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1 Important news regarding Dutch travel documents and visas from the Los Angeles office

The issuance of Dutch travel documents is changing worldwide, and this will affect the service to Dutch citizens in the United States as well.

2 Amsterdam to Host National Commemoration of MH17 on Monday

The national commemoration of the flight MH17 disaster will take place Monday, Nov. 10, 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.

3 Netherlands Elected to Three-Year Term on UN Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was elected today to the Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly for the 2015-2017 period.

4 King Willem-Alexander Appoints Bert Koenders as Foreign Affairs Minister

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Oct. 17, 2014.

5 Prime Minister to Meet with Likely New Minister of Foreign Affairs on Friday

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 take place on Friday, Oct. 17.

6 The Netherlands launches Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture

The Netherlands used the UN Climate Summit in New York on Sept. 23, 2014, to launch a global alliance for greater food security through climate-smart agriculture.

7 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

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.

8 'Stella' Arrives in US to Kick Off National Drive Electric Week

Coast to Coast e-Mobility, liaison for e-Mobility knowledge, innovation and business between the US and Western Europe, today announced on behalf of the “Stella goes USA” partners, the US arrival of “Stella,” the world’s first solar-powered, energy-positive family vehicle.

9 Foreign minister nominated for senior EU job

European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker has announced his new team of Commissioners for the next five years. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans will be Mr. Juncker’s First Vice President and right-hand man. If confirmed by the European Parliament, the minister will be entrusted with the portfolio on better regulation, inter-institutional relations, rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that he is "very happy" with the important job Mr. Timmermans has been offered.

10 Dutch Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report on Flight MH17

The Dutch Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine on July 17, 2014.