'There are no words for this moment; we can only look back with gratitude,' said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on hearing the news that Nelson Mandela has died.
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LEIDEN, November 26, 2013 - Michael Ignatieff, Canadian author, university professor, human rights expert and former politician, has been appointed Cleveringa Professor for the 2013-2014 academic year at Leiden University (the Netherlands). Yesterday Professor Ignatieff delivered the Cleveringa lecture.
De consulate in Toronto has technical issues currently. Until new equipment has been sent, the consulate can not be called nor emailed. No documentation can be processed either. We expect that the Consulate can be reached again on Monday December 2, 2013 at the earliest.
On 24 and 25 March 2014 the Netherlands will host the international Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. Prime Minister Mark Rutte highlighted the summit’s importance at a press conference: ‘The amount of nuclear material in the world is enormous. If it falls into the hands of terrorists, the consequences could be disastrous. The international community must do everything in its power to prevent this. As chair of the Nuclear Security Summit, I am determined to make it a success. In this way, the Netherlands will contribute to a safer world.’
6 President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, gave this year's Europe House Lecture in the Hague
In his speech President and Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, described the Eurozone as a community with solidarity among its members and an understanding of each other’s responsibilities. The euro crisis has put this community to the test. Doubts were raised about member states’ commitment to the rights and obligations within a monetary union. But the Eurozone took its responsibility - it showed significant efforts to help weak members and strengthened fiscal policy legislations at the same time. The work on the future design of the system is ongoing.
The European Union and Canada have reached an agreement on trade and investment (Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement or CETA). According to Dutch minister of Foreign Trade Ploumen, this agreement will render the Dutch economy an annual 600 million to 1,2 billion euros.
In the coming years the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will face far-reaching cuts, with its budget to be reduced by a quarter by 2018. The first steps towards that goal will be taken in the year ahead.
Next week sees the kick-off of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Seen throughout the world as a symbol of peace and justice, the historic building is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Carnegie Foundation.
His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.