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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte after meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 11 August 2014.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is 200 years old. Celebrations marking the bicentenary will be held from 2013 to 2015.
I Paesi Bassi sono profondamente scossi per il terribile disastro aereo che ha coinvolto il volo MH17. Piangiamo tutte le persone che erano a bordo, qualunque fosse la loro origine. Il nostro supporto solidale va a tutti i loro cari, amici, colleghi e conoscenti. Il governo olandese sta facendo il possibile per poter fornire al più presto chiarimenti ai parenti delle vittime. Inoltre, i Paesi Bassi chiedono un'indagine internazionale indipendente e trasparente e invitano tutte le parti coinvolte a dare la propria totale collaborazione.
Il 28 maggio 2014 si terrà il Netherlands-Italian Workshop & Matchmaking Logistics a Verona