News & Events
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The Dutch Embassy in London will be closed to the public for Spring Bank Holiday on 2 May.
This week, we celebrated the most important day in the Dutch social calendar: our national day, otherwise known as King’s Day!
Graham Thoume, Deputy Country Executive & Managing Director at ABN AMRO (Guernsey) Ltd, was yesterday sworn in by Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Simon Smits, as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Channel Islands.
Ambassador Smits hosted a Dutch EU Presidency breakfast meeting at his Residence for fellow EU Ambassadors today, with Tony Blair as the guest of honour.
Leading Welsh lawyer Helen Thomas was today sworn in by Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cardiff.
Welkom to our new nationals! Today, Ambassador Smits welcomed fifteen new Dutch nationals during a citizenship ceremony.
On 6 April 2016, an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine.
A delegation from the Dutch House of Representatives European Affairs Select Committee paid a visit to London yesterday. During a busy programme, members of the Committee met with British Minister for Europe David Lidington, Chair of British Influence Peter Wilding, and their counterparts in the House of Commons EU Scrutiny Committee and House of Lords EU Select Committee.
Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.
Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert believes the European Union needs to have a new Global Strategy by June. It must clearly describe how Europe is going to deal with the increasingly complex and connected world. The Minister said this on Friday in Paris at the ‘Europe’s security and defence: what next?’ seminar, organised by the Dutch embassy in the context of the EU Presidency. ‘A new attitude towards the EU’s responsibility as a security provider is needed,’ said Ms Hennis. ‘We will have to show that the EU can be a credible, effective and efficient security actor in its immediate region and beyond. Europe has to grow up.’