Letter of 23 June 2016 from the Minister of Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, to the President of the House of Representatives concerning the current state of affairs with regard to the MH17 disaster
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.
As members of the international community, we consider advocating for respect for universal human rights to be a fundamental aspect of our work, our mission, and our world. We recall the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind. We affirm the principles of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which includes the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The Dutch EU Council presidency is an opportunity to show Europeans the bicycle as a healthy and sustainable means of transportation with a place of its own in urban mobility.
On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear victory for the people who voted against. Tuesday 12 April the final results will be announced, but it is clear that ratification cannot just proceed as if nothing happened. The government will now deliberate on the outcome and consult with the Dutch parliament. Subsequently, the Dutch government will also speak to EU-partners and the government of Ukraine. This process will take time to be able to reach a solution that is acceptable to all parties.
Startup Fest Europe is a nation wide festival of events that helps startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). These week long matchmaking activities are a joint effort of startup hubs in the cities of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Delft, Eindhoven, Enschede, Geleen, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Wageningen and Zwolle.
Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.
The Netherlands Embassy in Bratislava, Impact HUB Bratislava, Solved and the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic jointly organise a hackathon to develop new solutions regarding big data and transparency in the European Union.
The industrial revolution has often been marked as one of the most important factors in defining modern European society. The production and trade of goods changed our way of life. Since the late 1800s, other industrial revolutions have taken place. Today, we are witnessing an even more important shift. Rapid alterations will succeed one another: Permanent modification of our production methods and economic life will take the place of stable forms of production.
For twenty years, the Department of Dutch Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Comenius University has been actively involved in promoting Dutch culture and Dutch language education in Slovakia. The year 2016 is a very special year, since we will be celebrating the 20th birthday of the Dutch language programme. Furthermore, both the Netherlands and Slovakia will be holding the Presidency of the European Council during this year. These events act as a bridge and they present an ideal occasion to draw attention to the Dutch language, Dutch culture and the Flemish culture in Slovakia.