distribution of air traffic over Schiphol and Lelystad. The parties are divided over the future of the airports.

VVD and CDA want the Lelystad government to take over holiday flights as soon as possible. D66 and ChristenUnie wonder whether this will ever be possible given the difficult distribution of airspace.

The residents 'organizations of the six Dutch airports, united in the National Residents' Council Aviation (LBBL), offer a manifest before the debate. MPs. They want a stop on growth and more tax on air tickets and kerosene.

The parliamentary debate can be followed live from about 4 pm on NPO Politiek

WHO wants trans fats (those in snacks, biscuits and pastries) out of the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants an end to the use of trans fats. The ingredient that is used in snacks, biscuits and pastries, for example, will disappear from the food supply worldwide if it is up to the WHO in the next five years. The health organization of the United Nations comes today with a plan to help governments.

Trans fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. They are used in the hardening of vegetable oils, for example when making margarine. Food producers use trans fats to improve the taste and shelf life of food products.


According to the WHO, the eating of trans fats leads to 500,000 deaths every year worldwide. With the campaign, the health organization focuses mainly on less prosperous countries. It is well possible to ban it within five years, says the WHO, because trans fats can easily be replaced. Denmark banned fifteen years ago. Since then more than forty other prosperous countries have been working on the removal of trans fats from the food supply.

In 2015, the American food watchdog FDA called on the food industry to stop selling food with trans fats, as of 18 June. Until now, the FDA has not said anything about the progress of the plan, and whether it will be maintained. In New York, restaurants have been prohibited from serving food with trans fats since 2006.


The WHO uses as standard that up to 1 percent of the daily intake of carbohydrates from trans fats is: for men a maximum of 3 grams and for women a maximum of 2 grams. In the Netherlands we eat about one to one and a half grams of trans fats a day, says a spokesperson for the Nutrition Center. “That's because the industry has been working here for years on reducing trans fats.”

According to nutritionist Samefko Ludidi, associated with the Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht, the effect of a ban on trans fats is difficult to measure. “A ban is in line with the trend of healthier eating, and now there is a lot of emphasis on reducing carbohydrates and saturated fats, but there is also a lot to be gained in moderating processed foods in general.” In addition to trans- and saturated fats also contain a lot of salt and sugar. “

ASR offers starter mortgage for 40 years

Especially for starters in the housing market: a mortgage with a term of 40 years. Until now, the maximum term of mortgages was 30 years. Insurer ASR now offers a 40-year mortgage from 24 May. It must be a feasible and affordable solution for starters in the difficult search for a home.

This is an annuity mortgage, which means that repayments are made while the monthly payments remain the same throughout the term. The total interest burden of a 40-year annuity mortgage is higher, because interest has to be paid longer. On the other hand, the repayment is spread over more years. Net the monthly costs of such a starter mortgage are therefore lower.

The mortgage is exclusively for starters in the housing market, so for people who buy a house or apartment for the first time. There is no real age limit, but ASR does monitor what the situation is like for people older than 40.

Mortgage providers have been looking for new forms of mortgages for some time. A tailored mortgage for seniors, for families, for people with multiple homes, for freelancers, or for starters. “We live in a time when we retire later, on average live longer and work longer, have more employers and work through flexible or temporary contracts and that calls for more flexibility”, according to ASR

Starters genekt

According to consultants IG & H the problems for starters are growing. “In 2013, 30 percent of single people under 35 years of age bought a house, in 2018 that's down to only 13 percent,” says consultant Joppe Smit. Beginners in the housing market are being bogged down by ever-increasing house prices and tightened borrowing standards.

Figures from the Mortgage Data Network (HDN) show that in recent years more and more choice has been made for a longer fixed term, for both starters and referees. flow-throughs. The average duration is 17 years. Of the new mortgages applied for in the last two months, half has a fixed-rate period of 20 or 30 years.

According to ASR, the current extremely low interest rate has played no role. A shorter fixed-rate period can also be opted for with the 40-year annuity mortgage.

The insurer says that it has been working for more than a year to develop this type of mortgage and to reach an agreement with the tax authorities. The mortgage interest can only be deducted for a maximum of 30 years. Nor were the systems of the bank calculated on mortgages with a term of more than 30 years.

Regional transport does not stop during final exams

In regional transport, the next three weeks will not be discontinued on working days in order to spare pupils who take their exams. Bus drivers did stop on Saturday, May 19th. Where is not yet known, that will be brought out next week.

In the past few months has been regularly stopped in regional transport. Recently there were two national strike days that were followed by regional actions last week. The trade unions want to enforce a better collective labor agreement for the 12,000 employees in the sector.

'No extra pressure'

FNV driver Paula Verhoef says that a weekend strike has now been chosen because drivers do not take the examination candidates extra put pressure on it. “Secondary school students have to be able to be sure they arrive at school on time without problems, and public transport workers know better than any other workload.”

She emphasizes that the relay strike will continue on weekdays after the exam period. Verhoef denounces the workload of drivers and says that employers can only prevent strikes “by getting over the bridge”. In addition to reducing the workload, the unions also want more wages.

In January there was an agreement between unions and employers where an increase of 8.3 per cent in three years had been agreed, permanent contracts for a thousand temporary employees and an approach to the workload. However, the members found it insufficient and rejected the agreement, followed by strikes again with bus companies and regional train operators.

KLM CEO Elbers: we can not do without Air France

A breach between Air France and KLM is by no means at issue. KLM CEO Elbers considered such a split in the TV program Buitenhof inconceivable, although he emphasized that the French should quickly put things in order, because the damage of the pilot strikes at Air France threatens to become too great.

The strikes have Air France-KLM so far cost 400 million euros, this week was announced. This means the annual profit of Air France last year almost evaporated. “Of that 400 million you can also buy two Boeings 787,” said Elbers.

Air France CEO Janaillac also stepped up after the striking pilots refused to sign a wage agreement. It is “a very turbulent time”, Elbers said. “We have now completed fifteen days of strikes with major effects, especially for our customers.”

Strong brother

Although Elbers acknowledges that KLM has recently been responsible for the “majority of the financial results” within the group, a divorce is not an option for him. “Together we have a good starting position with the airports Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle, and thanks to Air France we now fly to fifteen destinations in South America and we can close better deals as a big party. It's nice to have a French brother next to you. but it must be a strong brother. “

The CEO was also visibly annoyed about the power outage at Schiphol two weeks ago. “In the first week of the May holiday, things went well, but after that it went into the soup.” He did not seem to agree with closing roads to Schiphol. “That is a very drastic decision, and our pilots can not get to the airport either.”

Actions at Schiphol are ready, FNV resumes negotiations

Ground staff at Schiphol is temporarily stopping the strike actions. Their trade union, FNV Luchtvaart, responds to the invitation of the employers to talk about a new employment conditions on Monday.

FNV Luchtvaart represents 1650 baggage handlers and counter staff at the companies Aviapartner, Swissport and Menzies Aviation. In recent weeks, the work has been interrupted several times. The baggage staff also kept punctuality actions, in which the rules are strictly observed and, for example, suitcases that are too heavy are no longer handled. Yesterday FNV announced new actions.

The use of FNV is a collective labor agreement that applies to the entire sector, instead of for the three companies separately. Because it is missing, different companies can compete with each other on terms of employment. FNV wants to stop this “race to the bottom”. The union also requires a wage increase, a lower workload and “healthier work schedules.”

At KLM, the largest baggage handler, it was not stopped because these negotiations are still ongoing. KLM also has its own collective labor agreement