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Tom Leene, President, Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC): “The Netherlands is one of the largest foreign investors in Romania, responsible for the direct employment of over 200.000 people”

Yearly, the NRCC celebrates the birthday of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, during its flagship event “NRCC Orange Night”. Already at the 7th edition, this gala event gathers more guests, sponsors and partners, signifying the importance and high-quality profile of the event for the Dutch-Romanian business community.

The evening consists traditionally of an official reception, a 4-course seated dinner followed by a vibrant party with varied entertainment. Everybody is welcome, so it is a wonderful opportunity to meet all the NRCC Members, whether you are a part of the Community or not! The celebration takes place on 10th of May at the famous Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest. While the Dutch are gearing up for the event of the year, let’s hear from NRCC President Tom Leene, the role of the NRCC:

“The Netherlands is one of the largest foreign investors in Romania, responsible for the direct employment of over 200.000 people and accounts for 25 percent of the FDI according to the National Bank of Romania (2017). That is a much larger amount than in any other country in the region (Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria) and shows the strong economic ties between the two countries, and there are clear signs that the interest of Dutch investors in Romania is ever increasing. Also the main operations for the entire region, from a lot of Dutch companies, is established here. The NRCC, a network of organisations for any business with an interest in the Dutch – Romanian business environment, is facilitating the networking between the different stakeholders such as members, public/private sector organisations and governments. We are sharing knowledge from, and between our members in order for them to develop their business. We have over 200 members who found each-other in this need and you will find within the members of the NRCC a healthy mix between large, medium and smaller companies that cover various sectors.  The interest of the Dutch towards Romania derives from the historical and geographical similarities we share: both countries are located at the sea, both have a big river going through the country that is important for the development of commerce and trade (the Rhyne and the Donau), and both countries have a history in agriculture and shipbuilding.”

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