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21 Ambassador Laurent Stokvis present at completion of the Twining Project

The State Audit Institution marked today the completion of the Twinning Project "Strengthening Capacities of the State Audit Institution  of the Republic of Serbia", funded by the European Union with 1.4 million Euros. During the event, it was stated that taxpayers in all EU member states and candidate countries have the right to be informed on how their money is spent.

22 Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015)

On 16 and Tuesday 17 April 2015, the Netherlands will host the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS 2015). The conference will address the current and future challenges and opportunities presented by far-reaching digitisation. GCCS 2015 will take place in The Hague.

23 National Commemoration of MH17

The national commemoration of the flight MH17 disaster will take place on Monday 10 November in Amsterdam. The commemoration is accessible by invitation only. The persons invited are the surviving relatives of the victims and persons involved in the air crash.

24 Netherlands elected to UN Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.

25 Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.

26 Curriculum vitae Bert Koenders

27 Prime minister to meet with likely new Minister of Foreign Affairs

As is customary when there is a vacancy in the cabinet, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet with the candidate for the post, in this case the prospective Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders. The meeting will be on Friday 17 October.

28 Foreign minister nominated for senior EU job

European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker has announced his new team of Commissioners for the next five years. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans will be Mr Juncker’s First Vice President and right-hand man. If confirmed by the European Parliament, the minister will be entrusted with the portfolio on better regulation, inter-institutional relations, rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that he is ‘very happy’ with the important job Mr Timmermans has been offered.

29 New fund for victims of conflict-related violence and natural disasters

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

30 Speech on the presentation of the 2015 Budget Memorandum, House of Representatives, Tuesday 16 September 2014

Madam President, I will shortly present the budget for 2015. A budget that can best be described as ‘prudent’. Prudent in its additional expenditure. Prudent in the burden it places on individuals and businesses. And prudent in its specific forecasts about the future. Prudence is essential given the current international uncertainties, especially in view of their potential impact on our fragile economic recovery. The government is therefore seeking a balance between restoring purchasing power, reducing financial risks and increasing expenditure, as it must in the light of international tensions.