During its current EU presidency the Netherlands is confronted with different challenges in the field of migration and radicalization. Today, ambassador Dewi van de Weerd was the keynote speaker at the European Forum in the Library of Tirana Times. In her speech she addressed the threats that radicalization, terrorism and immigration pose to Europe and the measures the EU is undertaking to counter these trends.
In the framework of the European Day on Personal Data Protection, ambassador Dewi van de Weerd held a speech this morning at a meeting organized by the Commissioner for Data protection. Promoting transparency and open data is one of the priorities of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. Dewi van de Weerd highlighted human rights online and the need to realize that the advantages of internet surfing do go along with sharing valuable personal data. The young generation and their parents should be aware of that. The deputy minister of education of Albania announced that kids will be educated about online behavior in schools. Dewi van de Weerd congratulated the kids that won the competition, coming from all over the country. Read her full speech below.
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promotes capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. EP-Nuffic is responsible for the management of the NFP.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.
The European Commission is visiting Amsterdam to mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. On 7 January 2016 Prime Minister Mark Rutte will receive the members of the European Commission at the National Maritime Museum.
Dewi van de Weerd participated today in the round-table on “Justice Reform and Women’s Rights”. In her opening remarks she appreciated the fact that the women’s rights perspective in the framework of justice reform has received particular attention in Albania and highlighted the need for a better approach toward international standards. Gender equality issues should be properly addressed in all pieces of legislation, not only those dedicated to women’s rights and protection. Economic empowerment of women is also a matter to be considered in this respect. Below you can read her full speech.
If you would like to learn more on Netherlands expectations on ongoing reforms and current developments in Albania, ambassador Dewi van der Weerd has clearly summarised that in her interview for Top Channel TV.
The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs. Renée Jones-Bos, visited Albania on 27-28 October 2015, starting her regional visit to the Balkans. The visit took place in light of the upcoming EU-presidency of the Netherlands during the first half of 2016. The focus of this visit was EU integration, rule of law and regional cooperation.
On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.