Latest blog articles by Pim Mertens

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    Quarantine exception insufficient for border region

    13 November 2020
    Continued disproportionate impact on daily life in the border region With the circulation of the Coronavirus, governments are trying to restrict the movement of people. Staying at home and limiting unnecessary travel and visits is a frequently used and successful recipe against the flare-ups of Corona infections. To this end, border traffic is also being restricted. Travel advice is issued and quarantine rules are put in place. Recently, Dutch policy has changed in this respect, but not sufficiently as described in this blog.
  • The Netherlands ignores advice from the European Commission on foreign pension transfers

    10 March 2020
    Last November, the European Commission (EC) sent the Netherlands an advice stating that the Netherlands should amend its tax rules. The Dutch tax rules prevent that pension accrued in the Netherlands can be transferred when you move abroad. The so-called cross-border value transfer of pensions exposes the debate between European freedoms and fiscal autonomy. The government rejects European interference in taxes and pensions, which makes it more difficult for people to move around the EU. As a result, the government now runs the risk of the EC taking a case to the...