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41 Referendum Ukraine: Register to vote by February 24!

If you are a Dutch citizen living abroad who is not registered in a Dutch municipality, you may vote in the referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on April 6 if you register to vote by February 24.

42 Travelling to Canada?

On March 15, 2016, new entry requirements take effect for people who enter Canada by air*. All visa-exempt foreign travelers* will have to present an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter or transit through Canada.

43 European Commission to visit Amsterdam

The European Commission is visiting Amsterdam to mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. On 7 January 2016 Prime Minister Mark Rutte will receive the members of the European Commission at the National Maritime Museum.

44 Spring 2016: Friendship Tulip Gardens across Canada

Seventy years after the liberation of the Netherlands, a special initiative was created by the Canadian Garden Council, to celebrate this milestone: the Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Gardens. And in the spring of 2016 these Friendship gardens will be in full bloom.

45 World Tulip Summit is coming to Ottawa in 2017

The most recent World Tulip Summit took place in Suncheon City, South Korea, this year (October 2015). During this Summit 17 countries came together to discuss the promotion of the tulip as a symbol of friendship.

46 Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Securities Technologies Soft Landing Platform

We have an exciting offer for you to soft land in The Hague – the largest security cluster in Europe, providing you with easy access to the full EU market.

47 Working Holiday Program re-opened

As of September 18, 2015, at 15:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (19:00 Amsterdam time), the Working Holiday category has re-opened to Dutch citizens between the ages of 18 and 30!

48 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.

49 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.’

50 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.