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Wopke Hoekstra and the Pandora Papers | Action against ‘fossil advertising’ | And KLM has applied for 2 billion NOW support

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We’ll update you on the Pandora Papers…you know. That’s the leaked accounts of 14 companies that specialize in helping other companies pay as little tax as possible. Trouw, Het Financieele Dagblad and research platform Investico have access to these documents. And yesterday it turned out that CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra invested money in a company through a letterbox company in the British Virgin Islands. A notorious tax haven.

Greenpeace campaigns against ‘fossil advertising’ aka greenwashing. According to the environmental organization, companies such as Shell and Total are misleading consumers by claiming that they are sustainable through social media advertisements. Not true, says Greenpeace. That should cause a lot of noise in the port of Rotterdam today. That deception is therefore called greenwashing and that is unacceptable, says the ACM.

Mind the gap! There is relief for (business) travelers to and from England. The complicated ‘traffic light system’ that provides color codes for high-risk countries is disappearing. From Monday, countries will be red or green, unsafe or safe. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be pre-tested when flying to England from a safe green country.

Medicines watchdog EMA makes a judgment about the corona booster. The one from Pfizer/BioNTech. In the Netherlands, the extra shots with the corona vaccine are used for people aged 12 and older with a severe immune disorder. For others, such a third shot is not yet necessary, the agency said earlier. Though that could still change.

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Finding a new home is already difficult in this tight housing market, but if you have a disability it is even more difficult. For example, not every house is suitable for a wheelchair or scooter. The handicapped Robin ended up on the street.

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And this you may have missed this weekend:
KLM airline, which celebrates its 102nd anniversary next week, has applied for 1.7 billion euros in wage support from the government.

This could come along at the digital coffee machine:

  • Michèle makes cupcakes, cookies, muffins, but not for you. For your dog.
  • Lidl stops selling cigarettes: ‘But I’m really not going to stop!’
  • One in three employees is approached for another job.
  • Shopping even faster: Aldi tests checkout-free supermarket.

Good day!

ps An increase in wages by ten percent does not immediately bring enough people to the workplace, but in the longer term it can be very beneficial for employers, employees and society, says Leo Lucassen in his column.

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