Employers helping employers

Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne and several Dutch employers’ organisations have taken the initiative for a new public-private partnership which seeks to strengthen the position of employers’ organisations in developing countries. As of 1 January 2006, the Dutch Employer Partnership Programme (NWSP) will give Dutch employers’ organisations a chance to share their knowledge and professional expertise with their counterparts in the Netherlands’ 36 partner countries. Read the press release. Balkenende and Bot to attend Euromed.

Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende and foreign minister Bernard Bot will attend the summit of heads of state and government in Barcelona to be held on 27 and 28 November to mark the tenth anniversary of the Barcelona Process (Euromed). The 25 EU member states and 10 Mediterranean partners are signed up to this cooperative process, which seeks to strengthen ties between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours. The coming summit will be the first meeting of the heads of state and government of the countries involved in this process. You can find more information on the Euromed website.

On 24 November the new German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will attend a working dinner with his counterpart Bernard Bot. After France, the Netherlands is the second country the new minister will visit. During the meeting they will discuss such issues as the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Germany and cooperation in the European Union.Dutch police and military personnel to be deployed in Sudan.

The government decided today to reinforce the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan (UNMIS) by deploying 35 Dutch police officers and military personnel. The Netherlands has been involved in mediation to promote peace and the implementation of the peace agreement in Sudan for many years. Besides helping to establish peace and security the Netherlands is also involved in social and economic reconstruction.