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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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31 Ambassador Smits visits Edinburgh

Ambassador Smits paid an official visit to Scotland last week as part of his tour of the UK during the Dutch EU Presidency. In a packed programme, he met the Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf MSP and the Lord Provost (Lord Mayor) of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson.

32 Ambassador Smits visits Wales

During a visit to Cardiff on Thursday 25 February, Ambassador Smits held talks with Welsh First Minister Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, briefed the Committee Chairs of the Welsh Assembly, met with the European Commission Delegation in Wales and paid a visit to the Life Sciences Hub.

33 Ambassador Smits hosts EU breakfast meeting with Foreign Secretary Hammond

Ambassador Smits hosted a breakfast meeting at his residence with Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and fellow EU Ambassadors.

34 Register to vote!

Local elections, including for the London Assembly and the Mayor of London, will take place across the UK on 5 May 2016. Did you know that Dutch citizens aged over 18 who are resident in the UK are entitled to vote in local elections in the UK? To do so, you will need to register to vote by the deadline of 18 April 2016.

35 Ambassador Smits presents Dutch EU Presidency priorities

Ambassador Simon Smits presented the priorities of the Netherlands EU presidency to the European Union Committee to the House of Lords on 2 February.

36 Foreign Investment in the Netherlands creates 9,300 jobs in 2015

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.

37 Prime Minister Rutte addresses the European Parliament

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 20 January. In an address to the plenary session, he outlined the priorities of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council.

38 Contacting an Embassy or Consulate

If you are in trouble abroad and can't sort things out for yourself, ask the local Dutch embassy or consulate for help. But be aware that consular assistance can cost money.

39 Travellers can reach foreign ministry 24/7 at +31 247 247 247

Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.

40 Register for the referendum regarding the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine

Are you Dutch and do you want to participate in the referendum regarding the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on 6 April 2016?