NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 06:31
Good morning! Hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Netherlands start fasting for Ramadan at dawn. And the Keukenhof in Lisse opens its doors to visitors.
First the weather: Today it is mostly cloudy. A number of heavy showers are spread across the country with a chance of hail and thunder. With a strong southwest wind, it will be 12 to 16 degrees. The next few days will remain changeable with sometimes a lot of wind.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check the rail timetable here.
What can you expect today?
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Netherlands are starting the fasting month of Ramadan. During this period, Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke and have sex from sunrise to sunset. It is a month of reflection, a period in which more attention is paid to charity. The Keukenhof flower exhibition opens its doors to visitors. Every year, more than a million people from all over the world come to the park in Lisse. Central polling stations determine the final results of the Provincial States and Water Board elections. Most provinces are announcing the results today. North Brabant, Utrecht and South Holland will announce the results tomorrow. The NPO 3FM Awards will be presented at Paard in The Hague. Goldband is the biggest contender with four nominations.
What did you miss?
The introduction of a new system for the savings tax is likely to be delayed again, says State Secretary Van Rij in an interview in NRC. The government wants to start levying tax on the actual return on savings and investments in box 3 from 1 January 2026, but according to the State Secretary for Taxation, that date is practically unfeasible.
The original plan in the coalition agreement was to have the new system come into effect from 2025, but last September it became clear that this planning was not realistic. Now the implementation seems to take even longer.
“To be very honest: if the bill is there this summer, and we also want to do an internet consultation, and if you then allocate a year and a half for the legislative process, it will be very complicated to reach 1 January 2026,” says Van Rij to the newspaper. “Because you also need another year and a half for the implementation.” As a result, it seems that the new levy cannot be introduced until 2027 at the earliest.
Other news from the night:
And then this:
A little more about the Keukenhof: the park is now a place to enjoy flowers, but it originally had a different function.
Keukenhof open again tomorrow, ‘they come from all over the world’
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