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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: http://investinholland.com/foreign-investment-in-the-netherlands-creates-9300-jobs-in-2015/

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21 King's Day festivities in London

This week, we celebrated the most important day in the Dutch social calendar: our national day, otherwise known as King’s Day!

22 Graham Thoume sworn in as new Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in the Channel Islands

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.

23 Ambassador Smits hosts EU Presidency breakfast with Tony Blair

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.

24 Top Welsh lawyer sworn in as new Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in Cardiff

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.

25 Citizenship ceremony

Welkom to our new nationals! Today, Ambassador Smits welcomed fifteen new Dutch nationals during a citizenship ceremony.

26 Advisory referendum – Dutch government reaction

On 6 April 2016, an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine.

27 Visit Dutch House of Representatives European Affairs Select Committee to London

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.

28 Brussels attacks: Netherlands side by side with Belgium

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.

29 National Remembrance Day

The National Remembrance Day for all civilians and soldiers who have lost their lives since the outbreak of the Second World War, in armed conflicts, acts of terrorism or peacekeeping missions (in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere in the world) will take place on Wednesday 4 May 2016 on the Dutch Field of Honour at ‘Mill Hill Cemetery’, Wise Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 2RR.

30 International green deal with France, Flanders and the United Kingdom

Recyclable plastic and materials like aluminium and lead which remain after the incineration of waste, far too often end up as waste. They are difficult to trade internationally because such secondary raw materials are regarded differently from border to border. Given that this is a missed opportunity for both the economy and the environment, Dutch Minister for the Environment Dijksma is today signing an international green deal in Brussels aimed at stimulating this trade. Together with Minister Kamp (Economic Affairs), British, French and Flemish ministers , the business community, and environmental organisations, she is launching the North Sea Resources Roundabout (NSSR) that will remove these barriers.