This Saturday, it is 60 years ago that the leaders of 6 European countries came together in Rome where they signed the new treaties that established the European Economic Community and Euratom (European Atomic Energy Community). These organisations are forerunners of the current European Union. The picture shows how Dutch newspapers reported on the new treaties the day after the ceremony.
This conference with a world class content program and renowned speakers from all over the globe will be held in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region in the Netherlands. There will be two venues, an exhibition, a state-of-the-art social program, 12 exciting excursions in the wonderful Arnhem - Nijmegen region and a great afternoon and evening in Amsterdam. Furthermore, there is a special pre and post program available! The participants come from over 80 countries.
Last month, Minister Liliane Ploumen (foreign trade and development cooperation) started ‘She Decides’, an initiative to raise funds for family planning programmes. She did this after the American President Donald Trump ended the financing of such programmes. From all over de world, thousands of positive reactions followed.
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.