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  • 24 Aug 2018 13:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Is success in a foreign country your dream? Do you strongly believe in your product or service and want to introduce it abroad? More and more Dutch entrepreneurs are achieving their dreams beyond the Netherlands’ dikes. Export is indispensable for the Dutch economy. Dutch companies can be found all over the world, we facilitate growth and create jobs. If you want to be part of this, but are not capable of achieving it on your own? This is your chance!

    Each year, the Oranje Handelsmissiefonds helps 10 SMEs achieve their international ambitions. Thanks to our international network, knowledge and experience, we can help your company successfully enter new foreign markets.

    International trade facilitation

    The Oranje Handelsmissiefonds is an initiative by ING, KLM, MKB-Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Since King Willem-Alexander took to the throne on 30 April 2013, his interest in expanding and lending royal support to trade missions has marked a turning point. His interest is a boost to international trade for the Netherlands. Now is the ultimate time for startups to combine their initiatives with the knowledge and experience of established companies and go global.

    Can you, as a founder/director of a Dutch SME, convince us of the power of your idea? Then we will help you become successful in a country by your choice. We select ten companies that we support and provide with advice for an entire year. Do you have a good idea? Don’t hesitate, apply! Be quick, you can only apply until September 9, 2018.

  • 23 Aug 2018 09:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through the CETA Market Access Program, an EU funded SURVEY is being conducted to gather input on existing market access barriers encountered by EU companies when entering the Canadian market. This survey aims to provide recommendations for EU institutions, business associations, networks, and chambers to define adequate mitigation strategies.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

  • 06 May 2018 17:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last Thursday afternoon, Princess Margriet opened a new exhibition in the Openlucht Museum in Arnhem.

    De presentatie in de Friese boerderij Midlum vertelt het verhaal van de emigratiegolf van Nederlanders naar Canada in de jaren 50. Nederlanders die het geluk overzee zochten maar ook voor lastige en emotionele keuzes kwamen te staan. Men moest alles achterlaten en opnieuw beginnen. De presentatie laat deze dilemma’s op verschillende manieren zien. Prinses Margriet houdt een korte toespraak en verricht aansluitend de openingshandeling.

    Hoop versus angst
    De tentoonstelling 'Wij gaan naar Canada' laat de emoties zien waar veel gezinnen mee te maken kregen. Het ene gezinslid zag het vertrek naar Canada als een mogelijkheid, hoop op een beter bestaan. Maar tegelijkertijd werd het vertrek naar Canada door een ander gezinslid juist ervaren als angst. Want wat laat je allemaal achter? De tentoonstelling bevat nieuwe technieken die zorgen dat de bezoeker betrokken wordt bij deze dilemma's en emoties.

    Aanwezigheid Koninklijk Huis
    De koninklijke familie heeft een sterke band met het land. Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog vonden kroonprinses Juliana en haar dochters namelijk onderdak in Ottawa, waar prinses Margriet in 1943 geboren is.

    You can find more information about this fascinating museum here.


  • 02 Apr 2018 16:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Waarom moet jij de stap zetten voor deelname aan de Young Lady Business Academy?

    Elske Doets, de ‘Zakenvrouw van het jaar 2017’, heeft als missie om ‘Young Ladies’ te inspireren en te motiveren om hun professionele droom na te gaan jagen! Droom jij ervan om later een succesvolle onderneemster of een zakenvrouw te worden? Door mee te doen aan de Young Lady Business Academy worden jouw twijfels weggenomen en word je concreet op weg geholpen om jouw professionele dromen waar te maken. Tijdens de Academy worden deuren voor jou geopend en krijg je een houvast om jouw professionele droom werkelijkheid te maken!

    De allerbeste Young Lady krijgt de gelegenheid om 4 dagen met Elske Doets mee op zakenreis te gaan naar Amerika of Canada.

    Ben jij een jongedame die wil doen, die durft en die wil doorzetten? Meld je dan aan voor deelname aan de 3e GRATIS Academy van 2 juli t/m 6 juli 2018 (zie procedure hier).

    Young Lady Business Academy
 is for all girls between the ages of 15 and 24. Every education level is welcome, your drive is all that matters. Elske is going to inspire you with the help of 12 power women.  In this one week you’ll learn more that in one year at school! We’ll even arrange for permission from your school for you to come to the Academy.

    YLBA Flyer

  • 30 Mar 2018 16:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Blackberry, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, marked the first time an autonomous vehicle communicated with live city infrastructure on a public road in Canada.



  • 30 Jan 2018 12:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Through foreign direct investment 357 foreign companies, including Netflix, Merck Performance Materials and Jellice, generated 12,686 additional jobs in the Netherlands last year contributing 1.67 billion euros to the economy. These impressive results are credited to the Invest in Holland collective, which consists of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, together with various regional partners.

    Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Eric Wiebes, commented: “The presence of foreign companies is important for our country. Some 1.4 million Dutch people have a job directly or indirectly thanks to these companies. The excellent annual NFIA results confirm that we benefit from a good investment climate. Our highly educated population, good infrastructure, pleasant housing and living conditions and competitive fiscal climate attract foreign companies and employees. For our future economic growth and employment it is important that the Dutch business climate remains attractive. We all benefit from that. ”

    Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, under whose responsibility the NFIA falls as well, commented: “The Netherlands has an attractive business climate, and the Dutch economy is in good shape. Also, with a view to Brexit, there is increasing interest from international companies to move activities to the Netherlands or to establish themselves in the Netherlands. It is therefore important that the NFIA, Dutch embassies and consulates overseas continue to put the Netherlands on the map abroad.”

    Distribution centers and headquarters
    Within the Invest in Holland network, the NFIA was directly responsible for 8,158 of the 12,686 jobs. In 2017, the NFIA registered 224 foreign direct investment projects for the Netherlands, corresponding to 1.23 billion euros in investments. The NFIA results show that most new jobs were created in distribution centers (1,864), at headquarters (1,345), in marketing & sales offices (1,316), R&D (1,259) and production sites (1,081). To illustrate, Netflix expanded its European headquarters in Amsterdam with a customer contact center of 400 jobs. Merck Performance Materials invested 15 million euros in its production plant for so-called liquid crystal glass in Veldhoven. Meanwhile, Japanese gelatin producer Jellice expanded its production plant in Emmen, resulting in 25 additional jobs.

    US companies lead employment creation
    As in 2016, the majority of ‘foreign’ jobs were created by companies from the United States. NFIA results for 2017 indicate some 2,516 jobs created by US companies, bringing 110 million euros in investments. Companies from within Europe also provided a substantial number of jobs (2,879), including the UK (872). Japan and India provided 655 and 423 jobs, respectively. Majority of jobs from foreign investments in 2017 came from creative industries such as fashion and entertainment & media (2,126). Additional jobs by sector include agrifood (1,788), IT (1,219), life sciences & health (600) and business services (457).

    Brexit
    Within the Invest in Holland network, special attention was on Brexit last year. The NFIA is in contact with more than 200 foreign companies that are considering a switch to the Netherlands in the wake of Brexit. Many companies choose to wait before they announce their plans for the future, due to the lack of clarity about the new relationship between the UK and the EU. In 2017, 18 companies made a Brexit-related move to the Netherlands. These re-locations accounted for 483 jobs and 19 million euros added to the Dutch economy. In these results, the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam is not yet included.

  • 17 Jan 2018 12:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The CETA Market Access Program for EU Business was launched in the context of the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada with the main objective of enabling EU companies to take full advantage of the trade deal. The main services offered to EU companies through the Program are featured in the brochure here attached. The Program is being managed by DEVELOPMENT Solutions and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN).


    As part of the Program they have recently re-launched a Market Access Survey, which results will feed into studies for the EU Delegation to Canada on the existing market access barriers that EU companies face in entering the Canadian market. These reports will be shared with all EU Member States as a key informational resource. Dutch companies are requested to participate in the survey on any market access related-issues. If members know of other Dutch companies who have faced market access barriers that may wish to contribute, we would appreciate you passing on the below link:

    http://www.euccan.com/market-access-barriers-survey/  

  • 08 Dec 2017 20:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will relocate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This decision was taken in November by the EU 27 Member States in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). The Agency now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam on 30 March 2019 at the latest.

    “We welcome today’s decision on the new location of EMA. Now that we finally know where our journey is taking us, we can take concrete actions for a successful move,” said EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi.

    “Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes,” he continued. “It offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs. I am very grateful that the Member States took into account our requirements for business continuity and gave priority to the protection of public and animal health.

    EMA has been based in London, UK, since it was established in 1995. It currently employs nearly 900 staff members at its headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

    "Our internal surveys have shown that a large majority of EMA staff would be willing to move with the Agency to Amsterdam. However even in this case, our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps in knowledge and expertise.”

    EMA has to relocate due to the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the EU. Amsterdam was one of 19 offers to host EMA submitted by the Member States at the end of July 2017. Today’s decision on EMA’s new location follows an assessment of the bids by the European Commission and EMA.

    “My staff and I are very honoured that so many Member States showed an interest in hosting EMA,” Professor Rasi commented. “The huge effort invested by the bidding countries to put together their proposals is a reflection of the Agency’s important role in the protection of public and animal health and the stimulation of a vibrant and innovative pharmaceutical industry.”

    The decision today marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines whereby the relocation has to be completed by 30 March 2019.

  • 19 Oct 2017 19:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mmm, bitterballen...

    A new Dutch snack bar and restaurant is coming soon to The Danforth, giving a permanent, bricks and mortar home to a pop-up restaurant series that started as "a casual annual get-together" almost 10 years ago.

    "Borrel is a term the Dutch use to describe an informal gathering of friends for a drink and some snacks," reads the restaurant's website. "Our bar and restaurant aims to provide the perfect setting for you to enjoy just that!" 

    Inspired by Holland's historic brown cafés, Borrel's menu includes plenty of hard-to-pronounce – but delicious sounding – traditional Dutch dishes like Erwtensoep (pea soup with smoked ham hock and sausage),  Poffertjes (mini puffed pancakes) and Draadjesvlees (slow-cooked seasoned “threaded beef”).

    Bitterballen is described as "deep-fried balls of goodness served with mustard from Zaandam," which I think justifies my propensity to keep repeating the Mmmm sound.

    The entire menu is worth taking a gander at, really. The illustrations alone will make you smile.

    Borrel's owners say that they want to maintain "the dutch ethos of gezellig" with the new restaurant's atmosphere, similar to the "cozy and relaxed Sunday afternoon affairs" they've been hosting as pop-ups.

    An opening date has yet to be announced, but we do know that spot is located just steps from Greenwood Station and that it's going to have some very cool art on the walls courtesy of Dutch-American artist Nanna Koekoek.

    Story Originally posted on ://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2017/10/toronto-getting-dutch-snack-bar-and-restaurant/ 

    For more information: www.borrel.ca

  • 21 Sep 2017 16:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.

    From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.

    That copious output is made all the more remarkable by the other side of the balance sheet: inputs. Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much food using half as many resources.” Since 2000, van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent.

    One more reason to marvel: The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?

    This story appears in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Read the full article on www.nationalgeographic.com.

    Photo by Luca Locatelli

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