Speaking after the first day of the Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: 'It was a good first day. As chairman of this NSS I’m very satisfied. This is only the halfway point, but I’m convinced we’ll be able to continue in the same excellent atmosphere tomorrow'.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans discussed the situation in Ukraine with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on Monday afternoon.
With less than 24 hours to go before the Nuclear Security Summit begins in The Hague, prime minister Mark Rutte is looking forward to a successful event. The Netherlands, he says, is ready for the start of the largest summit ever held here.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund, organizes a reception on Monday, February 17th, celebrating the life and work of Ahmed Fouad Negm, the Principal Laureate of the Prince Claus Award of 2013.
Due to the introduction of the Dutch passport for adults with a validity of 10 years, no passport applications (for adults and minors) can be taken in from 5 until and including 10 March 2014. Passport applications will be taken in, if complete, on 2, 3 and 4 March but it is possible that applicants need to be asked to come back to retake their fingerprints after 11 March. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
As of 9 March 2014, new passports and identity cards for adults will be valid for 10 years. Documents for minors under the age of 18 will remain valid for five years, as before. The new fees for travel documents and ID cards will take effect on the same date.
Wednesday morning at 8:00 all the Dutch ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives were on a bus from The Hague to Utrecht, on their way to the offices of Rabobank for a day of economic diplomacy and networking with various companies. In the course of the day they were briefed about the Dutch economy, participated in a ‘speed dating’ session and watched Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen present the first Ambassadors’ Prize.
All Dutch ambassadors, consuls-general and permanent representatives to international organisations are in The Hague this week to synchronise their thinking on Dutch diplomacy. During the Ambassadors’ Conference, they can reinforce their ties with politicians, businesses and civil society organisations in the Netherlands.
Due to changes and upcoming changes in the Dutch Passport law for which the biometric systems have to be updated the Embassy cannot take in passport applications from 14 until and including 20 January 2014. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. The consular section