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1 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

2 #DutchTouch: Example Entry

The Von Dannenstern House, Mārstaļu ielā 21, Old Town Riga.

3 Social media contest: Find the #DutchTouch

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia challenges you to find the Dutch Touch in Latvia and win amazing Dutch prizes!

4 The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy plan to share seat on UN Security Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy have agreed to share a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the coming two years.

5 Regional innovation ecosystems main focus at WIRE 2016

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 will open on 8 June in Eindhoven. This year the conference, organised annually by the European Commission, will focus on setting up regional ecosystems to promote open innovation and close cooperation.

6 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a majority of people voting against. Tuesday 12 April the final results will be announced, but it is clear that ratification cannot just proceed as if nothing happened. The government will now deliberate on the outcome and consult with the Dutch parliament. Subsequently, the Dutch government will also speak to EU-partners and the government of Ukraine. This process will take time to be able to reach a solution that is acceptable to all parties.

7 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.

9 Minister Hennis: ‘Europe has to grow up’

Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert believes the European Union needs to have a new Global Strategy by June. It must clearly describe how Europe is going to deal with the increasingly complex and connected world. The minister said this on Friday in Paris at the ‘Europe’s security and defence; what next?’ seminar, organised by the Dutch embassy in the context of the EU Presidency. ‘A new attitude towards the EU’s responsibility as a security provider is needed,’ said Ms Hennis. ‘We will have to show that the EU can be a credible, effective and efficient security actor in its immediate region and beyond. Europe has to grow up.’

10 Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte after EU-Turkey summit

On Monday 7 March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the EU summit with Turkey to discuss the migration crisis.