Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Local Court Ruling on Bitcoin Transaction http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404009_text Currency; Financial services; Foreign exchange; Torts - 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404009_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Central Bank Statement on Virtual Currencies http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404010_text Currency; Financial services; Foreign exchange - 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 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.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404010_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Combined Residence and Work Permit Implemented for Some Foreign Workers http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403947_text Immigration; Labor - 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 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. 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 Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403947_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403808_text Child custody; Crime and law enforcement; Domestic violence - 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 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. 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403808_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403777_text Controlled substances; Criminal procedure; Police power - 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 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. 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403777_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Draft Smoking Ban Legislation Sent to Council of State http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403650_text Tobacco and smoking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403650_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403643_text Crime and law enforcement; Government ethics and transparency; Lawyers and legal services; Money laundering - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403643_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Children http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403616_text Family; Immigration - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403616_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal to Remove Non-Original Writings from Copyright Protection http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403500_text Intellectual property - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403500_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Strengthening of Prosecution of Foreign Bribery Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403483_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403483_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Rejection of Ban on Illegal Downloading and Other Copyright Policy Motions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403448_text Intellectual property - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403448_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Revision of Law on Private Limited Companies http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403367_text Corporations - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403367_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal for Expansion of Pre-Trial Detention Sent to Legislature http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403344_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403344_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Transgendered Individuals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403341_text Women's rights - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403341_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Unilateral Decree on Avoidance of Double Taxation Amended Due to Introduction of New Tax on Banks http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403304_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403304_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Pedophile Organization Banned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403222_text Children - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403222_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Overhaul of Rules on Review of Criminal Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403223_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403223_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: New Bank Tax Under Consideration by Parliament http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403221_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403221_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Rising Retirement Age http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403160_text Employee benefits - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403160_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Orders Blocking of The Pirate Bay http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403157_text Communications - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403157_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Amended Telecommunications Act Prescribes Net Neutrality, Stricter Cookie Provisions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403143_text Communications - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 15 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403143_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Data Protection Act Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403124_text Right of privacy - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403124_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Supreme Court Holds U.N. Cannot Be Sued in Bosnia Massacre Case http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403102_text International affairs - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403102_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposed Tightening of Supervision over Legal Profession http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403049_text Lawyers and legal services - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403049_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal on Making Biometric Data Mandatory for Residency Permit Applications http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403032_text Immigration and nationality - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403032_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Citizens Group Seeks New Right to Die http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403034_text Death and dying - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403034_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Draft General Administrative Law Act Amendment Would Change State Liability for Damages to Individuals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403022_text Administrative law and regulatory procedures - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403022_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Ban of the Drug Khat Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403027_text Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403027_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal to Increase Human Trafficking Punishment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403021_text Human trafficking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403021_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Wearing of Face Coverings in Most Public Places to Be Banned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402970_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402970_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Belgian Employees May Lose Tax Deferral http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402931_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402931_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal on DNA Relationship Testing in Criminal Justice Adopted by Senate http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402916_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402916_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Burqa Ban Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402865_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402865_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal for Tightening of Fines for Major Traffic Offenses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402864_text Transportation and public works - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402864_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal to Expedite Handling of Bankruptcy Class Actions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402755_text Bankruptcy - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402755_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Mandated Period of Provider Retention of Internet Data Shortened http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402757_text Communications - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402757_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: More Legal Protection for Taxpayers Against Audits http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402707_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402707_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Pensionable Age Extended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402673_text Employee benefits - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402673_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Data Protection Authority Warns Google of Possible Fines for Street Mapping http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402644_text Communications - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402644_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Local Ruling Upholding Head Scarf Ban in Catholic School http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402618_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402618_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Stricter Law Enforcement Planned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402590_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402590_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Legal Assistance for Domestic Violence Victims http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402571_text Domestic violence - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402571_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: New Preliminary Procedure Proposed for Timelier Case Handling http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402538_text Judiciary - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402538_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Improvement of Victims' Position in Criminal Procedure http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402512_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402512_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: New Act Addressing Disaster Emergency Prepareness in Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402429_text Disasters - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402429_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands; Netherlands Antilles: Constitutional Reform for Netherlands Antilles Takes Effect http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402309_text Constitution - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402309_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: 2011 Tax Proposals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402267_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402267_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: 2011 Budget Proposals Include Some Austerity Measures http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402268_text Budget - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402268_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Attorney-Client Privilege and Telephone Conversations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402219_text Lawyers and legal services - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402219_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposed Legislation to Enhance Protection of Computer Data http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402174_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402174_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Imposes Maximum Penalty for Illegal Shipping of Toxic Waste http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402128_text Environmental protection - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402128_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Pilot Program to Receive and Accommodate Trafficking Victims http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402086_text Human trafficking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402086_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Authorizes Extradition of Terror Suspect http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402021_text Terrorism - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402021_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Trial of Somali Pirates Underway http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402012_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 27 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402012_text Global Legal Monitor: International Labour Organization; Netherlands: Conference on Child Labor http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401973_text Labor - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401973_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Report of Special Parliamentary Commission on Financial Crisis Issued http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401975_text Banks and financial institutions - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401975_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Electronic Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401890_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401890_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Test of Fingerprint Database Legality http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401834_text Right of privacy - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401834_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Retrial of Hofstad Group http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401830_text Terrorism - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401830_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Inheritance and Gift Tax Lowered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401742_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401742_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Retirement Age to Rise http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401716_text Employee benefits - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401716_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Several Tax Information Accords Concluded http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401709_text Taxation - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401709_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Residence Permit Fees to Be Increased in 2010 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401664_text Immigration and nationality - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401664_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Centralized Fingerprint Database for Passports http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401602_text Right of privacy - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 06 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401602_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Marijuana Pass Planned for Nationals Only http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401569_text Drug trafficking; Administrative law and regulatory procedures - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401569_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Industry Code of Conduct Caps Bank Manager Bonuses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401566_text Banks and financial institutions - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401566_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Health Ministry Proposal to Amend Anti-Smoking Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401568_text Tobacco and smoking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401568_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Ruling Against File-Sharing Website Mininova http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401539_text Intellectual property - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401539_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Collection of Post-Divorce Maintenance Payments Enhanced http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401482_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 07 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401482_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Judicial Reforms Proposed to Improve Access to Legal System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401473_text Judiciary - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401473_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Conviction Upheld in Saddam Hussein Chemical Supplier Case http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401409_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 06 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401409_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Measures to Facilitate Seizure of Criminal Proceeds http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401377_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401377_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Accession to 1970 UNESCO Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401375_text Cultural heritage - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401375_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Few Terror Suspects Actually Convicted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401362_text Terrorism - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401362_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: New Stimulus Package http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401227_text Economics and Public Finance - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401227_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Parenting Plans Required in Cases of Divorce http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401144_text Families - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401144_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Prison After-Care Criticized http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540978_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540978_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Limits on Community Service Orders http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540833_text Crime and law enforcement - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540833_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Severance Pay Ceiling Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540825_text Labor - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540825_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Terrorist Cases of PKK, Hofstad Group Adjudicated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540720_text Terrorism - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540720_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Iranian Students Challenge Study Ban http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540638_text Education - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540638_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Asylum Procedures to Be Revised http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540526_text Immigration and nationality - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540526_text Global Legal Monitor: Belgium; Luxembourg; Netherlands: New Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540530_text International affairs - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports 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 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,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540530_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Efficiency of Drugs Policy Under Scrutiny http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540312_text Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports 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 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, 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 Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540312_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Agreement Reached on Government Finances of Future Countries of Curacao and Sint Maarten http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540232_text Government - 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the Netherlands has adopted On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently used legal entity in the The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a broader range of criminal suspects during the period in which On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on August On June 27, 2012, the civil court in Assen, the Netherlands, outlawed the pedophile association Martijn, ordering its immediate dissolution. The reason for the decision, according to a statement from the court, was that the organization On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are deemed to have become obsolete and "too limited in legal In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted the draft on May 22, It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of five Dutch political parties, the retirement age in the Netherlands In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The Pirate Bay, a multimillion subscriber file-sharing website based in Sweden, On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform to European Union Directive 2009/136/EC. (Peter van der Veen, On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law (updated Dec. 15, 2005); Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (July 6, The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group Out of Free Will submitted the "Completed Life" initiative. The The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (States-General, Staten-Generaal) to increase the maximum punishment for On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According The second chamber of the Dutch legislature recently approved changes to the conditions that apply to the "30% rule," whereby employees of foreign companies operating in the Netherlands are allowed to defer 30% of their salary The Upper House of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) agreed on November 22, 2011, to the use of DNA relationship tests by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in crime-fighting. By means of The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), the lower house of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Parliament), on September 5, 2011, on increasing fines for According to a press release issued on July 11, 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has drafted a legislative proposal that would enable receivers to settle bankruptcies involving large numbers of debtors more quickly, As of July 16, 2011, providers of public telecommunications networks or services in the Netherlands are mandated to retain Internet-related data for a period of six months, reduced from the former requisite period of 12 months. Amendments to the General Law on Taxation (Algemene wet inzake rijksbelastingen), and to other laws relating to taxpayer legal protection in the Netherlands, were published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE (STAATSBLAD) on June 3, 2011. The The Council of Ministers of the Netherlands adopted a proposal on April 29, 2011, to raise the official retirement age to 66 in 2020; at present it is 65. It is estimated that the move would On April 19, 2011, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (College bescherming persoonsgegevens, CBP) issued several administrative orders for incremental penalty payments against Google Inc. and Google Netherlands BV, to be applied unless they take certain actions On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the In two separate moves reported on March 25, 2011, the Netherlands moved to crack down on offenses. Under a plan announced by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch government would increase the maximum punishment for violent According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands On February 2, 2011, the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ivo Willem Opstelten, submitted a legislative proposal on a preliminary procedure regulation for the timelier handling of cases, in particular those involving major On January 1, 2011, the Act for the Improvement of the Position of Victims in Criminal Procedure entered into effect in the Netherlands. The new legislation enhances the rights of victims and their relatives and stipulates The Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands recently issued a tripartite document on the Dutch Security Regions Act (Wet veiligheidsregio's) that entered into force on October 1, 2010. Part I of the document On October 10, 2010, an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles on constitutional reform went into effect. It was announced in September that these two parties had signed a final declaration that completed the On September 21, the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands presented to the Lower House of the Parliament the 2011 plan for Dutch taxes, to apply from January 1, 2011. Details of the plan affecting direct The Netherlands' 2011 draft budget was presented to the Lower House of Parliament on September 21, 2010. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the caretaker government's plan introduces "modest budget cuts to fix public finances" next It was indicated in a letter from the Netherlands Minister of Justice to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, released on August 23, 2010, that as of 2011 confidential telephone conversations between lawyers and their On July 28, 2010, Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin sent for comment to various agencies a legislative proposal to provide citizens with greater protection against abuse of computer data. The proposed changes would amend the On July 23, 2010, the Amsterdam District Court imposed the maximum fine of 1 million (about US$1.28 million) on Trafigura Beheer BV, a multinational oil trading company, for illegally shipping 400 tons of hazardous toxic sludge, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, officially launched a pilot program on June 23, 2010, for the reception and accommodation of human trafficking victims, by opening 50 new On May 31, 2010, the Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, authorized the extradition to the United States of a terrorism suspect from Somalia. The suspect, Mohamud Said Omar, had been arrested in the Dutch refugee On May 25, 2010, the District Court of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, began what is expected to be a five-day trial of five Somali citizens accused of "sea robbery." (Press Release, Court of Rotterdam, Substantive Treatment On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices The de Wit Commission, a Dutch parliamentary group set up in 2009 to examine developments and problems in the world financial system in general and of the Netherlands' financial system in particular, published its findings on It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom It was reported on February 18, 2010, that a Dutch court may soon hear the appeal of Aaron Boudewijn, a law student at the University of Utrecht, against a municipal government decision to deny him a It was reported on February 2, 2010, that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, has ordered the retrial of alleged terrorist plotters, the Hofstad Group, whose members have been connected with the murderer On December 15, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill that will dramatically lower inheritance and gift taxes, by granting higher exemptions and lower rates. The amendments, most On November 21, 2009, thousands of Dutch workers held protests in four Dutch cities against the government's decision, announced in mid-October, to raise the state retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2025. In addition to On September 10, 2009, the Netherlands (in respect of Netherlands Antilles) and Norway signed an amending protocol to their income and capital tax treaty of November 13, 1989. Information about the new provisions has just become The Dutch government has increased the fees that must be paid in order to obtain a residence permit in the Netherlands. The new fee schedule also affects the cost of obtaining a replacement resident document and It was reported on September 18, 2009, that the Dutch government will store in one database the fingerprints required of citizens in applying for a new passport, a measure that goes beyond current European Union requirements. The Dutch government plans to introduce a national marijuana pass, available only to Dutch nationals over 18 years of age, under a program that would ban foreigners from visiting "coffee shops" (marijuana cafes). The pass will The Dutch Banking Federation (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, NVB) published a code of conduct, applicable to domestic and foreign banking activities, on September 9, 2009. In particular, it regulates the bonuses of bank management board members, Dutch newspapers reported on September 10, 2009, that the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ab Klink, has made a proposal to change the anti-smoking law to apply anew to owner-operator bars and caf;s. Two recent Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links A new regulation that entered into force on August 1, 2009, aims to ensure the implementation or resumption of payment of partner maintenance, voluntary or not, after a divorce or separation or the dissolution of a According to a press release issued by the Dutch Ministry of Justice on July 28, 2009, the Ministry has submitted a legislative proposal to make the country's legal system more accessible to its citizens. In addition, On June 30, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a 2005 conviction of Frans Van Anraat on war crimes charges stemming from his business dealings with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (Judgment LJN: BG4822, To crack down on financial and economic crime, the Netherlands has recently formulated measures that will make it easier to seize criminal assets. Hirsch Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice, has proposed that similar steps be On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means According to figures from the public prosecutors' department in the Netherlands, very few of the suspects arrested in that country for alleged acts of terrorism since September 11, 2001, have been convicted of the crime. This Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands outlined his government's plan to "invest heavily in the Netherlands' future" in a statement made to the Dutch House of Representatives on March 25, 2009. (Press Release, Government Under the Promotion of Continued Parenting and Proper Divorce Act (Wet bevordering voortgezet ouderschap en zorgvuldige scheiding), which took effect in the Netherlands on March 1, 2009, parents must record agreements about their children in a According to a report "Transition to After-Care," published by the Sanction Application Inspectorate of the Netherlands on January 26, 2009, after-care for persons released from prison varies across the country, lacks consistency in standards, and needs A new bill that would disallow courts from imposing community service orders alone as a sanction against serious sexual and violent offenders has been proposed by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, according to a press The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands announced in a press release on November 26, 2008, that the Dutch Cabinet had endorsed a legislative proposal to place a ceiling of one year's salary as the severance On October 8, 2008, the Den Bosch district court in The Netherlands dismissed charges of terrorism against 16 alleged members of the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party), a militant Kurdish separatist movement that Since July 2008, the government of the Netherlands has forbidden Iranians from taking courses related to nuclear technology in Dutch schools. Under the policy, even Dutch citizens of Iranian descent who do not hold Iranian passports 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 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, 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540232_text