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  • 02 Mar 2016 11:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 29, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

    The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, and Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, today released the following statement:

    “Canada and the European Commission are very pleased to announce that the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement [CETA] English text has been completed.

    “As part of the legal review, modifications were made to the investment chapter, further to discussions between European Union [EU] and Canadian officials. With these modifications, Canada and the EU will strengthen the provisions on governments’ right to regulate; move to a permanent, transparent and institutionalized dispute-settlement tribunal; revise the process for the selection of tribunal members, who will adjudicate investor claims; set out more detailed commitments on ethics for all tribunal members; and agree to an appeal system.

    “We have responded to Canadians, EU citizens, and businesses with a fairer, more transparent, system.

    “These modifications reflect our desire to reform investment protection and dispute-resolution provisions and to continue working together to improve the process, including working with other trading partners to pursue the establishment of a multilateral investment tribunal, a project to which the EU and Canada are firmly committed.

    “Canada and the European Commission will now complete the translation and review of the text in French and the 21 other EU treaty languages.

    “Once finalized, we will focus on the swift ratification of CETA so that individuals and businesses, both large and small, are able to benefit from the opportunities offered by this gold-standard agreement. We are confident that CETA will be signed in 2016 and will enter into force in 2017.”

  • 29 Feb 2016 15:55 | Deleted user

    Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

    Starting from 15 March 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals will have to fill out an online Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) form and pay an administrative fee of C$7 before entering Canada.

    US citizens and foreign nationals with valid visas are exempt. The eTA is also not required for entry to Canada by land and sea. Approximately 50 visa-exempt countries, including the Netherlands, will be affected.

    The pre-travel authorisation system, similar to that of the United States, will send an automated e-mail upon completion of the form. Permission to enter Canada is valid for five years or until passport expiry.

    For more information please visit:  http://Canada.ca/eTA

    Vanaf 15 maart 2016 gelden er nieuwe regels om naar Canada te reizen: http://Canada.ca/eTA

  • 01 Feb 2016 12:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 5, 2016, Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a new program to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies. CanExport will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors.  

    Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities.

    For further information, contact



  • 01 Jan 2016 12:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January to 30 June 2016. The key principles of the Dutch Presidency will be: a Union focused on essentials, innovative growth and jobs, and connecting with citizens.

    What does the Presidency do?

    The main job of the Presidency is to mediate and seek compromises about decisions that the 28 EU member states have to make together. It also mediates between EU institutions like the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament.

    The Presidency draws up the agenda of the Council of the EU and chairs its meetings. The Dutch ministers chair the ministerial councils that concern their policy areas.

    The European Council is made up of the heads of government or heads of state, and is chaired by the permanent Council president. The Foreign Affairs Council is chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. So the Presidency does not chair the meetings of these two Councils.

    The Presidency of the Council of the EU rotates every six months. Member states take turns holding the Presidency. This will be the Netherlands' 12th term. The last time the Netherlands held the Presidency was in 2004.

    Themes of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU

    During its Presidency, the Netherlands will be able to steer the course of EU legislative and political processes. The Presidency also provides an opportunity to spotlight issues that are important to the Netherlands. The themes of the Dutch Presidency are:

    • A Union focused on essentials

      The Netherlands believes the EU must focus on areas that will make Europe stronger, such as prosperity, freedom and security. The EU should not involve itself in matters that the member states are perfectly capable of dealing with themselves, like health care, education, pensions and taxes.
    • A Union focused on growth and jobs

      The Netherlands sets great store by creating new jobs and promoting an innovative economy in the EU. The Netherlands wants to achieve this by, for instance:
      • removing obstacles for companies that want to do business in other member states;
      • concluding trade agreements;
      • protecting workers more effectively against exploitation and unfair competition.
    • A Union that connects with citizens

      The EU must connect with its citizens, so that they can identify with EU decisions. The government will give citizens, companies and civil society organisations an active role in the Presidency.

    On 28 January 2015, foreign minister Bert Koenders sent a letter to the House of Representatives explaining the key themes of the Dutch Presidency.

    Meetings in Amsterdam

    The formal meetings of the EU ministers will take place in Brussels and Luxembourg. But the Netherlands will also organise various informal meetings in our own country. Meetings of ministers will be held in the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Meetings at official level will take place at Marineterrein, the former navy base in Amsterdam. In addition, the European Commission and members of the European Parliament will pay working visits in The Hague.

  • 23 Nov 2015 10:16 | Deleted user

    NCCC Marketing Manager

    The Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) is a non-profit organization promoting trade, investment, industry, commercial services and cultural affairs between Canada and the Netherlands.

    Job profile

    The Marketing Manager works under authority granted by the Board of Directors. The Marketing Manager is responsible for all financial, operational, administrative and legal aspects of the daily organizational management of the Chamber, which includes but is not limited to achieving budget targets, public relations and marketing, supervision of (paid and volunteer) program staff, and business operations in accordance with standard business practice.


    • Oversee the growth and development of the membership base.
    • Oversee and support event management, guidance and direction, follow up and analysis for continued improvement as needed.
    • Assist the Board by maintaining and promoting the vision and mission of the Chamber and in its achieving goals and objectives.
    • Oversee all financial, management and administration aspects of the Chamber.
    • Oversee and support staff and develop short and long term staff development plans.
    • Implement the Chamber’s Board-approved policies and implement other Board and Chamber plans in a timely way as they relate to the Chamber’s operating budget, fundraising activities, programs, membership development and communication.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in cultural, economic and political environments that impact Canadian-Dutch business and trade.
    • Identify and cultivate Canadian and Netherlands partner organizations for mutual program benefit.
    • Keep the Board and Board Chairman fully informed on the condition of the Chamber and other important factors affecting the health of the organization.
    • Involve each Board member at an optimum level. Stimulate each to reach the highest potential as a Board member.
    • Assist the Chairman in planning the agenda and materials for the Board meetings and Board strategic planning retreats.
    • Implement marketing timeline and communications for the mission and goals.
    • Establish and strengthen working relationships with Canadian and Dutch partners.
    • Oversee the development and production of all Chamber printed material and publications.

    Skills and requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent experience in related fields will be considered.
    • Leadership, sense of vision and ability to motivate others.
    • Extensive knowledge of finance and budgeting.
    • Flexible and able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
    • Preferably experience and knowledge of non-profit accounting and financial analysis.
    • Strong ability to work with and support the Board of Directors.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor.
    • Strong verbal and written communication and listening skills in Dutch and English.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Demonstration of initiative, creativity and follow-through.
    • Ability to multi-task and have a strong sense of organization, planning and able to manage time well.
    • High level of energy and enthusiasm.

    Working conditions

    • Appointment: Full-time
    • Remuneration: €2.000 to €3.000 (depending on experience) + target-based commission
    • Contract: Six months with the possibility of extension when proven successful
    • Location: Flexible
    Please send your applications to Jannigje@nccc.trade, along with copies of other relevent documents that you feel may support your candidature. The deadline for application submission is January 8, 2016 - close of day. 
  • 10 Nov 2015 14:00 | Deleted user

    Mobycon, international leader in sustainable traffic, transport and integrated mobility was awarded the Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award 2015.

    The award was presented by H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke, the recently appointed Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands, to Mobycon Founder and CEO Mr.Johan Diepens at the annual NCCC Luncheon. “Our countries are joined by a rich history of collaboration and together we can shape the future of urban mobility and livable cities” said Diepens, “This award is a great honor and highlights the efforts of the entire team”.

    Diepens has helped shape mobility patterns in Holland for nearly 30 years. His expertise in mobility, combined with a sound business sense, have served as the foundation for Mobycon success in Canada.

    With a bold vision to use a “Dutch Approach” to inspire Canadian cities can be less car dependent and to embrace a range of more active modes, Mobycon is showing that change is possible. While Mobycon has been involved in an increasing number of bicycle related projects there is also increasing demand around traffic safety, traffic calming, shared space, Vision Zero and study tours to the Netherlands.

    By hiring talented Canadian-based staff with broad mobility expertise, and connections to a national network, Mobycon has gained a unique position as a Dutch research and consulting company in Canada. Team members on both sides of the ocean overcome barriers of distance and time-zones through a series of virtual tools that minimize the need for travel and maximize idea sharing and collaboration with clients and partners.

    The award is the result of the overall efforts in Canada since Mobycon began working there in 2011. Among the projects Mobycon has been involved in:
    • Training and Coaching - Bicycle Friendly Cities and intersection and road design.
    • Maximizing School Safety – Traffic calming & providing safer routes for children.
    • Stakeholder Process – Partnering to create broadened support for new cycle accessibility and enhanced urban quality.
    • Preliminary Design – Accommodating increased cycling and demonstrating the Dutch approach to road and intersection design.
    • Design Peer Review – Expert reviewer resulting in innovative, high quality transport routes for cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
    • Cycling Network Analysis and Design – Partnering to analyze and develop a comprehensive and inclusive cycling network.
    About Mobycon
    Mobycon is a leader in traffic transport and integrated mobility. Its multidisciplinary team has been delivering mobility products and consulting services that support the creation of healthy, connected and liveable communities for nearly 30 years. Mobycon is based in Delft, The Netherlands and has recently opened a new North American office in Ottawa, Ontario.

  • 11 Mar 2015 21:51 | Deleted user

    Trade Negotiations and Agreements

    Canada and the EU have a long history of economic cooperation. As an integrated block, the EU represents Canada's second largest trading partner in goods and services. Bilateral economic relations with the EU are very important to Canada, and this economic relationship is a high priority for the Government of Canada. Canada and the EU are working bilaterally to advance Canada-EU economic integration and facilitate trade and investment flows. The relationship is built on a base of concluded agreements and ongoing initiatives and negotiations.

    Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

    On 18 October 2013, Prime Minister Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced an agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA is, by far, Canada's most ambitious trade initiative. Indeed, it is deeper in ambition and broader in scope than the historic North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Thedeclaration notes that this agreement marks the start of a new, stronger chapter in the long-standing partnership between the EU and Canada.

  • 12 Nov 2014 22:38 | Deleted user

    Northland Power Inc. ("Northland") is an international producer of wind, solar, and thermal power in business for over 25 years, was named Business of the Year by the Netherlands-Canadian Chamber of Commerce at its annual luncheon in the Hague on November 12, 2014.

    The award recognizes companies who have advanced the relationship between Canada and the Netherlands. Northland was selected from a shortlist of three companies based on its role as majority equity shareholder in Gemini, a 600MW offshore wind project located approximately 85 kilometres off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea.

    “It is an honour to receive this award,” said John Brace, CEO of Northland Power. “Our involvement in Gemini illustrates the mutual benefits that can result from collaboration between our two countries. We look forward to having a significant and positive long-term impact on the Netherlands economy while creating jobs and helping the Netherlands achieve its renewable energy goals. I would like to thank the governments of both Canada and the Netherlands for their support, which has been fundamental to the project’s success.

    Said James Lambert, Canada’s Ambassador to the Netherlands: “As Ambassador, I am delighted with the choice of Northland Power for this award. The company demonstrates the power of partnership by enabling Canada’s largest-ever investment in the Netherlands, which will help to meet Dutch electricity needs with green energy, CO2 reductions and Canadian know-how.”


    Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.

    The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,345 MW of operating generating capacity; 640 MW (400 MW net to Northland) of generating capacity under construction, including a 60% equity stake in Gemini, a 600 MW (360 MW net to Northland) offshore wind project in the North Sea near the Netherlands; and 456 MW (348 MW net to Northland) of projects with awarded power contracts under advanced development, including an 85% equity stake in Nordsee One, a 332 MW (282 MW net to Northland) offshore wind project in the North Sea near Germany. Northland's cash flows are diversified over four geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada and Europe. Northland's common shares, Series 1 and Series 3 preferred shares and convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.C, NPI.DB.A and NPI.DB.B, respectively.

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