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Foreign Investment in the Netherlands creates 9,300 Jobs in 2015

Most jobs created at new headquarters, production facilities and distribution centers

More than 300 foreign companies like Tesla and easyJet jointly invested € 1.87 billion in the Netherlands last year. Together these companies created an additional 9,300 jobs. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and its regional partners assisted in the attraction of these investment projects. In the past year they joined forces under the Invest in Holland label. As an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the NFIA is responsible for the realization of 7,779 jobs. Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp noted: ‘In 2015, foreign companies added thousands of new jobs in the Netherlands. This confirms once again that our country offers an attractive location for foreign investors. The Dutch are highly educated, we have an excellent infrastructure and our digital highways are among the top in the world. These investments are important, they boost our economy and create jobs for a lot of people. That’s why it’s a good thing that the NFIA has strengthened ties with its regional partners and will continue to devote itself to attracting new Dutch jobs in years to come.’ NFIA’s work also comes within the Minister Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation’s area of responsibility. Minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘Thanks to the NFIA, jobs are added in the Netherlands. Companies from the US and Canada gladly establish themselves in our country and we will continue to encourage that. For example, this year we will try to attract even more Canadian companies via the Dutch Consulate in Toronto. However, upcoming markets remain of interest as well: more than a quarter of projects in 2015 came from China, India, Turkey and Brazil.’ Most jobs are created at new headquarters (2,500), production facilities (1,200) and distribution centers (1,190). Examples of foreign investment projects are the American fashion brand Michael Kors, which is building a large distribution center in Venlo, and the American fashion chain Forever 21, which decided to expand its European distribution capacity in Bergen op Zoom. Moreover, ExxonMobil will construct a hydrocracker in Rotterdam and Tesla expanded in the Netherlands with a new factory for electric cars in Tilburg. As for other parts of the world, Indian pharma and biotechnology company Cipla opened a laboratory in Bilthoven, and the British easyJet opened a new hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Invest in Holland network promotes the Netherlands abroad as an attractive country to invest and set up business, and helps interested foreign companies establishing or expanding their international activities in the Netherlands. The network started early in 2015 and will focus mainly on projects in key sectors like Chemicals, Agrifood, High Tech Systems, Life Sciences & Health and IT. For more information and a full report on the NFIA's 2015 results, see:

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11 The UK’s referendum on membership of the EU: implications for Dutch businesses

On 23 June 2016, a majority of British people voted in a referendum for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

12 Implications of the UK’s EU referendum on 23 June 2016: Frequently Asked Questions

For Dutch nationals in the UK, there will be no major changes to their situation in the near future. The UK is still a member of the EU and will remain so for at least two years after the British government has officially notified the EU it is leaving, or until the UK and the EU have reached an agreement on the terms of a British exit.

13 Joint statement on the EU referendum

President Tusk, President Schulz and Prime Minister Rutte met this morning in Brussels upon the invitation of European Commission President Juncker. They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum and made the following joint statement:

14 Visit Belfast by Ambassador Smits

As part of the Dutch EU Presidency programme, Ambassador Smits made an official visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, last week. The Ambassador had the privilege of meeting the First Minister, Arlene Foster, who received him at Stormont Castle which is located on the beautiful Stormont Estate.

15 Visit Dutch Minister for Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur

Our Minister of Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur, came to London on 11-12 May to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit, where he spoke on how to expose corruption.

16 Visit Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem paid a visit to the UK on 11-12 May.

17 Europe Day

Monday 9 May marked Europe Day, the day on which the 28 member states of the EU recognize and celebrate the peace and unity we know in Europe.

18 Ambassador Smits hosts EU Presidency lunch with Europe Minister David Lidington

Ambassador Smits hosted a Dutch EU Presidency lunch meeting at his Residence for fellow EU Ambassadors on Tuesday, with Europe Minister David Lidington MP as the guest of honour.

19 Remembrance Day Ceremony Mill Hill Cemetery

A Remembrance Day ceremony was held here in London at Mill Hill Cemetery on Wednesday 4 May. Every year on 4 May, we commemorate the Dutch victims of wartime violence. And on 5 May we celebrate our freedom on Liberation Day.

20 Embassy closure for Spring Bank Holiday, 2 May

The Dutch Embassy in London will be closed to the public for Spring Bank Holiday on 2 May.