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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.’
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.
On Monday 7 March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the EU summit with Turkey to discuss the migration crisis.
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.
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.
Over 300 policymakers, film producers, media companies and film distributors from all over Europe are meeting up in Amsterdam on 3 and 4 March to discuss the future of media use in Europe. The conference is being held by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science under the auspices of the Dutch Presidency of the EU.