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11 International Student Congress for (Bio)Medical Sciences (ISCOMS), 2-5 Jun 2015, Groningen

Organised by the University of Groningen, the 22nd ISCOMS will be held in Groningen from 2-5 June 2015.

12 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.

13 China Business Survey 2014

On a regular basis, the Netherlands economic network in China investigates how the business climate is experienced by Dutch companies established in China. Earlier business surveys were conducted in 2009 and 2012. In 2014 the survey was conducted once more. The results provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges companies are facing when doing business in China.

14 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.

15 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.

16 Announcement by the King’s Office

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans, has requested His Majesty the King to discharge him from his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs as of today, 17 October 2014.

17 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.

18 The Netherlands Pavilion at Eco Asia Expo from 29th Oct to 1st Nov, 2014

The Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Hong Kong is delighted to announce that a Netherlands Pavilion will be present at Eco Expo Asia on 29th of October to 1st of November 2014 to display state-of-the-art Dutch expertise on sustainable environment, especially in the waste management segment and circular economy.

19 Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/2016 open for application

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/2016 is now open for worldwide application. Deadline for online application is 1 December, 2014.

20 Summary of the Budget Memorandum 2015

Despite sustained signs of recovery, the impact of the crisis will continue to be felt in 2015.