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11 The Netherlands ranks second on World Press Freedom index

Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) has investigated press freedom in the world. The Netherlands ranks second, after Finland. In 2015, the Netherlands ranked 4. Europe is doing well with seven countries in the top 10.

12 Art: For the Professionals or the Art Viewers?

On the 29th of April, there will be a lecture by the Dutch artist Fré Ilgen at 1st Art Platform Asia International Forum “Fracturing Conceptual Art: The Asian Turn”. Fré Ilgen will give a lecture titled “Art: For the Professionals or the Art Viewers? Necessary Involvement of the Mind/Body”. During his visit to Korea from the 22nd of April till the 3rd of May, Fré Ilgen will additionally give workshops at Seoul National University and Kookmin University, besides two informal discussions in other places in Seoul.

13 Wind Minds

The Netherlands Ambassador Lody Embrechts participated in the opening of the 13th International Green Energy Expo and Conference and the launching of Wind Minds Korea in EXCO, Daegu on April 6th.

14 The Netherlands ranks #1 for Startup Business Climate in Europe

How is Europe faring on startups? A lot has been spoken about the need to do more to improve the ecosystem for startups, entrepreneurs and scale-up organisations. But is anything really happening in the 28 European Union member states where progress most needs to be seen? In this ground-breaking study, the European Digital Forum looks at The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard: How European Union Countries are Improving Policy Frameworks and Developing Powerful Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs.

15 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear victory for the people who voted against.

16 Holland Has Lowest Costs for Business in Europe

The Netherlands has retained its No. 1 ranking in Europe and No. 3 ranking overall on KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives 2016. The high value of the U.S. dollar has driven down the cost of doing business abroad, including in Holland.

17 No passport applications between March 31 and April 6

Because of the maintenance of several systems it is not possible to apply for a passport between March 31 and April 6. Emergency passports cannot be issued either during this period. We apologize for the inconvenience.

18 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.

19 Asia Europe Meeting

Today, exactly 20 years ago, the first meeting of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) took place. Since then 10 summits, 61 Ministerial Meetings, 270 activities and 650 projects have been carried out, stimulating political, economic and cultural cooperation between 51 European and Asian countries. The Netherlands supports ASEM as a body to stimulate dialogue and cooperation between our two continents and is looking forward to discuss the future of ASEM at the Summit in Mongolia in July!

20 Big names announced for European startup festival

Jack Ma (CEO of online store Alibaba), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Pieter van der Does (CEO of Adyen), Andrus Ansip (Vice President of the European Commission) Travis Kalanick (co-founder and CEO of Uber) and Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands) have committed to speak at the opening day of Startup Fest Europe on May 24th. In the week after the official opening, more than 25 events will take place in 13 Dutch cities. These will provide entrepreneurs with the access, support and inspiration to accelerate their growth.