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1 Political Officer Vacancy

Looking for a new challenge? Interested in working in an international environment? The Netherlands Embassy is looking for a new full time Political Officer. If you are interested, please apply by sending in your CV and Letter of Motivation before December 11, 2016. Or if you know anyone who would be suitable for the position, please share this exciting opportunity! For the full application process, job description, and how to reply please read below.

2 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

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.

3 Prime Minister Mark Rutte visits Iraq

On Tuesday August 9, prime-minister Mark Rutte visited Iraq. The prime-minister’s trip, which was kept secret due to security reasons, included visits to both Baghdad and Erbil. In Baghdad Rutte met with prime-minister Abadi, several UN and coalition dignitaries, and enjoyed an extensive lunch with Iraqi youth. In Erbil the prime-minister spoke with Kurdish leader Barzani and met with Dutch forces stationed in the north.

4 Netherlands Government provides €4.3 million in humanitarian assistance to support Falluja IDPs

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Development Cooperation announced on Thursday a new humanitarian assistance package for Iraq in the amount of €4.3 million. This announcement is in response to the acute humanitarian crises faced by the civilians displaced by the fighting in Fallujah.

5 Ramadan Kareem

On behalf of all of us at the Embassy I would like to wish for all Iraqi’s, and especially the Muslims, Ramadan Kareem. There is time for reflection and joy for those who can celebrate this month together with loved ones. Our thoughts are with so many people who are suffering from the relentless terror of Da’esh, and those who miss a loved one in this time of war. The Netherlands supports the government and people of Iraq to retake their destiny from evil and to build a prosperous and peaceful country in which there is room for all. Deputy Ambassador Jan van Weijen

6 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

7 Call for tender – ERIN Specific Action

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 citizens who return to their countries of origin.

8 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

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.

10 “Mine action is humanitarian action”