October 17, 2017

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Ocean 28 summit in Malta 

In Malta, the 28 members of the European Union have announced an ambitious package of 36 EU-initiatives to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure oceans. More than €6 billion have been committed by public and private actors at the EU-hosted “Our Ocean” conference 2017 in Malta on October 5-6, to better manage the oceans. On behalf of the EU, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced on October 5 over €550 million of EU-funded initiatives to tackle global oceans challenges. At the conference, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced that the European…

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The Ambassadors’ Spouses’ Association (ASA) Welcome the Autumn Season

By Roy Lie A Tjam. ASA, Ambassadors’ Spouses’ Association The Hague, taken into the autumn season with bliss. On Wednesday 27th September 2017, ASA members were invited to a luncheon where guests were presented colorful orchids upon arrival. The objective of the luncheon was twofold: the usual reunion of the ASA with the addition of welcoming prospective ASA members. It was also an appropriate opportunity to take leave of departing members.   This time around the host was Dr. Dirulba Nasrin, Spouse of the Ambassador of Bangladesh. Datin Linda Zin, spouse of the Ambassador of Malaysia welcomed the members and…

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Taiwan Celebrated its 106th National Day in Style in The Hague

The celebration of the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was hosted by the Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands on 4 October with a stylish reception in the Marriott Hotel in The Hague. The reception attracted plus three hundred guests, including dignitaries, Members of Parliament, residing Diplomats and the Taiwanese community in the Netherlands. After a hearty welcome, H.E. Amb. Tom Chou revealed in his speech that Taiwan will invest about 14 billion Euros for the development of the wind power industry, setting the goal to cover 20% of Taiwan’s total energy need by renewable energy by…

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XIV Informal summit of German-speaking heads of state in Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender – Picture by Cour Gran Ducale- Olivier Minaire. Wednesday, 27 September 2017, Luxembourg City: At the invitation of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Duke of Nassau (nominally), the heads of states and their spouses of German-speaking countries met for their annual informal summit at Neumünster Abbey to focus their discussions on migration and integration from a social and cultural point of view. More concretely two professors from the University of Luxembourg arranged the theoretic programme for the multilateral talks emphasising factors for integration such as…

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Ukraine Celebrates

H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov and spouse Dr. Natalia Melnyk, welcoming their guests.  By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands had what can be called a “double celebration”. The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov and spouse Dr. Natalia Melnyk, hosted a reception to simultaneously celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Independence of the Ukraine Republic and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Ukraine. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157687731655413 The festivities took place on Tuesday 26 September 2017. Many colleagues and friends of…

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Eurojust’s new premises

King Willem-Alexander and Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust during the unveiled ceremony. The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, hosted October 4th,  the official visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander for the opening ceremony of Eurojust’s new premises in the International Quarter of The Hague. His Majesty was accompanied by Mr. Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner in the Province of South Holland, and Mrs. Pauline C. Krikke, Mayor of the City of The Hague. His Majesty was introduced to Eurojust staff and attended parts of an operational coordination meeting, followed by a debriefing with the College. At the conclusion of…

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Philippines’s virtuoso performed at Diligentia

On the picture pianist Raul Sunico. The Ambassador of the Philippines, His Excellency Jaime Victor Ledda and Mrs Gina Ledda hosted a piano concert by The Philippines’ multi-awarded pianist virtuoso Dr Prof Raul Sunico in The Hague on 28 September 2017. Dr. Raul Sunico, a world-renowned pianist and former President of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) successfully performed a piano concert held at the Diligentia Theater which included timeless classical pieces of Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Debussy; much-loved Filipino classics, Kumintang and Bato sa Buhangin; and folk-pop pieces by Gershwin. Prof. Sunico’s masterful eloquence on the keys and his unique…

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ASEAN Celebrations September 2017

On the picture His Excellency I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. By Roy Lie A Tjam September has been an eventful month for the ASEAN countries in The Hague. On September 1st, Her Excellency Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa hosted a reception on the occasion of the 72nd Anniversary of the National Day of Vietnam. On 14 September 2017, an ASEAN Business Forum was in session in cooperation with VNO-NVW-MKB Nederland as a part of ASEAN 50th Anniversary celebrations.     The opening remarks were by His Excellency Dato’s Ahmad Nazri Yusof, the chairman of the ASEAN Committee in The Hague, and…

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Tallin Digital Summit 2017

On the picture Estonian Premier Jüri Ratas, Dutch Premier Mark Rutte and President of the European Council Donald Tusk – Picture by MinPres – Mark Rutte 29 September 2017, Tallinn, Estonia: European Union heads of government and commissioners partook at Tallinn Digital Summit organised by the rotating presidency of Estonia to discuss the long-term effects of digitalisation, and the manner wherein it is being implemented in the Union’s member states. For many heads of government, digitalisation is a further opportunity for growth, employment and innovation. More precisely there is work under way to set up a fully functioning internal digital market…

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Viva Mexico! 207th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence

By Catherine van der Loos. On the occasion of the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, the nation’s recently appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Edgar Elías Azar, and Mrs. Patricia Atala Seman, hosted a festive reception on Tuesday, September 12, at the official residence in Wassenaar. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157686576376511 Mexico’s Independence Day commemorates September 16, 1810, known as “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores.”  The battle cry of freedom, was first called for by the Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary leader Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Creole, remembered for having called his small band of followers to…

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