April 23, 2019

The Eastern Partnership of the EU: Interim Results, Status Quo and Future Trends

By Tereza Neuwirthova. On December 13, 2018, the Austrian Residence in The Netherlands hosted a panel discussion titled “The Eastern Partnership of the EU: Interim Results, Status Quo and Future Trends”. The main aspects dealt with during the panel discussion were the “20 Deliverables for 2020”, with a focus on the implementation of the EU Eastern Partnership work plan and strategic communication about its tangible results for citizens. What to expect in the future and the challenges the Eastern Partnership faces were addressed in the discussion as well. The discussion was introduced by H.E. Ms. Heidemaria Gürer, Austrian Ambassador to…

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OPCW Director-General, EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (left) with H.E. Mr Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, and Minister of Defence of Belgium (right). OPCW Director-General Meets with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister The Hague, Netherlands —19 December 2018— The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, and Minister of Defence of Belgium, H.E. Mr. Didier Reynders, and delivered a keynote address at the Seventh European Union…

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US Commerce Department hails at success of EU-US Privacy Shield

On the picture Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice. By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of the European Commission’s report on the EU-US Privacy Shield program, the US Department of Commerce welcomed the program’s progress and success and pledged to further cooperate with its European counterparts to support transatlantic trade. On December 19th, the European Commission released its evaluation report of the EU-US Privacy Shield, contributing to the program’s second annual review. Privacy Shield is a framework regulating the compliance with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Europe to the United States, in support of transatlantic commerce. Since its creation in…

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Denmark contributes to OPCW

H.E. Mr Jens-Otto Horslund, Ambassador of Denmark and H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, OPCW Director-General. Denmark Contributes DKK 600,000 to OPCW Team to Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Use The Hague, Netherlands — 19 December 2018 — The Government of the Kingdom of Denmark is contributing DKK 600,000 towards the formation and operation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic pursuant to a decision of the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties. The contribution was formalised with an agreement signed…

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Salvadorian Contemporary Art: From Abstract to Sacred

The Ambassador of El Salvador H.E. Mr.  Agustín Vásquez Gómez  and  artist Rodolfo Oviedo Vega.   By Roy Lie Atjam. The Latin-America Table, Society De Witte, organized a presentation featuring the Salvadorian artist Mr. Rodolfo Oviedo Vega. The Ambassador of El Salvador H.E. Mr. Agustín Vásquez Gómez honoured the event with his presence and subsequent introduction of Oviedo Vega. Mr. Rodolfo Oviedo Vega’s presentation dealt with Salvadorian contemporary art. Fine art came to the shores of El Salvador after its independence in 1821. A century later (1917) abstract works became famous. Mr. Rodolfo Oviedo Vega studied in El Salvador, he also…

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King Abdullah II of Jordan on working visit at Brussels

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan and Jean-Claude Juncker – Picture by European Union, 2018, Étienne Ansotte. 11-12 December 2018, Brussels: the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan recently agreed on a number of actions strengthening their relations on political, security, trade and cooperation matters. The EU-Jordan long standing partnership and common challenges in the political, security and economic areas were amongst the topics discussed by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and HM King Abdullah II as well as regional developments and their impact on Jordan. This meeting also provided an opportunity…

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Global Challenges for a sustainable future: Visions from Kazakhstan

H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov Ambassador of Kazakhstan. Visions from Kazakhstan, a Panel Discussion By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 12 December 2018. The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Netherlands organized a panel discussion on the theme “Global Challenges for a sustainable future: Visions from Kazakhstan”. The venue, Grote zaal of Society De Witte. The panellists were: H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Prof. Dr. Ruard Ganzevoort– Senator of the Dutch and Dean of the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Further, Ms. Marzhan Nurzhan– Parliamentarian for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Program Officer Czech Republic. Also on…

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The US reiterates its support for European energy security and diversification

By Guido Lanfranchi. In his recent trip to Europe, Bureau of Energy Resources Assistant Secretary Francis Fannon visited Prague, Budapest and Zagreb to discuss European energy security. The United States – Mr. Fannon reiterated – remains committed to support European energy differentiation and to reduce its dependency from Russia.   In a moment of increasing tensions between Russia and the West, Bureau of Energy Resource Assistant Secretary, Mr. Francis Fannon, recently traveled to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia in order to discuss European energy security. This trip was part of a broader outreach effort , which led Mr. Fannon to…

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Venezuelan Chocolate & Rum Tasting: A guided sensory journey through the most beautiful regions of Venezuela

By Jochebed Kastaneer, MSc. On Friday 14th of December, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card, hosted an exclusive Venezuelan Chocolate and Rum tasting. Via chocolate and rum, invitees experienced a guided sensory journey through the most beautiful regions of Venezuela, while physically remaining at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Hague. Awaiting the arrival H.E. Ms. Haifa Aissami Madah,  Ambassador  of  Venezuela Permanent Mission to the International  Organisations in The Hague, Mr. Wilhen Diaz Lara, Chargé d´Affaires a.i., and his colleagues personally and warmly welcomed all…

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Brexit at Des Indes

Coen Masselink, Des Indes General Manager and speaker Rem Korteweg together with ambassadors attending the conference. In the most traditional Des Indes style, Ambassadors and heads of missions participated in a lunch conference on an extremely sensitive issue, Brexit, at a time where no one knows how this situation will evolve. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157674623421627 The “Ambassador’s Lunch” initiative is a series of lunch-conferences organized by the experienced General Manager of Des Indes, Coen Masselink, to give the opportunity to Ambassadors and heads of missions to discuss contemporary political subjects with Dutch experts….

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