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Netherlands: Centralized Fingerprint Database for Passports

(Oct. 6, 2009) It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. As of September 23, 2009, every Dutch passport applicant must allow the municipality to take four […]

Netherlands: Marijuana Pass Planned for Nationals Only

(Sept. 17, 2009) The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting “coffee shops” (marijuana cafes). The pass will also limit coffee shop visits to one per day and marijuana purchases to a maximum of […]

Netherlands: Industry Code of Conduct Caps Bank Manager Bonuses

(Sept. 16, 2009) The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, restricting them as of 2010 to no more than 100 percent of their annual salaries. The […]

Netherlands: Health Ministry Proposal to Amend Anti-Smoking Law

(Sept. 16, 2009) Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and cafés. Two recent court rulings stated that the law is not applicable to such establishments “because the law is […]

Netherlands: Court Ruling Against File-Sharing Website Mininova

(Sept. 2, 2009) Mininova, a “torrent” site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links to thousands of music tracks and movies, was ordered by the Utrecht district court to stop […]

Netherlands: Collection of Post-Divorce Maintenance Payments Enhanced

(Aug. 7, 2009) A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a registered partnership in the Netherlands. While voluntary payment remains the general principle, it is now possible […]

Netherlands: Judicial Reforms Proposed to Improve Access to Legal System

(Aug. 5, 2009) According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, the Minister of Justice, Hirsh Ballin, has pledged to the Lower House of the Parliament that […]

Netherlands: Conviction Upheld in Saddam Hussein Chemical Supplier Case

(July 6, 2009) On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, Hoge Raad, 07/10742 [in Dutch], June 30, 2009, available at Van Anraat, a Dutch businessman, […]

Netherlands: Measures to Facilitate Seizure of Criminal Proceeds

(June 23, 2009) To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be taken as part of an arrangement within the European Union and as part of the new […]

Netherlands: Accession to 1970 UNESCO Treaty

(June 22, 2009) On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970. […]