May 25, 2019

Kazakhstan heads towards historic presidential elections

The Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov. By Guido Lanfranchi. Ahead of the historic 2019 presidential election in Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands, commented on his country’s political transition. Praising the pacific and constitutional nature of such transition, the Ambassador hailed at the developments in Kazakhstan as a success story in Central Asia. On March 19th, 2019, then-President Nursultan Nazarbayev caught many by surprise when he announced that, after thirty years spent as Kazakhstan’s leader, he would resign from the position of President of the Republic. Mr. Nazarbayev’s resignation kick-started a political transition in the…

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South Africa Freedom Day, Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy

By Roy Lie Atjam. Wassenaar 25 April 2019, the South African Mission in The Hague organized a reception to celebrate Freedom Day 2019. A host of South Africans, friends, Ambassadors and many well-wishers gathered at Kasteel de Wittenburg in response to H.E. Ambassador Bruce Koloane’sinvitation to come and join him in celebrating what took place on the memorable day of  27 April  1994. Freedom Day marks the day on which racial discrimination formally came to an end in South Africa. After the welcome remarks by Ambassador Koloane a reception and gorgeous dinner followed. There was also a free flow of Soweto Beer Mr Robert-Jan Siegert,  Deputy…

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Cuba showcases its vast touristic potential

The Minister of Tourism of Cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz, and the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, during the ribbon cut of FITCuba 2019. In May 2019, the government of Cuba and the Ministry of Tourism organized FITCuba 2019, the island’s 39thInternational Tourism Fair. A large number of national and international tourism professionals and journalists attended the event, which was aimed at showcasing Cuba’s vast touristic potential.  Over 7,500 professionals from the tourism sector, coming from more than 53 countries, and including directors of hotel chains, airlines, wholesales, and travel agencies working with Cuba; over 250 journalists,…

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An European Concert for Romania

H.E. Mrs. Brândușa Predescu, Ambassador of Romania and Wesley Troeger, composer One Minute Symphony dedicated to Romania. May 17, 2019. With a full theatre, and the audience giving multiple stand up ovations, last Friday’s Romanian One Minute Symphony night at the Zuiderstrandtheater was a great success. This extraordinary concert was presented to the Dutch public under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands, H.E. Mrs. Brândușa Predescu, and the CEO & Artistic Director of Residentie Orkest The Hague, Mr. Sven Arne Tepl. A special part of the concert…

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Life of Mine by the Embassy of Switzerland

Photo Exhibition at the Atrium, City Hall of The Hague In the picture H.E. Mr. Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Netherlands. The Swiss Embassy in the Netherlands presented Life of  Mine, a  photo exhibition curated by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness  (April 4) in the Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague.  During his speech, Ambassador Walker-Nederkoorn remarked: When my colleagues in Switzerland offered us the possibility of presenting this exhibition, my Deputy Mirko Zambelli and I immediately thought that The Hague, City of Peace of…

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Eurojust’s new National Member for Latvia

Ms Dagmāra Skudra joined Eurojust on 1 May. She replaced Gunars Bundzis, who was National Member for Latvia from May 2004 until his retirement in April 2019. Ms Skudra has had a career in public service for more than 20 years. She started at the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior in 1997, and switched to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Latvia in 1999, starting as Assistant to the Prosecutor. She was promoted to Prosecutor in 2001, and became active in the International Cooperation Division in 2002. In April of this year, when she left…

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German Parliamentary Secretary of State visits Eurojust

Mr Christian Lange, the German Parliamentary Secretary of State for Justice and Consumer Protection, visited Eurojust, the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit. Mr Lange met with Mr Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, and Mr Klaus Meyer-Cabri, Vice-President of Eurojust, to discuss Germany’s invaluable contribution to fighting cross-border crime in the European Union, and how Germany can further support Eurojust’s efforts towards a safer Europe. The discussions centred on enhancing judicial cooperation within the European Union and beyond, as well as on promoting the use of Eurojust’s cooperation tools and instruments. Eurojust’s President and Vice-President emphasized the bridge-making role of Eurojust in…

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Asia & Oceania Ambassadors’ Luncheon

Tuesday 23 April 2019  at the Thai Residence Guest of HonourMr. Jan Kees Goet, Secretary-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) —————————————————————– List of Guests H.E.  Mr. Jaime Victor B. Ledda, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines H.E.  Mr. Adam Maznavee Jaufer Sadiq, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka H.E.  Mr. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia H.E.  Mr. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan H.E.  Ms. Ngô Thi Hòa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E.  Mr. Yun Young Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea H.E.  Mr….

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Ministers of European affairs gather for cultural heritage

In the picture, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, Austria’s Gernot Blümel – Picture by diplomatie.gouv.fr Friday, 3 May 2019, Paris, French Republic: French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, hosted a meeting for her EU counterparts in parallel to a gathering organised by the French Minister of Culture Franck Riester for the latter’s colleagues before a plenary congress was brought together at the Louvre Museum including all participants pursuing the goal to analysing better ways to preserving European heritage, including the mobilisation of a network of experts, youth involvement and extant funding models. Secretary of State Amélie…

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A new visual identity for Eurojust

Monday April 15th 2019, Eurojust and Diplomat Magazine invited diplomats communication officers and press attachees to  discover the organisation’s new visual identity. With a new building, came new press visuals and an ambition to expand beyond Europe.  By Aurore Heugas. On Monday, April 15th 2019, Eurojust, in partnership with Diplomat Magazine, hosted a visit of their brand new interior to introduce an also brand new media outreach and logo.  The concept for the new building was to combine nature, culture and architecture with the refinement of materials and the shapes, meant to emulate the landscape in The Hague.  The logo,…

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