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The Netherlands EU Presidency 2016

Presidency of the Council of the EU

In the first half of 2016 the Netherlands holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The previous Dutch Presidency was in 2004. It wants a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society.


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The Netherlands

Committed to Peace and Justice

The Netherlands is the only country in the world where promoting international law is enshrined in the constitution. The Kingdom is strongly committed to the international legal order and works actively to promote peace and development worldwide. The Netherlands seeks a world in which people everywhere can be sure that justice will prevail.

Netherlands Embassy in Zagreb

Medveščak 56
10000 Zagreb

+385 1 464 22 00

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January 13, 2016 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.

January 13, 2016 Every six months a different member state holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Netherlands assumes this position for the twelfth time from January to June 2016. The main task for the Netherlands Presidency is to be an “honest broker” which builds compromises between the 28 member states.


1 Jan 16 30 Jun 16

Start Dutch EU Presidency

The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January to 30 June 2016. The key principles of the Dutch Presidency will be: a Union focused on essentials, innovative growth and jobs, and connecting with citizens.

10 Feb 16

2016 European Innovation Partnership Water Conference

“How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?”. Participation of hundreds of water innovation experts from all over Europe.

2 Mar 16 3 Mar 16

CropWorld Global

Leading Exhibition and Congress in Europe for Innovations in Crop Production, Protection and Agricultural Technology

7 Mar 16 9 Mar 16

Agriwat Conference

Conference Water Footprint of agricultural products, aiming to prepare and disseminate recommendations for more efficient water resource management