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1 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

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.

2 Regional innovation ecosystems main focus at WIRE 2016

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 will open on 8 June in Eindhoven. This year the conference, organised annually by the European Commission, will focus on setting up regional ecosystems to promote open innovation and close cooperation.

3 accessibility difficulties of the Embassy due to redevelopment Eigerplatz

The accessibility of the Embassy will be hampered due to the redevelopment of the Eigerplatz until the beginning of 2017. Public Transport Berne informs the public about it. See the related PDF file (in German)

5 Minister Hennis: ‘Europe has to grow up’

Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert believes the European Union needs to have a new Global Strategy by June. It must clearly describe how Europe is going to deal with the increasingly complex and connected world. The minister said this on Friday in Paris at the ‘Europe’s security and defence; what next?’ seminar, organised by the Dutch embassy in the context of the EU Presidency. ‘A new attitude towards the EU’s responsibility as a security provider is needed,’ said Ms Hennis. ‘We will have to show that the EU can be a credible, effective and efficient security actor in its immediate region and beyond. Europe has to grow up.’

6 Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte after EU-Turkey summit

On Monday 7 March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the EU summit with Turkey to discuss the migration crisis.

7 Only one appointment per slot!

Contrary to what was erroneously stated in the consular appointment system, it is only possible to deal with one person for one document application per slot! It is not possible to deal with more than 1 person with one application, due to the short time available per slot. Example: If 1 person needs 2 documents, he/she must reserve 2 slots; A 3 person family and each needs a new document, than they must reserve 3 slots.

8 How will Europeans watch and share films and series in the future?

Over 300 policymakers, film producers, media companies and film distributors from all over Europe are meeting up in Amsterdam on 3 and 4 March to discuss the future of media use in Europe. The conference is being held by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science under the auspices of the Dutch Presidency of the EU.

9 Ploumen calls for equitable economic growth

The world has seen a considerable reduction in extreme poverty since the turn of the century. Yet the gap between rich and poor has widened. Greater inequality prevents people from building a decent life, stunts economic growth and leads to conflict – on top of the violence that has already forced more than 60 million people worldwide to abandon their homes. In her policy agenda for 2016, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen shows an even greater commitment to curbing the downward spiral.

10 Koenders: Today’s crises require flexible diplomacy

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, ‘There are no quick fixes for today’s challenges: we will have to work long and hard, at international level, to find permanent solutions to the sources of conflict around us.’ The Minister made these remarks in his 2016 policy agenda, adding, ‘This will require dynamic and flexible diplomacy, choices and innovative use of resources, as well as collaboration in old and new coalitions. International diplomacy is working at full capacity, which puts a lot of strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it is vital for our security and prosperity.’