Jochem van Staalduine

For The Investigative Desk Jochem van Staalduine (1992) researches tax avoidance. Previously he has published journalistic research on subjects such as the housing market and consumer credit for Dutch media ranging from radio program Argos to weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. He has worked for de Volkskrant and is currently Trouw’s correspondent in Rotterdam and The Hague (freelance). Jochem his international journalistic ambitions. He is fluent in Romanian and working on improving his Polish.

Pharmaceuticals

‘As long as it is for free’

By Lucien Hordijk & Daan Marselis Most of the demand for (refresher) training courses for doctors in the Netherlands is fulfilled by industry- sponsored programmes. …

Pharmaceuticals

From blockbuster to nichebuster

Two decades of EU market protection of ‘orphan’ (rare disease) medicines have greatly benefitted the industry. According to research by The Investigative Desk, published in …

Pharmaceuticals

EMA rewrites medicine approval policy

New innovative medicines should be made available to European citizens more quickly. That is why the European Medicines Agency updates the process for market authorisation. …

Tobacco

NVWA barely has grip on tobacco industry

Violations of the advertisement ban by tobacco manufacturers are seldom noticed by inspection authorities. That is the conclusion of The Investigative Desk after analysing ten …

Tobacco

Dutch influencer hired to promote BAT’s Glo on Instagram

Since the summer of 2019, the media have reported about British American Tobacco’s marketing campaign for its Glo tobacco heating product, involving paid postings by …

Energy

Natural gas companies dominate Groningen research on ‘renewable’ energy

The Dutch government and energy firms finance research on renewable energy through the New Energy Coalition (NEC). The NEC’s turnover is expected to reach 100 …

Tobacco

Majority of minors succeed in buying cigarettes

By Ties Keyzer Fifty-nine percent of seventeen-year-olds succeed in buying cigarettes, according to investigations by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). The …

Tobacco

NVWA announces 19 fines to tobacco manufacturers for paying – illegal – sales bonuses

By Ties Keyzer The NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) will impose 19 fines to tobacco manufacturers who gave discounts and paid bonuses …

Tobacco

The tobacco town, the culture donation, and the deleted emails

By Krijn Schramade When British American Tobacco (BAT) closed its factory doors in the small town of Zevenaar in 2007, it donated 400,000 euros to …

Tobacco

Dutch tax authorities demand £902 million from tobacco giant BAT

The tax authorities in the Netherlands demand 902 million pounds sterling from London-based tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco, for alleged tax evasion between 2003 and …

Tobacco

Bergen op Zoom still shady about contacts with Philip Morris

By Krijn Schramade Based on the Dutch Public Access to Government Information Act (Wet openbaarheid van bestuur, WOB), The Investigative Desk unearthed 1362 pages of …

Pharmaceuticals

Evergreening the world’s most profitable medicine

Even after the expiration of Humira’s patent protection, AbbVie, the pharmaceutical company, almost completely fended off biosimilar competition for this blockbuster medicine in the Netherlands. …

Tobacco

Buying cigarettes under 18? Chances are fifty per cent that you will succeed

By Caroline Spilt Just imagine. You are not yet 18 years old, but you are a smoker. How big is the chance you can buy …

Pharmaceuticals

Reconstruction lutetium octreotate

By Lucien Hordijk Steve Jobs’ private plane, parked at Rotterdam Airport. It is September 2008 when local reporters receive tips about the arrival of Apple’s …