August 15, 2020

Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

In the picture, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Belgium, H.E. Mr Philippe Goffin and the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias. THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 9 July 2020 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Belgium, H.E. Mr Philippe Goffin, met today at OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Foreign Affairs and Defence Minister congratulated the Director-General and the Technical Secretariat for their efforts to ensure a world free…

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30 years after 9/11: How many Germanies should Europe have?

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. 2019 sees the 30th anniversary of the European 9/11 – the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dislike the 9/11 that came 12 years later, which many now associate with the demise of the Anglo-American dominant capitalism, for the most – this European 9/11 marks the final end of the Cold War. Downing the Wall brought about the subsequent collapse of communism – narrative goes. Hence, it should be a date to celebrate annually as a final, everlasting opening of the road to universal freedom prosperity, globally shared rosy future – in word: a self-realisation of…

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Diplomats only seminar

On 2 October 2019, in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine, Russell Advocaten hosted a – diplomats only – seminar in The Hague. The subject of this well-attended event was “Dutch labour law and investing in the Netherlands – an update for Diplomats”.  Agenda The agenda contained the following: (New) Dutch dismissal law Labour Market in Balance Act Employee illness Investment in the Netherlands The highly interactive meeting focused in particular on Dutch dismissal law and the mandatory transition compensation.  Key issues Key issues for Embassies include: As from next year, every employee who does not quit himself is entitled to a…

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Connectivity and Resilience: the Eastern Partnership’s 10th Anniversary

The Eastern Partnership organized a panel discussion at the Europe house of The Netherlands last April, in honour of the partnership’s 10th anniversary. The discussion was under the theme “connectivity and resilience” and revolved around “how to evaluate the past 10 years of EaP? what are the strengths of EaP and which areas need improvement? What to expect from the next years?” By Aurore Heugas. The 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership took place in the form of a panel discussion. The partnership between Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aims to strengthen their inter-relationships but also to bring…

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H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Ambassador Lawrence Lenayapa, new Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Kingdom to the Netherlands,  also the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and leader of Kenya’s delegation to other International Organizations in the Netherlands. Ambassador Lenayapa arrived in the Netherlands at the beginning of August 2018 and presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on 29 August 2018. The Ambassador most recently served as the State House Comptroller for the Kenyan Presidency and was also formerly the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral…

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C Pre-Trial Chamber II joins Yekatom and Ngaïssona cases

On 20 February 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II decided to join the cases of The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and The Prosecutor v. Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona.  In the Chamber’s view, joint proceedings against Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona will serve to enhance the fairness and expeditiousness of the proceedings by avoiding the duplication of evidence, inconsistency in the presentation and assessment of evidence, undue impact on witnesses and victims, and unnecessary expense. In joint cases, each suspect shall be accorded the same rights as if such suspect were being tried separately.  The Chamber scheduled the hearing on the confirmation of the charges in the (joint) case…

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A Baltic Hike: Lithuania Statehood Restoration Day Celebration 2019

Sounds from Lithuania by the choir Exicon. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 13 February 2019, the Lithuanian style  concert was followed by a reception. The occasion,  celebrating  Lithuania’s “Restoration-Statehood “(February 1918) The Lutheran church in  The Hague served as a backdrop for the festivities.The event was attended by Ambassadors from the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Belarus, Kuwait just to mention some, as well as by the diaspora from the Baltic states and others. After an impressive life rendition of the Lithuanian- and Dutch national anthem by organist Liga Vilmane, H.E.Vidmantas Purlys delivered his welcome address. My wife Dita and I would like to warmly…

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Le clip, un bijou de style et d’élégance/Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibits new clip, The brooch in Paris.

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Pacis Palmae Digniores Quam Tropaea Belli (The Palms of Peace are More Honorable than the Trophies of War)

By Sheila Turabaz. On the 26th of September, the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace – generally known as the courtroom where the hearings of the International Court of Justice are held – was not centered around dispute settlement but on the recognition and celebration of the efforts and accomplishments of noble individuals and organizations, furthering the cause of international peace “in whatever way, by word or deed in the form of international action, in literature, or the arts”. The Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize is the second-oldest award for peacemakers (after the Nobel Peace Prize). The Carnegie Wateler…

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The 2018 Austria National Day And Centenary Celebrations

                            On the picture the Ambassador of Austria Heidemaria Gürer and the President of the Senate, the Honourable Ankie Broekers-Knol, we can also see H.E. Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio. By Roy Lie Atjam. On October 26th 2018 (Oct 26-Feiertag) Austria celebrates its 63rd year of independence. 2018 is also a year of celebrations and reflection as the country celebrates the Centenary of the proclamation of the second Republic of Austria. The memorable day was celebrated in The Hague on Thursday 25 October 2018, H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer and spouse…

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