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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 […]

Netherlands: Agreement Reached on Government Finances of Future Countries of Curacao and Sint Maarten

(Feb. 2, 2008) It was reported on January 23, 2008, that the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao, and Sint Maarten had reached agreement on supervision of the government finances of the future countries of Curacao and Sint Maarten, both of which will gain independent country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands after the Antillean […]