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1 Foreign Artists in Rome. The International Discourse of the Prix de Rome, in past and present.

The value of foreign artists in residence in Rome in the past and the present. Challenges for contemporary art in Rome. The role of foreign institutes in the Eternal City. These are some of the central themes of the conference that will take place on December 16th at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. The conference is curated by artist and researcher Krien Clevis and organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and the Mondriaan Fund in Amsterdam.

2 National Commemoration of MH17

The national commemoration of the flight MH17 disaster will take place on Monday 10 November in Amsterdam. The commemoration is accessible by invitation only. The persons invited are the surviving relatives of the victims and persons involved in the air crash.

3 Netherlands elected to UN Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.

4 Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.

5 Prime minister to meet with likely new Minister of Foreign Affairs

As is customary when there is a vacancy in the cabinet, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet with the candidate for the post, in this case the prospective Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders. The meeting will be on Friday 17 October.

6 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.

7 Foreign minister nominated for senior EU job

European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker has announced his new team of Commissioners for the next five years. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans will be Mr Juncker’s First Vice President and right-hand man. If confirmed by the European Parliament, the minister will be entrusted with the portfolio on better regulation, inter-institutional relations, rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that he is ‘very happy’ with the important job Mr Timmermans has been offered.

8 Open call per progetti creativi olandesi per ‘Fuori Expo’

L’Ambasciata dei Paesi Bassi in Italia e il Consolato Generale di Milano mettono a disposizione 50.000 euro per progetti culturali innovativi. Si tratta in particolare di iniziative legate ai temi dell’Expo 2015, che sono cari anche all’Olanda: Cibo, Energia e Acqua.

9 Rutte: ‘The Netherlands and Australia are united in grief’

Press statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte after meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 11 August 2014.

10 200 years the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is 200 years old. Celebrations marking the bicentenary will be held from 2013 to 2015.