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Janssen vaccin for Rutte
Caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte has shared a photograph of his coronavirus vaccination on his Twitter account. Rutte, 54, dressed down for the occasion, wearing a casual T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap as he received the single-shot Janssen vaccine. He revealed during Friday’s press conference, when the government confirmed that step 3 of lifting the coronavirus restrictions will go ahead on June 5, that his appointment was booked for Monday.
Dutch miss EU targets, but did use more renewable energy last year
Renewable energy accounted for 11% of total energy usage in the Netherlands last year, up from 8.8% in 2019, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. Under EU treaties, 14% of the energy used in the Netherlands last year should have come from renewable sources – whether generated domestically or bought in from abroad. The increase was largely due to greater solar and wind energy capacity, but there was also an increase in the use of biomass, which many argue should no longer be classified as green. The amount of wind energy used in the Netherlands rose 29%, due mainly to the increase in capacity and the completion of a major new wind farm at sea off the coast of Zeeland. Sun energy usage was up 47%, again due to an increase in capacity. Biomass remains the biggest source of renewable energy – accounting for 54% of total production last year. Overall, Dutch households and industry used less energy last year than in 2019, as the coronavirus pandemic reduced traffic volumes and cut fuel consumption for transport.
Five party coalition unlikely as CDA leader rules out GroenLinks
The option of a right-centre-left coalition government including the Labour party and GroenLinks has receded, now that CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra has said he thinks the left-wing parties are too far removed from his own. The five-party coalition had been mooted as the Kaag option – a reference to the wish by D66 leader Sigrid Kaag to replace ChristenUnie with the two left wing parties and form a five party administration.
the NRC revealed that Amsterdam-based Booking.com is paying three top American executives a bonus of €28m in shares, despite having received €69m from the Dutch state in the first months of the pandemic. MPs have voted to claw back the money, but social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said during Wednesday’s debate that there are no legal grounds to force repayment.
‘During the pandemic, we used the options available to us to help Booking.com through the crisis and to maintain employment levels as well as we could, including the NOW ruling,’ the company said. ‘Repaying the NOW subsidy was always an option for us, but was something to consider when we were in calmer waters.’They will repay the money.
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