February 27, 2017

Clingendael and HCSS present their Strategic Monitors

On the picture  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, Monika Sie, Director of Clingendael and Rob e Wijk director of HCSS.   By Anton Lutter. Tuesday at the “Glazen Zaal” in The Hague both the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies have presented their Strategic Monitors for 2017 to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Bert Koenders. The annual reports give an inside to future global political developments and thus the challenges that lay ahead of us. Both reports objection is to provide a better evidentiary base to help the Dutch government…

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Estonia’s 99th Independence Day

H.E. Peep Jahilo, Ambassador of Estonia and Counsellor Mr. Mr Mati Murd. Estonia’s  99th Independence Day celebrated in The Hague By Roy Lie A Tjam. Estonia a cozy little secret, this how NORDICA, Estonia’s national Airline refers to Estonia. H.E Mr. Peep Jahilo, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonian in The Netherlands organized  a reception to celebrate Estonia’s 99th Independence anniversary. The reception took place on Wednesday 22 February 2017.   Among the attendees were Ambassadors, their representatives from  all continents:  from Cameroon to Ukraine, Panama to Belgium, Indonesia to Lebanon. Furthermore, Dutch dignitaries, friends, business acquaintances, NGO’s  and members…

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New Year reception by Baden-Württemberg in Brussels

EU Commissioner Günter Oettinger (Budget and Human Resources) and the Minister for Justice and European Affairs of the German Land of Baden-Württemberg, Guido Wolf . Monday, 6 February 2017, Representation of Baden-Württemberg to the EU: Ca. 700 guests attended the reception hosted by the government of Baden-Württemberg to fête the beginning of the year 2017, and present typical products from Baden-Württemberg to the high-level guests from European institutions, and regional representations headquartered in Brussels. The Premier of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, was represented at the function by the Minister of Justice and European Affairs, Mr Guido Wolf as well as the Minister of Economy,…

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Kosovo National Day in The Hague

H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo. By Kim Vermaat. The Hague 21st of February – The Embassy of Kosovo had the pleasure to host a reception celebrating the ninth anniversary of its independence in its new stately embassy at the Koninginnegracht.  H. E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of Kosovo to the Netherlands, mentioned in her speech the importance of international collaboration and hoped that the larger embassy facilities would help towards that goal. Ambassador Dobruna, also indicated that the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office with special jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law will…

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Chinese New Year in The Hague

By Joe Ray. The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association hosted a Chinese New Year celebration on 9 February at the splendid headquarters of the Sociëteit De Witte  in The Hague. Guests from the fields of business, diplomacy, academia and beyond joined Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Association, and Ms Shirley Lam, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, for an evening of networking and traditional music to usher in the Chinese Year of the Rooster. In her welcoming remarks, Ms Lam highlighted the close relationship that exists between the Netherlands and Hong Kong….

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Opening exhibition “TULIPA: As Simple as Tulips” at the Embassy of Mexico

Ambassador Eduardo Ibarrola and Mexican artist Moza Saracho. By Sheila Turabaz. The vibrant artworks of Mexican artist Moza Saracho, were showcased at the Embassy of Mexico on Thursday February 16 during the opening of the exhibition “TULIPA: As simple as Tulips”. Art aficionados were invited to attend the opening of the exhibition, which comprised 15 paintings, while being served traditional Mexican appetizers along with tequila and wine produced in Mexico. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157677160311503 Moza, is a contemporary artist specialized in abstract art and born in Mexico City. She earned her academic credentials…

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Luxembourgian Economic Mission to Oman

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Minister Pierre Gramegna. 14-15 February 2017, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman: Their Royal Highnesses The Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Guillaume and Stéphanie as well as the Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna, paid a visit to enhance bilateral economic ties with the Sultanate of Oman. At the highest level they met with the Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said. Pierre Gramegna held a working meeting with the Omani Vice-Minister of Finance, HE Mr…

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Ambassadors to Luxembourg accredited

H.E.  Pablo Grinsoun, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic. By Henri Estramant. Argentine Republic: HE Ambassador Pablo Grinspun was accredited on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 at the Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg City.  Previous to his  appointment to Belgium and Luxembourg, he was Undersecretary for Latin American Economic Integration and Mercosur. Turkmenistan: HE Ambassador Ata Serdarov presented his credentials on 8 February 2017. His chancery is based in Brussels. Ambassador Serdarov was previously ambassador to Turkey and Armenia.   Republic of Poland: HE Ambassador Piotr Wojtczak is a resident ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Before this appointment he was Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU. http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/news/piotr_wojtczak_appointed_poland_s_new_ambassador_to_the_grand_duchy_of_Luxembourg   For…

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Hungarian Business Reception

H.E. Mr. András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary. Photography by Roy Strik. By Joe Ray. Hungarian and Dutch business figures gathered at the Hungarian Embassy in The Hague on 8 February for an evening of networking and bilateral trade promotion. With the support of the Hungarian Business Network, the event attracted entrepreneurs and business leaders from The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and beyond. Members of the Hungarian diaspora were well represented and the spacious embassy function room was soon close to capacity. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums Hungarian Ambassador H.E. Mr. András Kocsis delivered a welcome…

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Fatou Bensouda at 53rd Munich Security Conference

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, participated in the 53rd Munich Security Conference: “Rome Statute crimes undermine security & stability” The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, participated in the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference (“MSC”) held in Munich, Germany from the 17th to the 19th of February.  The MSC, chaired by H.E. Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, assembles leaders from around the world to debate the state of international security and related challenges. The MSC, the largest independent high-level forum of its kind, is attended by Heads of States, governments and international organisations; ministers; high-ranking members of…

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