The Netherlands is big in volunteering, which culminates every year in a “NL Doet” (Netherlands Does) day. Over 350,000 people participated in the NL Doet day 2017, including the King, the Queen and the Embassy Team in Zagreb. At the Special Hospital for Children with Neurodevelopment and Motor Disabilities Goljak we painted the livingroom, hallway and benches outside in a nice new and bright color and we hope that the children at the hospital will now enjoy playing and learning there even more!
The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam) is an international residency program. During their two years’ residency, emerging professional artists are stimulated to reflect critically on their work and break new ground. They are offered artistic, theoretical and technical support within a well-equipped working environment.
As of 1 December 2016 new opening hours of the Consular Department: Wednesday and Friday 10.00 - 12.00 hours
On 15 September 2016, registration opened for non-resident Dutch nationals who are eligible to vote in the parliamentary election on 15 March 2017. Registration will remain open until 1 February 2017.
The new Energy Report of the Netherlands provides a comprehensive long-term strategy to a low-carbon energy supply that is safe, reliable and affordable. By the end of 2016 the Dutch government will present its Energy Agenda, which presents the measures to be taken for the period after 2023, in order to comply with European and international obligations to reduce carbon emission by 80-95% in 2050.
The Dutch Minister Education, Culture and Science intends to change the restitution policy of art works in Dutch possession which were looted during WWII. The Minister’s objective is a “fair and just solution” in accordance with the highly regarded and internationally renowned Washington Principles, which attempts to diminish litigation and promote mediation and negotiation by guidelines and best-practices.
This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
The Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU has been marked by our emphasis on innovation, pragmatism and transparency. As Presidency holder the Netherlands has worked hard to bring member states together on such important issues as migration, safety and the internal market, an aim which resulted in concrete decisions. There was, of course, disappointment about the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom.
Dutch research institute Deltares and Dutch consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV will join an international consortium to establish a Flood Forecasting and Warning System for six countries in the Sava river basin.
On Thursday 23rd of June Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is organising the meeting ‘Loop binnen in het buitenland’ at New Babylon Meeting Center in The Hague.