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Netherlands: Local Court Ruling on Bitcoin Transaction

(June 4, 2014) It was reported on May 19, 2014, that a court in Overijssel, The Netherlands, had issued a decision in a civil suit involving an uncompleted Bitcoin transaction between two parties. The court held, citing a written interpellation of the Minister of Finance by the Dutch parliament, that the virtual currency “is a […]

Netherlands: Central Bank Statement on Virtual Currencies

(June 4, 2014) On May 8, 2014, in an item entitled “Virtual Currencies Are Not a Viable Alternative,” published in its news bulletin, the Bank of the Netherlands (DNB) put forward its stance on the Bitcoin and similar currencies. According to the DNB, “virtual currencies such as bitcoin are unlikely to replace the current financial […]

Netherlands: Combined Residence and Work Permit Implemented for Some Foreign Workers

(Apr. 28, 2014) From April 1, 2014, qualified foreign nationals who come to the Netherlands to work for a period longer than three months will receive a combined residence and work permit (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid) from the country’s Immigration and Naturalisation Service (Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst, IND) by going through a single procedure. […]

Indonesia; Netherlands: Defense Cooperation Agreement Signed

(Feb. 7, 2014) On February 4, 2014, Indonesia and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in defense matters. The agreement was signed in Den Haag, the Netherlands, by Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert. (RI-Netherlands Cooperation in Defense Affairs, THE JAKARTA POST (Feb. 6, 2014).) […]

Netherlands: Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases

(Dec. 27, 2013) On December 1, 2013, a new protocol on custody of children in the event of a partner killing took effect in the Netherlands. It was developed under the aegis of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, which held four expert meetings to consider the consequences for children of such family dramas. […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]

Netherlands: Draft Smoking Ban Legislation Sent to Council of State

(July 31, 2013) On July 9, 2013, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn, sent draft legislation on amending the Tobacco Act to reinstate a ban on smoking in all bars and cafes, regardless of size, to the Council of State (Raad van State), the Cabinet’s advisory body. (Smoking Ban Bill […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime

(July 17, 2013) It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed law would tighten current provisions on such offenses found in the Penal Code and other laws. […]

Netherlands: Children

(June 20, 2013) According to a recent report issued by the Children’s Ombudsman of the Netherlands, Marc Dullaert, the Netherlands is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child because of its restrictive policy on family reunions. The report noted as evidence of the Dutch “get-tough” approach that in 2008, […]

Netherlands: Proposal to Remove Non-Original Writings from Copyright Protection

(Feb. 28, 2013) On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the <?Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on amending the Dutch Copyright Act. The proposal amends the Act so as to protect only writings based on the creator's creative performance. It would abolish […]