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Global Europe 16-10-2020

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Russia said Thursday (15 October) it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014, complaining of "vicious" attempts to pin blame on Moscow.
Energy 20-07-2020

Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.
Aviation 13-07-2020

Vestager hails KLM’s ‘very good’ €3.4bn bailout

The European Commission has approved the Dutch government’s €3.4 billion support package for national airline KLM, despite criticism levelled at conditions linked to pay cuts.
Energy 02-07-2020

Dutch pin hopes on ‘hydrogen valley’ to revive declining gas region

Near-silent buses shift around in a residential neighbourhood in the province of Groningen, home to one of the greenest industrial areas in the world. We’re in 2026 and the Netherlands gives the world a preview of what a “hydrogen economy” could look like.
Energy 22-06-2020

Dutch do Danish deal to hit clean power target

The Netherlands agreed on Friday (19 June) to pay Denmark €100 million as part of an arrangement that will allow the Dutch government to declare at least 8 TWh of Danish surplus renewable power on its books, in an effort to meet its EU target.
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Germany still hesitating to link stimulus packages with climate targets

France, the Netherlands and Austria want to put environmentally friendly conditions on aid for corporations. In Germany, companies themselves are calling for a climate stimulus package, yet Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is hesitating. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Dutch spell out green ideas for EU recovery fund

The Netherlands has floated proposals to ensure a green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, suggesting an “exclusion list” of economic activities like nuclear power, which the Dutch believe should be banned from receiving EU funds.
Economy & Jobs 07-04-2020

Netherlands denies blocking Sassoli from coronavirus talks

The Netherlands has never said that European Parliament President David Sassoli should be excluded from talks on the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com following a report in Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Netherlands, Austria push for tougher conditions for corona-loans

The Hague and Vienna are insisting on including stricter conditionality attached to loans for coronavirus-hit countries, toughening up the formula proposed by the eurozone’s bailout fund (ESM) and seen by EURACTIV.com.
Railways 09-03-2020

Dutch test hydrogen train as EU alliance set to launch 

The Netherlands wrapped up testing on its first foray into hydrogen train technology at the weekend, as the European Commission readies a strategy for the clean fuel that will debut on Tuesday (10 March).
Energy 28-02-2020

Fossil fuel firms team up on large-scale hydrogen

Oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch gas company Gasunie plan to build a massive green hydrogen plant in the northern Netherlands in the next decade, the companies said on Thursday (27 February), to cut emissions.
Railways 04-02-2020

Eurostar launches direct Dutch link, targets short-haul flights

Cross-Channel rail link Eurostar will operate a return London-Amsterdam service from April, the company announced on Tuesday (4 February), as it aims to up its game against short-haul plane travel. Eurostar has operated a one-way service to Amsterdam from the...
Energy 23-01-2020

EU’s creeping clean energy efforts risk missing 2020 goal  

Renewable energy made up 18% of the EU’s power consumption in 2018, according to statistics compiler Eurostat. But the slow pace of development may leave the bloc short of its 2020 target.

European Green Deal gives COP25 a ‘breath of fresh air’

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen jolted the COP25 conference in Madrid when she presented her European Green Deal yesterday (11 December). But many observers, including young people, are calling for more ambition. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2019

EU faces budget deadlock as national positions drift further away

The Commission's proposal for the EU's new long-term budget has been caught in the crossfire as net contributors criticise the idea of having to pay more while a number of southern and eastern member states have joined forces to oppose planned cuts in traditional policies. 
Climate change 03-10-2019

Germany and Netherlands sign joint declaration of intent on energy transition

Following the Dutch government's Berlin visit on Wednesday (2 October), Germany and the Netherlands signed a joint declaration of intent laying out a common energy transition plan, as well as closer cooperation in the areas of defence and asylum policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 24-09-2019

EU justice dismisses Starbucks tax ruling case, upholds Fiat

The EU general court rejected on Tuesday (24 September) the European Commission's decision that Starbucks had enjoyed a selective advantage in the Netherlands but confirmed assessment that Fiat had benefited from an unlawful tax ruling in Luxembourg.
Economy & Jobs 12-09-2019

Draghi urges Germany, Netherlands to invest against risk of recession

The European Central Bank said on Thursday (12 September) it will reactivate its bond-buying programme, stepping up the monetary stimulus to maintain economic growth, but its president Mario Draghi told Germany and the Netherlands the time has come to spend more in order to avoid the risk of a downturn.
Climate change 23-08-2019

Merkel speaks in favour of increasing EU’s 2030 climate target to 55%

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte have announced they would collaborate to strengthen climate protection at EU level, following a meeting in the Hague on Thursday (22 July). Could this be Merkel’s comeback as the ‘climate Chancellor’? EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Italy holds Netherlands, EU ‘responsible’ for migrant boat

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week.
Agrifood 24-05-2019

14 EU countries call for ‘unified approach’ to gene editing in plants

The Netherlands and Estonia are leading a coalition of 14 EU member states calling on the next European Commission to update EU GMO laws with regard to so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs).
Politics 24-05-2019

Dutch vote boosts chances of ‘progressive alliance’ in EU Parliament

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Politics 22-05-2019

#EU2019 – Dutch PM Rutte turns EP campaign into duel with far-right

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has upped the ante in the Dutch campaign for the European Parliament elections, turning the vote into a two-way battle between his liberal-conservative VVD party and the far-right FvD, led by the controversial, ideologically extreme Thierry Baudet.
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

EU country briefing: The Netherlands

A founding member of the European project, the Netherlands has been a strong proponent of regional cooperation since the end of World War II, as shown by the then-created Benelux customs union.
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