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Netherlands: Safe Countries of Origin List Expanded

(Oct. 27, 2016) The Dutch Minister for Migration, Klaas Dijkhoff, has expanded the list of countries deemed by the Netherlands to be “safe countries of origin,” to include Algeria, Georgia, the Ukraine and Tunisia, according to an October 11, 2016 announcement. (Minister for Migration Further Expands List of Safe Countries, Ministry of Security and Justice […]

The Netherlands: Digitization of Legal System

(July 29, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted four pieces of legislation that will implement the digitization of the legal system in the Netherlands. The new provisions will be implemented in phases, beginning in early 2017.  (Senate Votes in Favour of Digitisation of Legal System, Ministry of Security and Justice website […]

Netherlands: New Minimum Wage

(July 14, 2016) The gross minimum wage for full-time workers age 23 and older in the Netherlands increased to €1,537.20 (about US$1,698) per month on July 1, 2016. (Statutory Minimum Wage as of 1 July 2016 (May 26, 2016), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website.) The previous minimum gross monthly wage for that category of […]

Netherlands: Online Marriage Notification

(July 8, 2016) As of July 1, 2016, the Netherlands has instituted the option for spouses- and partners-to-be of digitally notifying the civil status registrar of their intention to marry or enter into a registered partnership.  The computerized notification is based on a decision of the Minister of Security and Justice to allow municipal authorities […]

Netherlands: Grounds for Revoking Asylum Residence Permits Broadened

(June 30, 2016) In a letter of May 25, 2016, to the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, the Minister for Migration, indicated that the policy on revocation or refusal of an asylum residence permit will be made more stringent. Dijkhoff stated, “[w]hen people commit serious crimes that severely impact the […]

Netherlands/United States: MoU on Strengthening Criminal Justice in Caribbean

(June 17, 2016) On June 2, 2016, the Attorney General of the United States, Loretta E. Lynch, and the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ard van der Steur, along with the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on enhancing cooperation and strengthening law enforcement […]

Netherlands: Two New Sets of Administrative Sanctions Proposed to Fight Terrorism

(June 2, 2016) On May 17, 2016, the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) passed a draft temporary law put forward by the Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) that imposes administrative sanctions to help further combat terrorist-related activities. The draft legislation, whose short title is the Temporary Law on Counterterrorism Administrative Measures, was passed […]

Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Police Officers’ Use of Force

(May 12, 2016) It was reported on May 3, 2016, that Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice Ard Van der Steur has formulated a legislative proposal that would discontinue the practice of automatically labelling police officers as suspects during inquiries into the use of force. Instead, an investigation of the relevant facts would be […]

Netherlands: Crime Victims’ Rights Enhanced

(May 3, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted a legislative proposal put forward by the Minister of Security and Justice that gives victims of serious crimes the right to be heard in the courtroom and to express, “for example, [what they] think about the guilt of a suspect and what […]

Netherlands: Automatic Exchange of Tax Rulings

(Apr. 12, 2016) The State Secretary for Finance of the Netherlands, Eric Wiebes, issued Letter No. AFP 16/319 M on April 1, 2016, containing answers to questions raised by Members of the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) about the automatic exchange of information on tax rulings with European Union Member States. The matter was […]