June 25, 2017

The Embassy of the Philippines presents “KULINARYA”

On the picture H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor Ledda and spouse Gina Ledda during Kulinarya. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Kulinarya, bringing Philipino cuisine to the Netherlands. Hence, the Embassy of the Philippines invited numerous guests to a cooking demo with food sampling. Further, a five-course sitting dinner prepared by top Filipino Chefs Myrna Segismundo, Jill Sandique and Raul Ramos was part of the project. It is not the first time H.E. Ambassador Jaime Ledda an advocate of Philipino cuisine, organizes a cooking Demo. He did so two years ago at his residence introducing Chefs Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan and…

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Seminar Russell Advocaten

Jan Dop and Reinier Russell. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Embassy desk of Russell Advocaten hosted a seminar on Employment Law and Real Estate at their Amsterdam office on 12 June 2017.The goal was to present the Diplomatic community with valuable information in an easily accessible manner. During the seminar, practical legal questions and developments have been discussed in two parallel sessions. Workshop 1: Employment Law This workshop focused mainly on the effect of a personnel handbook in preventing employment-related legal issues. Topics discussed included: Content and drafting of a personnel handbook Which rules on, for example, employee absenteeism,…

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Third International Day of Yoga

                            H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, the new Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, during his first speech in The Hague.   Largest ever Yoga event in the Netherlands organised in The Hague to mark Third International Day of Yoga  The largest ever International Day of Yoga event in the Netherlands was organised in The Hague on Sunday  June 18, 2017, with participation of nearly 1000 people. The event was organised by the Embassy of India with the support of The Hague City Council in the Atrium…

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Portugal National Day 2017

On the picture H.E. Mrs. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of Portugal, Mr Domingos Melo e Alvim, Counsellor and Mr. Miguel F. Porfirio, Commercial Attaché. By Roy Lie A Tjam. Portugal National Day, Dia de Portugal or de Camões. This day was chosen to honor Luís de Camões, one of the country’s celebrated historic figures. Portuguese communities across the world take this day to remember their history and celebrate their culture. For additional Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157685157687295 It has become a tradition for the Portuguese president to choose cities across the world to hold official national…

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Italian Republic Day in Brussels

On the picture Ambassador Elena Basile and EP Parliament Antonio Tajani. Wednesday, 31 May 2017, Residence of the Italian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Elena Basile hosted a very well-attended reception to celebrate Italy’s Republic Day, which commemorates the institutional referendum held on 2 June 1946 which resulted in the establishment of today’s Italian Republic. Ambassador Basile, who presented her credentials to the VII King of the Belgians on 16 May 2017, is the first woman Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. Italy and Belgium hold excellent bilateral relations, also due to the common historical ties between…

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Republic Day in The Hague, Italian National Day at the Nieuwe Kerk

On the picture, H.E. Andrea Perugini, Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In celebration of La Festa della Repubblica, The Italian Republic Day, the Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Andrea Perugini and spouse, Mrs. Mariska Perugini-Visser, organised a memorable reception at the distinctive Nieuwe Kerk, in The Hague, on Wednesday, 31 May. La Festa della Repubblica, commemorates the historic June 2, 1946 date, when Italians voted to abolish the Monarchy and a Republic was born. Ambassador Perugini and Mariska Perugini-Visser, together with Italian diplomats from their Embassy, formed a reception line to welcome over two hundred and fifty…

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Cycling Diplomacy

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The second biking spree for diplomats in the Netherlands was held on Saturday, 10 June 2017. The group of participants in the 10 Km route was made up of cyclists of all ages, first-time riders as well as veteran riders. Participating Ambassadors and diplomats  were from: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Estonia, ICC, OPCW,  Indonesia, Iran,  Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Poland, South-African and the USA. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157682994523200 The objectives of the ride were to promote inclusion and to provide an opportunity for networking, all while having fun and exploring…

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Russia National Day in The Hague

On the picture H.E. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and spouse Natalia Shulgina.   On Friday, June 9, Russia celebrated the country’s National Day on the premises of the Russian Embassy with her many friends in the community. Diplomats, Dutch politicians, academics, artists, business people, Russians expatriates living in the Netherlands and many other distinguished guests from former Soviet Union countries were in attendance. Guests formed a long line from the street corner to the embassy’s entrance. Every salon, the embassy’s beautiful gardens and a few temporary pavilions, which had been added…

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Ambassadors to the Benelux countries

                            On the picture Italian Ambassador to Belgium, HE Elena Basile. By Henri Estramant. Republic of Italy to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Elena Basile is Italy’s first female ambassador to Belgium. Previous to this appointment, she was head of mission in Sweden.  Ms Basile presented credentials to HM The King of the Belgians on 16 May 2017. The latter’s mother Queen Paola is of Italian extraction.  http://www.ambbruxelles.esteri.it/ambasciata_bruxelles/it/   Japan to the Kingdom of Belgium: HE Ambassador Hajime Hayashi presented credentials on 16 May 2017. Previous to this…

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President Emannuel Macron’s equality cabinet

President Emannuel Macron carried out his promise to appoint the same number of women as men, albeit merely one woman was given a senior role. Macron I cabinet Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister. Like the president, he graduated from the elitist Ena college for France’s top civil servants. In 2002 he was actively involved in setting up the centre-right, Les Républicains, party led by Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Bruno Le Maire, Economy Minister: A right-winger, aged 48, he was part of Nicolas Sarkozy’s government and is said to have coveted the economy role for several years. Gérard Darmanin, Public Accounts Minister. Right-wing politician. François…

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