In Slovenia, entrepreneurship – or the lack of it – is a hot issue. Therefore, the Netherlands Embassy in Ljubljana organised a round table conversation about 'Dutch Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Business Culture' on 15 February. The organisation was in cooperation with the Slovene Dutch Business Platform. A panel of Slovenes and expats discussed what Slovenia and the Netherlands can learn from each other, in front of a public of over 80 people.
Both the men and women of the Dutch team delivered a great performance at the world speed skating championships. During the four days of races, they won eight gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.
Today, foreign minister Bert Koenders outlined his conviction that the Netherlands needs to be resilient in the digital age. In a letter to parliament, he submitted his plans for an International Cyber Strategy.
Dutch cities, companies and scientists have cooperated to come to a National Smart City Strategy. Prime Minister Mark Rutte had asked for this.
The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands. Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Centre will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.
The embassy will be closed on 8 February.
In 2016, 350 foreign investors provided for 11,398 extra jobs in the Netherlands.
From 30 January to 2 February, the Netherlands’ ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organisations will be back in the country for the annual Ambassadors Conference. They will use this time to strengthen their ties with the Netherlands’ political and business leaders, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations.
The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015.
The Dutch unemployment rate fell to 5.4% in the final quarter of 2016, the lowest level in 10 years, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.