News & Events
On this page you can find all news items that appeared earlier this year on our homepage. For more news and all our events follow our social media accounts!
On our Facebook page we post information about Dutch events, concerts, and happenings taking place in the United Kingdom or related to both the UK and the Netherlands.
Follow us on Twitter ( @NLinUK) to keep up to date with the latest Embassy news. For business news, follow the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) if you represent a British company thinking of expanding to the Netherlands, or Holland-UK Trade if you are a Dutch company looking to set up in the UK. You can also follow individual members of Embassy staff, who tweet in a personal capacity (see " Who we are").
Since 5 September 2016 until 1 June 2017, Dutch nationals in the UK will have the choice of applying to renew their travel document (passport and identity card) either at the Embassy in London or at VFS Global in Edinburgh (NB Not at the Consulate).
Minister Ploumen (foreign trade and development cooperation) was inundated by responses to her call for a fundraising initiative for family planning programmes. She received thousands of messages from over 150 countries in 23 languages through both social and traditional media. The vast majority of responses were positive, with many indicating a desire to donate to a fund. To meet this demand, the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs, in cooperation with Dutch NGO Rutgers, is launching 'SHE DECIDES - Global Fundraising Initiative’. Minister Ploumen: "The response to my call has been beyond expectation, with many positive reactions from around the world. It is heart-warming and inspiring that so many people from so many countries are standing up for the rights of women and girls."
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.
Since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on 23 June 2016, the Embassy has received many enquiries from Dutch citizens and businesses in the UK about the potential consequences of Brexit. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
In honour of the upcoming elections in the Netherlands on 15 March 2017, the Embassy hosted an electoral debate at the Ambassador’s Residence in London on 16 January 2017 with members of the Dutch House of Representatives . The event was fully-booked, with over 100 Dutch citizens in attendance.
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. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euros and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.
#Design4Change. That was the headline of an event held at the Dutch Ambassador’s Residence in London on 12 December. Over 2,000 people around the world watched via Facebook Live how a room full of members of the British creative community, including students from the London School of Fashion and tech innovators, were inspired by the moving stories of six female speakers:
Solicitor Andrew D. K. Wood, who is based in Norwich, was sworn in on 7 December by Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for East Anglia, with responsibility for the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Our Ambassador Simon Smits welcomed Dutch minister of Finance, and President of the Euro-group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, this week in London.
Ambassador Smits left our shores this week for his first official visit to the Channel Islands.