Government party D66 no longer wants airlines to decide for themselves whether to fly over conflict areas. Instead, the European aviation authority E
Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones
Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones
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Government party D66 no longer wants airlines to decide for themselves whether to fly over conflict areas. Instead, the European aviation authority EASA should be in charge of that decision, according to D66 parliamentarians Jan Paternotte and Sjoerd Sjoerdsma. They will submit a motion to this effect during a debate on aviation and conflict zones on January 29th.

"In America, the aviation authority determines when an airspace is unsafe. In Europe, it is up tot he companies themselves. We should not want to leave this to companies that have to make an impossible trade-off between safety and costs," Paternotte said on Twitter. "You must be safe. Whether you board KLM, United Airlines, or Alitalia."

This is a lesson that should have been learned after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board, Paternotte said. The fact that it has not yet been learned, can be seen by Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 shot down in Iran on January 8th, killing 176 people, he said to NRC. Only hours before that disaster, Iran fired rockets at an American base in Iraq. 

KLM decided to stop flying over Iran and Iraq due to the tensions, but other airlines did not. 

"One of the most important lessons from MH17 was that flying above conflict areas was not properly regulated," parliamentarian Sjoerdsma said to NRC. "That is still not the case. This is the time to change it."

The D66 MPs will raise this matter in parliament on Tuesday, and submit a motion to take the decision of flying over conflict zones out of airlines' hands later this month. 

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Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Amsterdam to help young people with their debts in new project

Amsterdam to help young people with their debts in new project

The municipality of Amsterdam is launching a new project with the aim of helping young people with their debts. In the project, called 'Young people debt-free start', the municipality will take over participating young people's debt. They will have to pay back the debts according to their means, with some amounts being scrapped if they make an effort to find work or start studying. 

According to figures from Amsterdam's stats office OIS, 34 percent of Amsterdam resident between the ages of 18 and 34 have debts. The amounts vary from one month's arrears on their cellphone bill to tens of thousands of euros.

"Debts cause a lot of stress. And in the case of young people, debts often determine their future," alderman Marjolein Moorman said. "The majority of these young people started out with a disadvantage and, due to bad luck or ignorance, found themselves in a situation that they can not get out of without help. That is why we are now going to help them so that they can make a new start."

The young people who participate in this project will be appointed a coach, with whom they will prepare a plan for the future, including setting goals. If they meet these goals, such as finding a job or starting a course, the municipality will write off part of their debts. 

The municipal credit bank will negotiate with the young people's creditors and buy over their debts. The credit bank will then issue the young people a loan with the residual debt amount, which they will have to repay according to their means. 

Amsterdam believes that every young person deserves a chance for a good future, the municipality said in a press release. "Debts should not stand in the way of work and education. Unfortunately, that is often the case now." The aim of this project is to help more young people pay off their debt "and at the same time, offer them the opportunity to build their future."