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Dutch Minister of Defence in Constanta for joint military exercise

Starting today until 10 April two ships of the Dutch Navy, the HNLMS Johan de Witt and the HNLMS Rotterdam, will be present in the Port of Constanta, a communiqué sent by the Dutch Embassy in Bucharest reads. The two ships will participate in a bilateral Romanian Netherlands military exercise, ‘Cooperative Lion 2009’. Throughout the week various economic and commercial related activities will take place on the ships and in the Passengers Terminal of the harbour.

On the occasion of the fleet visit and the military exercise ‘Cooperative Lion 2009’ the Dutch Minister of Defence Mr. Eimert van Middelkoop will be in Constanta for an official bilateral visit. Minister van Middelkoop will have consultations with his Romanian counterpart, Mr. Mihai Stanisoara, with whom he will also attend part of the bilateral military exercise. Both ministers will also visit the Maritime and Naval exhibition where Dutch companies are able to establish contacts with Romanian shipyard directors, ship owners, Danube authorities and defence specialists. Furthermore, Minister van Middelkoop and Minister Stanisoara will be present at the VIP-cocktail on the HNLMS Johan de Witt, for which Romanian President Traian Basescu has been invited as the Guest of Honour.

The Dutch Embassy also informed that between 7 and 9 April the Dutch vice-Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Mrs. Tineke Huizinga, will be visiting Bucharest and Constanta. The objective of her visit is to further promote the Dutch – Romanian bilateral cooperation in two strategic areas: water management and logistics & infrastructure.

The development of ports and hinterland connections into Central Europe and beyond will represent the main theme of the conference organised on 9 April, which will emphasise all aspects related to the development of the continental logistics corridor between Constanta and Rotterdam.

The conference will be organised by a cluster of Dutch companies gathered under the European Gateways Platform (EGP).

Commercial activities

Prior to the conference on 9 April EGP will organise from 5 to 9 April a trade mission in which companies active in logistics and infrastructure will take part. The programme of this mission, which will take place in Bucharest and Constanta, consists of a combination of company- and project visits, matchmaking sessions and network meetings.

The Dutch companies participating in this mission will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Romanian public institutions and private companies in order to identify possible ways for future cooperation.

On 8 April, in Bucharest, the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council organises the “Rotterdam Business to Business Meeting”. The objective of this event is to present the commercial benefits of business relations with the Port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam port and logistics service providers. Further development of ports, terminals and hinterland connections are to be found among the main subjects of this meeting.

The opportunity offered by the visit of the two high level officials from the Netherlands and the presence of the two ships of the Dutch Navy in Constanta will be taken by Ahoy Rotterdam to organise from 7 to 9 April the Naval & Maritime Exhibition Romania.

In addition to the military, economic and commercial activities, schoolchildren of Constanta have been invited by the Dutch Navy to visit the ships on 6 April.

Furthermore, the Dutch Navy Brass Band will perform together with the Romanian Navy Brass Band on 8 April between 13.00 and 15.00 hrs near the Opera. The performance is free of charge. Throughout the week the Dutch Navy Band will also perform during official ceremonies.

The Dutch community in Romania will be able to visit the ship on 5 April. The visit is organised by the Dutch Association in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For more information and registration, visit www.nederland.ro.

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