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.
We are pleased to announce two interesting courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agribusiness. These courses are highly valued by participants.
The Dutch Repatriation and Departure Service of the Ministry of Security and Justice, on behalf of all ERIN partner countries, has launched a tender for a public contract for counselling and referral services to returnees who return to their countries of origin.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders has concluded an agreement on migration in Côte d’Ivoire, following talks with President Alassane Ouattara, Minister of Foreign Affairs Albert Mabri, Minister of Defence Alain-Richard Donwahi and Minister for the Promotion of Youth Sidi Touré. In the agreement the Ivorians have promised, among other things, to promote the return of failed migrants by issuing more travel documents. This is the third such agreement in a row, following on from similar meetings earlier this week in Mali and Ghana.
On behalf of the EU, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders will visit Mali, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire from 14 to 17 April in order to discuss how the agreements made between EU and African countries at the Valletta Summit on Migration can be put into practice.
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 clear victory for the people who voted against.
The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has requested Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders to conduct a political dialogue with Mali, Senegal and Ghana on migration. The minister will visit the three countries from 14 to 17 April. The Netherlands currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Due to an internal reorganization, the processing time of applications of Netherlands travel documents may take up 2 weeks longer than usual. As of March 8, 2016, the system will be fully operational again whereby we will be able to process your application as you are used of us.
The Dutch Embassy of Dakar will outsource part of the visa process to an external provider. VFS Global has been selected as new partner, a company who specializes in this domain and that delivers these services already for the embassies of France and Spain in Dakar, and many Dutch embassies worldwide.
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.