Good morning! There is a debate on the nitrogen fund in the House of Representatives and there is a King’s Day concert in Rotterdam.
First the weather: Today is quite sunny. With a strong easterly wind, it will be 13 to 16 degrees. Tomorrow more precipitation and a few degrees colder.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. And view the rail timetable here.
What can you expect today?
- There is again a debate about nitrogen in the House of Representatives. It is not about the nitrogen targets, but about the money that is needed for this. The government wants to allocate 24 billion euros for the nitrogen fund. The House is divided on where that money should go. The debate will be held from 11:30 am.
- Tonight is the King’s Day concert in Rotterdam, in the presence of Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Since 2014, the concert has been held in the municipality that the king visits on King’s Day. The evening is intended for the people who help with the organization of King’s Day.
- In the Eredivisie there is a make-up game at 6.45 pm: Go Ahead Eagles against RKC Waalwijk. The game was canceled at the last minute on March 10 due to snow on the field in Deventer.
- It is the day of the Belgian cycling classic De Waalse Pijl. The women’s race can be followed live at the end of the morning via the NOS app and site, the men’s race can be seen on NPO 1 from 2.15 p.m.
- The first play-offs are scheduled in the volleyball competition. At 8 p.m., the women of VC Sneek and VV Utrecht will play against each other. That duel can be seen live via NOS.nl and the NOS app.
What did you miss?
The cabinet and administrators from the Groningen region still disagree about the size of the compensation for gas extraction. King’s Commissioner René Paas said after hours of consultation that there is still a “big gap” between the wishes of the directors and the intentions of the cabinet. Groningen demands at least 30 billion euros in investments for the coming decades.
On behalf of the cabinet, Prime Minister Rutte and State Secretary Vijlbrief (Mining) were among others present in the provincial government building in Groningen. Vijlbrief said afterwards that there was a good consultation, “but we do not agree on everything”.
Two months ago, the parliamentary committee of inquiry concluded that years of gas extraction had been disastrous for the people of Groningen. The government is expected to respond to the report next month.
Other news from the night:
The Netherlands opens embassy in Moldova, ‘interest in stability and security’: The embassy in Chisinau is opened by Minister Hoekstra (Foreign Affairs). “The Netherlands has a great interest in security and stability on the eastern border,” he says. Moldova borders Ukraine.
Report: Aaron Carter drowned in bath after using Xanax and inhaling gas: The American pop star died in November at the age of 34. The coroner’s report has now become more clear about the cause of death.
Scottish athlete takes car during ultramarathon and is disqualified: 47-year-old Joasia Zakrzewski finished third in a race between Manchester and Liverpool. GPS data showed that she had a speed of 56 kilometers on part of the course.
And then this:
Three elephants are pregnant at the same time in Beekse Bergen. It concerns Punda and her two daughters Pina-Nessi and Bongi. According to zookeeper Yvonne Vogels, that is very special, which is why the zoo celebrated yesterday.