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Emergency aid incorrect? | Dilemma for sports sponsors | And GrandVision publishes annual figures

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Does the government meet entrepreneurs who wrongly did not receive emergency support? A number of entrepreneurs successfully approached the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal when they were denied their application for the Fixed Cost Allowance. Economic Affairs had until today to resolve it.

The Dutch sponsors of Olympic athletes are faced with a dilemma. Calls for cancellation of the Olympic Games, which should take place in Japan this summer, are growing. Sponsors are struggling how to stay on board now that the event is under such a magnifying glass. “It will not be like we have done in recent editions.”

A formality, but an important one: the election results for the new CDU chairman (and possible Merkel successor) will be announced. Just a week ago, Armin Laschet received the majority of the votes at the virtual party congress. We are waiting for the votes that came by mail.

GrandVision publishes the provisional annual figures. The company, which includes optical chains Pearle, EyeWish and Solaris, was sold for roughly 7 billion euros in 2019 to the French-Italian EssilorLuxottica. The corona crisis has put that takeover under pressure.

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DHL will open 250 parcel points in HEMA stores. The collection and return points will be open from Monday to Saturday. Even if the HEMAs themselves are allowed to reopen, the companies want to maintain the points.

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Joop Donkervoort is stepping down from the daily management of the sports car builder he founded 42 years ago. “But I’m certainly not dead yet, and I’m looking forward to all kinds of new projects.”

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The caretaker cabinet is coming up with a substantial addition to the corona support packages for businesses and entrepreneurs. No less than 7.6 billion euros will be allocated in the first two quarters to provide financial support – on top of existing government support.

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ps Do schools close and curfews, but no fines for companies that ask their employees to come to the office? The cabinet measures with two measures, says columnist Wimar Bolhuis.

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