King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be paying state visits to Australia and New Zealand later this year, the Royal House announced on Monday. "The visits are devoted to the history and broad bilateral ties the Netherlands has with Australia and New Zealand", according to the statement.
The Netherlands made 45 million euros available for cleaning up landmines in former conflict areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is investing the money in three demining projects operating in a total of 13 countries.
Dutch companies in Turkey are also considering Syrian refugees when looking to fill vacancies, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade announced. Currently there are 240 vacancies that are open to refugees. "That is beautiful"
The Dutch government is investing 7 million euros into providing education to children living in war zones or areas affected by natural disaster, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Monday
The Netherlands is sending another 3 million euros in extra aid to drought stricken Ethiopia, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced on Monday
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
Rejected Ukrainian asylum seekers will no longer receive any money or other support for returning to their own country, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation decided. According to them, the money was used improperly
The Dutch clothing sector is taking up the fight against child labor, poor working conditions and low wages in developing countries such as Bangladesh. On Wednesday the government is closing a textile covenant with three trade associations, two trade unions and five social organizations to address these issues and make sure Dutch consumers can rest assured that their clothing was made responsibly
The Netherlands is sending medical facilities, assistance and equipment to Greece to help out with the many asylum seekers in the country. The Greek government asked for help last week.
Kids across the Netherlands kicked off the 13th edition of the National Reading Aloud Days on Wednesday morning with breakfast and a story read to them by a politician, mayor, sports hero, actress, rapper, football player and even a princess.
Microsoft founder and richest man in the world Bill Gates called on the Netherlands to continue investing in foreign development cooperation. It is important to keep the development budget at a decent level, even with the current high influx of asylum seekers, he said
The Dutch government made another 45.4 million euros available for emergency aid to Syrian refugees living in the region, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Monday. "The situation in many places is downright pitiful." the Minister said.
Now that the economic sanctions against Iran are lifted, Dutch companies are starting to look for trade opportunities with the Middle Eastern country. Although Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign trade warns that companies will still face obstacles in Iran, there is much expectation for the opening of the market
The reception of asylum seekers accounted fore more than a quarter of this year's budget for development aid.
The Netherlands plans to give 50 million people in poor countries access to green energy in the coming years, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade wrote to the Tweede Kamer
Unlike other budgets, the budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation does not include any performance information. It is therefore impossible to determine whether the 4.1 billion euros the Netherlands spends on an annual basis to help the poorest people in the world is spent effectively and it is unclear what exactly is achieved with that money.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will be attending the refugee summit between the European Union and African countries in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday. Rutte, currently on a trade mission in Japan, will be leaving the Asian country after a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the summit.
The 4.2 billion euros the Netherlands invested in development aid last year gave millions of people in developing countries something to eat, something to drink or a job.
King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will both have a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this week. A Palestinian delegation, headed by President Abbas, will be visiting the Netherlands from Wednesday.
Minister of Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen said the controversial arbitration clause of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is already "dead and buried." She made the comment about the Investor State Dispute Settlement after receiving a petition to boycott the TTIP, a far-reaching trade agreement between the United States and Europe, signed by 110 thousand people in the Netherlands.
The government is making 58.5 million euros available to help victims of conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a spokesperson for Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation confirmed to the Volkskrant on Friday. According to the Minister, crisis in the Middle East region has reached unprecedented levels.
The four largest Dutch development aid organizations - Oxfam Novib, Icco, Hivos and Cordaid - will be laying off between a quarter and half of their employees due to budget cuts. They will also be withdrawing from a number of countries in which they are currently active
The Netherlands is investing 50 million euros in the development of the African economy. The intention is that this money will improve employment in North African countries and stop local young people from risking their lives by fleeing to Europe by boat.
The Netherlands has partially stopped its foreign aid to Burundi. This decision was made by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for various reasons, they said in a joint statement.