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Netherlands: New Stimulus Package

(Apr. 17, 2009) Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to “invest heavily in the Netherlands' future” in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government of the Netherlands, Balkenende Presents Measures to Tackle Crisis (Mar. 26, 2009), available at The […]

Netherlands: Parenting Plans Required in Cases of Divorce

(Mar. 18, 2009) Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a “parenting plan,” in cases of divorce, termination of a registered partnership, legal separation, and also where […]

Netherlands: Prison After-Care Criticized

(Feb. 4, 2009) According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs to be more effectively organized by the Correctional Institutions Agency. A press release on the report, […]

Netherlands: Limits on Community Service Orders

(Dec. 15, 2008) A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press release issued on December 2, 2008, by the Ministry of Justice. However, the bill would not […]

Netherlands: Severance Pay Ceiling Proposed

(Dec. 9, 2008) The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance pay for employees whose annual salary is €75,000 (about US$95,000) or more. The ceiling, which would […]

Netherlands: Terrorist Cases of PKK, Hofstad Group Adjudicated

(Oct. 15, 2008) On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that has fought for two decades for a separate state that would include part of southeastern Turkey. […]

Netherlands: Iranian Students Challenge Study Ban

(Sept. 5, 2008) Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports are not permitted to participate in nine different degree programs. A group of Iranian students and […]

Netherlands: Asylum Procedures to Be Revised

(July 2, 2008) On June 24, 2008, the Government of the Netherlands announced a large-scale revision of procedures for asylum seekers. They will no longer be interrogated immediately, as they are under current procedures; instead, they will be allowed to prepare for the asylum interview for six days. Without adequate preparation time, refugee support organizations […]

Belgium; Luxembourg; Netherlands: New Treaty

(July 2, 2008) Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed a new Benelux Treaty on June 17, 2008, in The Hague. The new treaty revises the present treaty, signed in 1958, which will come to an end on October 31, 2010. Article 2 of the new treaty provides its main objectives: to protect the Benelux countries' […]

Netherlands: Efficiency of Drugs Policy Under Scrutiny

(Mar. 2, 2008) For three decades, the Netherlands has had a tolerant policy towards drugs, having decided in the mid 1970s to distinguish between cannabis and hard drugs, "which no other country does officially." According to Bert Bieleman of the Intraval Research Bureau, "[t]he Dutch drugs policy seems reasonably successful in comparison with that of […]