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Those planning on celebrating King’s Day in the Netherlands on 27 April should prepare to face cool, wet conditions when they take to the streets.

Formerly known as Queen’s Day, Dutch cities now celebrate this holiday honoring King Willem-Alexander by hosting all-day street parties.

Known for its outdoor bars, street markets and concerts, Amsterdam is the most popular King’s Day destination.

Unfortunately, little warmth and sunshine are expected this week across the Netherlands, including when festivities begin on Wednesday night.

On Koningsnacht – the night before King’s Day – a couple of showers are expected, and warm clothes will be a necessity as temperatures bottom out near 3 C (36 F) towards dawn.

Kings Day

Showers on Wednesday night will be most numerous along the coast but spotty and mainly limited to the evening hours inland.

The weather pattern is not expected to vary through the end of the week.

“Thursday will remain cool and damp across the Netherlands as well,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

Thursday will not be a washout for outdoor events, but showers will dampen parts of the day.

This will be the case throughout the Netherlands, whether partygoers are attending concerts outside Amsterdam, music shows in The Hague or the nation’s largest flea market in Utrecht.

Festival goers across the eastern Netherlands, however, may have to prepare for a move indoors for a time as a few of the showers may produce thunder and lightning.

In addition to wearing waterproof shoes and carrying an umbrella, festival attendees should dress warmly.


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When Amsterdam’s city-wide street market opens at 6 a.m. CEST on Thursday, temperatures will be a chilly 4 C (39 F).

The air will be slow to warm, reaching only 6 C (43 F) by 9 a.m., when most cafes and terraces open for the day.

Afternoon temperatures will be held below the seasonal average of 12 C (54 F) on Thursday, reaching just 9 C (49 F).

“It will not be as breezy as compared to earlier in the week,” said Rathbun.

Although Amsterdam.org reports that organized activities will end at 8:00 p.m. local time, they also note that “The King’s party then continues inside all the pubs and clubs deep into the night.”

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Almere, The Netherlands
April 24, 2017

ASM International N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam:ASM) (“ASMI”) announces the pricing and the generated proceeds of its partial secondary placement of shares of ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. (“ASMPT”).

ASMI has placed a total of 20,000,000 ordinary shares of ASMPT at a price of HK$ 105.00 per share to institutional and other professional investors through a partial secondary share placement representing a stake of approximately 5% in ASMPT. The offering generated cash proceeds for ASMI of a total amount of HK$ 2.1 billion (approximately €248 million). ASMI has agreed to a 180-day lock-up period.

As of today ASMI continues to be the largest shareholder in ASMPT with a stake of approximately 34%.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited acted as bookrunner for this transaction.  

The Company intends to use the proceeds for a new share buyback program.


About ASM International

ASM International NV, headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, its subsidiaries and participations design and manufacture equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. ASM International, its subsidiaries and participations provide production solutions for wafer processing (Front-end segment) as well as for assembly packaging and surface mount technology (Back-end segment) through facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. ASM International’s common stock trades on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMI’s website at www.asm.com.


IMPORTANT NOTICES

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (“HSBC”) is acting for the Company in relation to the transaction, will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the transaction and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of HSBC nor for providing advice to any such other person. Without prejudice to liability for fraud, HSBC, its affiliates and its and its and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents disclaim any liability to any such other person in connection with the transaction. 

This announcement is for information purposes only and, save as expressly set out herein, does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction, including without limitation, the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Japan, or South Africa. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Bookrunner or by any of its respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

The distribution of this announcement and the placing of the shares as set out in this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company or the Bookrunner that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.  Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and the Bookrunner to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an offer or invitation to purchase securities. This announcement is only addressed to, and directed at, persons in member states of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC) as amended by the 2010 PD Amending Directive (Directive 2010/73/EU), as and to the extent implemented in the relevant EEA member state, and any relevant implementing measure in the relevant member state.

In addition, in the United Kingdom, this announcement is not being distributed, nor has it been approved for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”), by a person authorised under FSMA and is directed only at, persons (i) who are persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of “investment professionals” in Article 19(5) of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”), or (ii) persons who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated (“relevant persons”). Under no circumstances should persons who are not relevant persons rely or act upon the contents of this announcement. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates in the United Kingdom is available only to, and will be engaged only with, relevant persons.

This announcement does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for securities, nor is it calculated to invite any such offer or invitation. Neither this announcement nor any copy thereof may be taken into or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and dependencies, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia). In particular, this announcement does not constitute and is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States or elsewhere. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will only be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or selling security holder and that contains detailed information about the issuer and management as well as financial statements. There is no intention to make a public offering of the securities referred to in this announcement in the United States.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and actual results, and events could differ materially from those currently being anticipated as reflected in such forward-looking statements. The terms “expect”, “should be”, “will be” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause future outcomes to differ from those foreseen in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic and business conditions; demand for the Company’s products and services; competitive factors in the industries in which the Company operates; exchange rate fluctuations; legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments; political risks; terrorism, acts of war and pandemics; changes in law and legal interpretations affecting the Company’s intellectual property rights and internet communications; and the impact of technological change. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change without notice and neither the Company nor the Bookrunner assume any responsibility or obligation to update publicly or review any of the forward-looking statements contained herein.

Any indication in this announcement of the price at which ordinary shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.  No statement in this announcement is intended to be a profit forecast and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

The Bookrunner may participate in the Placement on a proprietary basis.


CONTACT

Investor contact:

Victor Bareño

T: +31 88 100 8500

E: victor.bareno@asm.com

 
Media contact:

Ian Bickerton

T: +31 625 018 512

 

 


ASMI RAISES € 248 MIO FROM 5% STAKE SALE IN ASMPT

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ING PROFILE

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s 52,000 employees offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.

ING Group shares are listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA AS, INGA.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).

Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s strategy, which is evidenced by the number one position among 395 banks ranked by Sustainalytics. ING Group shares are being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World) where ING is among the leaders in the Banks industry group.  

 

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Elements of this press release contain or may contain information about ING Groep N.V. and/ or ING Bank N.V. within the meaning of Article 7(1) to (4) of EU Regulation No 596/ 2014.

Projects may be subject to regulatory approvals. Insofar as they could have an impact in Belgium, all projects described are proposed intentions of the bank. No formal decisions will be taken until the information and consultation phases with the Work Council have been properly finalised.

Certain of the statements contained herein are not historical facts, including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to a number of factors, including, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in ING’s core markets, (2) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3) potential consequences of European Union countries leaving the European Union or a break-up of the euro, (4) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the credit and capital markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness, (5) changes affecting interest rate levels, (6) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (7) changes in investor and customer behaviour, (8) changes in general competitive factors, (9) changes in laws and regulations and the interpretation and application thereof, (10) geopolitical risks and policies and actions of governmental and regulatory authorities, (11) changes in standards and interpretations under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the application thereof, (12) conclusions with regard to purchase accounting assumptions and methodologies, and other changes in accounting assumptions and methodologies including changes in valuation of issued securities and credit market exposure, (13) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability to us of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (14) changes in credit ratings, (15) the outcome of current and future legal and regulatory proceedings, (16) ING’s ability to achieve its strategy, including projected operational synergies and cost-saving programmes and (17) the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the most recent annual report of ING Groep N.V. (including the Risk Factors contained therein) and ING’s more recent disclosures, including press releases, which are available on www.ING.com.  Many of those factors are beyond ING’s control.

Any forward looking statements made by or on behalf of ING speak only as of the date they are made, and ING assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or for any other reason.

This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction.

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Early Sunday morning: We confess to initially being less awake than the statue at the entrance to the Amsterdam convention center. Strong coffee and strong messages about hepatitis elimination quickly brought us to life.

The Sunday edition of The New York Times often includes a short feature in which a prominent person is asked to describe how he or she likes to spend an idle Sunday. Common activities are brunch, museums, outdoor activities, etc.

This came to mind yesterday as we watched more than 160 people gather for one of the final sessions of the fifty-second International Liver Congress (ILC). Whoever would have expected so many prominent people to pass on a leisurely Sunday morning in Amsterdam, after four long days of events, in favor of an 8.30 a.m. gathering titled “Elimination of hepatitis B and C in the EU: challenges and opportunities”?

The event emphasized the tremendous potential of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment regimens to reduce HCV prevalence and incidence in PWID, as well as the programmatic, political and structural barriers that must be overcome to make real progress on the ground.

This session represented only one of many ways in which the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) helped to foster the dialogue about public health dimensions of viral hepatitis at this year’s ILC. (Disclosure: the first author is a board member of EASL’s recently launched International Liver Foundation.)

For us, one of the highlights of the conference was a 19 April workshop jointly convened by EASL and the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU). A broad range of participants discussed efforts to eliminate hepatitis C virus (HCV) in people who inject drugs (PWID) from multiple perspectives. The event emphasized the tremendous potential of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment regimens to reduce HCV prevalence and incidence in PWID, as well as the programmatic, political and structural barriers that must be overcome to make real progress on the ground.

The ILC programme also included a well-attended World Health Organization (WHO) symposium on “Hepatologists as key partners in meeting the elimination goals of the WHO hepatitis strategy”. And at an abstract-driven session titled, “Public health issues in hepatology”, valuable learnings were shared from two countries with national HCV elimination programmes, Georgia and Iceland, as well as from experiences in key populations including migrants, prison inmates and PWID.

We applaud the ILC’s organisers for recognising that non-biomedical experts include not only a range of health service providers and public health practitioners but also liver patients.

Multidisciplinary approaches to liver disease were prominent at this ILC. We mean this both in the sense that the programme brought hepatologists and other types of physicians into dialogue about multidisciplinary clinical care, and also in the sense that it provided physicians and other experts with valuable opportunities to learn from each other.

It is exciting to see public health perspectives thoughtfully integrated into such a prestigious biomedical conference. And we applaud the ILC’s organisers for recognising that non-biomedical experts include not only a range of health service providers and public health practitioners but also liver patients.

Delegates from liver patient groups bring perspectives that the rest of us need to hear. Tatjana Reic, President of the European Liver Patients Association, aptly demonstrated this at the Sunday morning event on HBV/HCV elimination in the EU. Instead of referring to PWID as a “hard-to-reach” population, she remarked during her presentation, why not refer to them as an “easy-to-ignore” population?

Indeed.

We look forward to the further cross-pollination of diverse ways of thinking within EASL and at future editions of ILC.


Hepatology, Medicine and Policy is now accepting submissions on this and related issues. For more information, visit: www.hmap.biomedcentral.com.

Article source: http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2017/04/25/elimination-at-ilc2017-make-mine-a-double-espresso-that-is/


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This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for securities, nor is it calculated to invite any such offer or invitation. Neither this announcement nor any copy thereof may be taken into or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and dependencies, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia). In particular, this announcement does not constitute and is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States or elsewhere. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will only be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or selling security holder and that contains detailed information about the issuer and management as well as financial statements. There is no intention to make a public offering of the securities referred to in this announcement in the United States.                                                                   


Almere, The Netherlands
April 24, 2017

ASM International N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam: ASM) (ASMI) announces the pricing and the generated proceeds of its partial secondary placement of shares of ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. (ASMPT).

ASMI has placed a total of 20,000,000 ordinary shares of ASMPT at a price of HK$ 105.00 per share to institutional and other professional investors through a partial secondary share placement representing a stake of approximately 5% in ASMPT. The offering generated cash proceeds for ASMI of a total amount of HK$ 2.1 billion (approximately €248 million). ASMI has agreed to a 180-day lock-up period.

As of today ASMI continues to be the largest shareholder in ASMPT with a stake of approximately 34%.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited acted as bookrunner for this transaction.  

The Company intends to use the proceeds for a new share buyback program.


About ASM International

ASM International NV, headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, its subsidiaries and participations design and manufacture equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices. ASM International, its subsidiaries and participations provide production solutions for wafer processing (Front-end segment) as well as for assembly packaging and surface mount technology (Back-end segment) through facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. ASM International’s common stock trades on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol ASM). For more information, visit ASMI’s website at www.asm.com.


IMPORTANT NOTICES

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (“HSBC”) is acting for the Company in relation to the transaction, will not regard any other person as a client in relation to the transaction and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to clients of HSBC nor for providing advice to any such other person. Without prejudice to liability for fraud, HSBC, its affiliates and its and its and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents disclaim any liability to any such other person in connection with the transaction. 

This announcement is for information purposes only and, save as expressly set out herein, does not constitute an offer or invitation to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice in any jurisdiction, including without limitation, the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Japan, or South Africa. Persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser.

This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by the Bookrunner or by any of its respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefor is expressly disclaimed.

The distribution of this announcement and the placing of the shares as set out in this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company or the Bookrunner that would permit an offering of such shares or possession or distribution of this announcement or any other offering or publicity material relating to such shares in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required.  Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and the Bookrunner to inform themselves about, and to observe, such restrictions.

This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an offer or invitation to purchase securities. This announcement is only addressed to, and directed at, persons in member states of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC) as amended by the 2010 PD Amending Directive (Directive 2010/73/EU), as and to the extent implemented in the relevant EEA member state, and any relevant implementing measure in the relevant member state.

In addition, in the United Kingdom, this announcement is not being distributed, nor has it been approved for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”), by a person authorised under FSMA and is directed only at, persons (i) who are persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of “investment professionals” in Article 19(5) of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”), or (ii) persons who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated (“relevant persons”). Under no circumstances should persons who are not relevant persons rely or act upon the contents of this announcement. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates in the United Kingdom is available only to, and will be engaged only with, relevant persons.

This announcement does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for securities, nor is it calculated to invite any such offer or invitation. Neither this announcement nor any copy thereof may be taken into or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and dependencies, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia). In particular, this announcement does not constitute and is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States or elsewhere. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will only be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or selling security holder and that contains detailed information about the issuer and management as well as financial statements. There is no intention to make a public offering of the securities referred to in this announcement in the United States.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and actual results, and events could differ materially from those currently being anticipated as reflected in such forward-looking statements. The terms “expect”, “should be”, “will be” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause future outcomes to differ from those foreseen in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic and business conditions; demand for the Company’s products and services; competitive factors in the industries in which the Company operates; exchange rate fluctuations; legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments; political risks; terrorism, acts of war and pandemics; changes in law and legal interpretations affecting the Company’s intellectual property rights and internet communications; and the impact of technological change. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change without notice and neither the Company nor the Bookrunner assume any responsibility or obligation to update publicly or review any of the forward-looking statements contained herein.

Any indication in this announcement of the price at which ordinary shares have been bought or sold in the past cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.  No statement in this announcement is intended to be a profit forecast and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings per share of the Company for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings per share of the Company.

The Bookrunner may participate in the Placement on a proprietary basis.


CONTACT

Investor contact:

Victor Bareño

T: +31 88 100 8500

E: victor.bareno@asm.com

 
Media contact:

Ian Bickerton

T: +31 625 018 512

 

 


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WASHINGTON—The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) is calling on the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment to determine who in the government should have “final responsibility” for the safety of air traffic at and around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The request is one of eight recommendations included in a final report capping a yearlong investigation into an increase in runway incursions and other on-airport incidents since 2014.

While the DSB said it had found “no evidence to suggest that safety at Schiphol is inadequate,” officials did find many opportunities for improvement. Those include the need for a central authority with final responsibility. “The ministry has no overall picture of aviation safety at and around Schiphol, nor is it able to determine whether the main safety objectives are being achieved,” the DSB said. “In addition, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate lacks the knowledge and resources required to maintain effective in-depth oversight of the parties operating at Schiphol.”

The DSB launched the probe in March 2016, after seeing “a series of incidents, some of which occurred more than once” at the airport starting in 2014, and coincident with an increase in traffic. The agency’s goal was to determine if the problems were due to multiple root problems, including layout, location and how operators are using the facility.

“Schiphol is a complex airport, both in terms of its infrastructure and in terms of how air traffic is handled,” the DSB said. “This complexity entails certain risks for air traffic. Schiphol’s rapid growth is increasing that complexity further.”

Events recorded in 2014–16 include a pushback incident in November 2014; a clearance and takeoff of an Airbus A320 from a closed runway in June 2015; and a runway incursion in February 2016.

The DSB said factors behind the incidents include high workload and “capacity shortages” for air traffic controllers, and “not enough room to park aircraft.” Additional risks include traffic crossing the takeoff and landing runways; deviations from procedures to handle the traffic; and a large number of daily runway configuration changes—many of which are the result of “noise preferential flight operations” for communities. “All of this indicates that Schiphol is approaching the limits of its ability to handle air traffic safely within the current operational concept,” the DSB said.

Of concern to the DSB is that no single party takes responsibility for the integral safety of air traffic at and around the airport. While the Dutch government is ultimately responsible for safety at the airport, the DSB said that role has been delegated to “parties” that have not delivered “comprehensive, collective safety guarantees.”

Several of the recommendations are focused on the airport operator, Schiphol Group, and the nongovernmental air navigation services provider, Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland, or LVNL. Included are calls to develop “future-proofed” operational concepts for the airport, potentially including reducing runway configuration changes and complexity of the layout; and developing a “shared vision” on safety at Amsterdam Schiphol, including targets to be achieved.

The DSB is asking the Netherlands government to “flesh out the role of the party with final responsibility for safety at and around Schiphol,” in addition to actively monitoring safety; performing trend analyses; and carrying out “comprehensive assessments” of the safety impacts of potential changes due to the recommendations.

“This investigation makes it clear that further growth of Schiphol will require more than marginal adjustments to the existing policy,” said the DSB. “Indeed, this calls for a fundamental debate on the future of aviation in the Netherlands and on the options and limitations regarding Schiphol’s further growth.”

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