The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

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1 Speech by the Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, at the ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the MH17 air disaster

It is exactly a year since the MH17 air disaster that killed all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch nationals. A remembrance ceremony for the victims was held this afternoon in Nieuwegein. The private gathering for family, friends and acquaintances was organised by a special working group.

2 NFIA launches new global website

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency has launched a new website to help companies make informed decisions about locating and doing business in Holland.

3 Kingdom of the Netherlands - United Nations Security Council Candidate

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has a longstanding commitment to the UN. We strongly believe in our partnership for peace, justice and development with the UN and its Member States. We work with our partners towards a better common future. By seeking election to the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 period, we aim to make an even bigger contribution to building a more secure, just and prosperous world.

4 The world’s first pyrolysis plant opens in the Netherlands

Exactly one year after the construction of the pyrolysis plant Empyro started, the plant’s festive opening took place on 20 May 2015. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Province of Overijssel’s representative, Eddy van Hijum, who filled a tank truck with pyrolysis oil. Empyro produces oil from wood residues within a few seconds, whereas nature takes a few million years to do the same. This revolutionary new plant is a result of the fruitful collaboration between academia, industry and the Dutch government and is a big step ahead towards a bio-based economy.

5 PM Rutte meets UK PM David Cameron

Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomed his British counterpart David Cameron for a lunch meeting today at his official residence, the Catshuis.

6 Success stories, Annual results & StartupDelta: read newest developments in Holland in Prime Moves

Read all about how your company can benefit from expanding to the Netherlands in the success story interviews of Bredero Shaw and Ebury. The NFIA newsletter will also give you a brief overview of business opportunities for start ups, digital businesses and companies active in the offshore energy industry in the Netherlands.

7 Celebrating the #‎TulipsForLiberators project in Lincolnshire!

A floral mosaic, donated to the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial (IBCC) by the Dutch Government, in commemoration of Operation Manna was unveiled in all its glory in a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on 21 April. The mosaic was created by internationally renowned designer Jan Guldemond. It was planted last September and consists of over 40,000 bulbs.

8 Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS 2015)

On 16-17 April 2015, the Netherlands hosted the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in The Hague. Representatives from more than 100 national governments, as well as from the private sector and civil society, met to discuss ways to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, enhance cyber capacity-building, and agreed on norms for responsible behaviour online.

9 Flags of Liberty fly in Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

In Royal Botanical Gardens Kew is a special spring flower mosaic made of Dutch bulb flowers on display at the moment. The mosaic was unveiled on 15 April and is named ‘Flags of Liberty’. It commemorates 70 years of liberation of the Netherlands and is a Dutch thank you to the Allied Forces. The mosaic of 10 square meters has been designed by Jan Guldemond, former head designer at Keukenhof and the bulbs were supplied by JUB Holland. The colourful display on the foot of the iconic Palm House depicts the British and Dutch flags flying in the wind, celebrating liberty.

10 Extended opening hours for consular services

As of 1 March 2015, the Embassy’s Consular Department is now open to the public in the afternoon as well as the morning for passport and ID card applications (by appointment only).