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.
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. Much remains unclear at the moment. The maximum threat level is now in effect across Belgium. The EU cancelled all working group meetings scheduled for the morning of Tuesday 22 March. Mr Koenders, speaking from Indonesia, urged Dutch nationals not to travel to Brussels. ‘Right now, we don’t yet know if there are the Dutch nationals among the victims,’ he said. ‘The embassy is working with the local authorities to determine whether this is the case.’ For the latest information regarding travel to Belgium, consult the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises you against travelling to Brussels at present, until more is known about the situation.
The largest regional forum of producers of agricultural products and food supplies - Azerbaijan International Agriculture Exhibition, Caspian Agro 2016 will take place on 19-21 May in Baku. This year the Exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary. Over the years, the Caspian Agro exhibition has established itself as a reliable platform for the annual meetings of experts, demonstrations of machinery and equipment, and goods and services for the agricultural industry. The Netherlands Embassy in Baku will organize a Holland Pavillion in order to promote Dutch business abroad. For more information regarding booking a stand at the Holland Pavilion please contact the Embassy of the Netherlands Bak@Minbuza.nl
I am glad to note that Dutch investments in Azerbaijan have grown steadily over the years. The Netherlands became one of the biggest investor in Azerbaijan in the non-oil sector. Many Dutch companies are present in the country and have established business links here. The Dutch business culture and practice are renowned for putting special emphasis on sustainability. Experience shows that paying attention to the environment and stakeholder welfare does not require a costly trade-off in profits. On the contrary, sustainability ultimately stimulates innovation and leads to new business opportunities. In order to realize a responsible, sustainable and more commercial cooperation, Dutch and Azerbaijani private sectors are encouraged to integrate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles in their core business. Both countries will benefit from sharing views and experiences on CSR related themes. Especially in a more challenging economic environment due to external factors these principles can play an important role in strengthening economic cooperation. Please find enclosed a CSR Passport which intends to foster a better understanding of the general CSR principles among companies and to provide them with a preliminary insight in the CSR context also applicable in Azerbaijan. Robbert J. Gabriëlse Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Baku
Every six months a different member state holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In 2016 the Netherlands will hold the Presidency for the twelfth time from 1 January until 30 June 2016. Holding the Presidency involves mediating and brokering compromises between the 28 EU member states and between EU institutions like the Council, European Commission and European Parliament. The Netherlands aims for a Union that focuses on the essentials, creates growth and jobs through innovation, and connects with civil society. The Netherlands will be focusing on four priority areas: Migration & international security, Europe as an innovator & job creator, sound finances and a robust eurozone and forward-looking climate & energy policy. A website dedicated to the Presidency had been launched.
As of today the website Hollandtrade.com has become HollandTradeandInvest.com. This is a promotional platform to stimulate international trade and investment with the Netherlands. It links to the various government organisations that support Dutch entrepreneurs in doing business abroad. It also helps potential business partners abroad to find the information and services they need to do business with the Dutch and gives information about Holland’s key sectors, economic trade missions and major international trade fairs.
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Baku has moved to a new location. From 1 December the Embassy will be located near Fountain Square in ISR Plaza. The new address of the Embassy will be: ISR Plaza, 7th floor, 69 Nizami street, Baku AZ 1005, Azerbaijan. Phone numbers will for now remain the same.
The embassy of the Netherlands in Baku does not possess a consular section. To obtain a visa you must go to the French embassy in Baku, which is responsable for the distribution of the Schengen visa. For more information on how to acquire this visa, visit this website: http://www.ambafrance-az.org/Demande-de-visas-delais-de-prise-de-rendez-vous-TLSContact. An external bureau called TLS will handle the request. You will first need to make an appointment with TLS through the following link: https://www.tlscontact.com/az2fr/login.php.
On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day) the Dutch government announces its plans for the coming year. The King travels in the Golden Coach to the Hall of Knights in The Hague where he reads the Speech from the Throne. Later that day, the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives in the ceremonial briefcase. On www.government.nl, you can read the summary of the Budget Memorandum, the press release and the key statistics and also the press release of the Tax Plan. Want to read more about Prince’s Day and the art of budgeting? You can find the official documents on www.rijksbegroting.nl and www.rijksfinancien.nl (in Dutch). On www.rijksfinancien.nl, you can find the Rijksfinanciën Online, the online magazine with all the official documents, news and background stories.
On Saturday 19 September children can visit the Eurovillage at the Double Gate Entrance in the Old City of Baku. You can get to know about the culture of several EU countries that will have their own stands with lots of activities. There will be musical performances, quizzes and contests in which you can participate and even win prizes. At the stand of the Dutch embassy you can make a virtual bike ride through the city of Amsterdam. The day will start at 11.00 and end at 20.00. For more information you can check the Facebook page of the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan: https://www.facebook.com/EUDelegationtoAzerbaijan?ref=br_rs.