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The Netherlands and the EU

Latest business news about The Netherlands and the European Union.

The Netherlands: country overview
The Netherlands was a founding member of the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. The most important sectors of the Netherlands’ economy in 2015 were public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (21.8 %), wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (21.0 %) and industry (15.4 %). The Netherlands’ main export partners are Germany, Belgium and the UK, while its main import partners are Germany, China and Belgium.

Doing business in the Netherlands: Staff welfare
In the Netherlands, government rules on staff welfare can be found in the Working Conditions Act, the Working Conditions Decree, the government's Health and Safety Regulations and also its Guidelines on Working Conditions, including standards.

Doing business in the Netherlands: Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Netherlands applies to all core business processes, from buying and production through to personnel policy and marketing.

Doing business in the Netherlands: Environmental rules
Dutch businesses must comply with specific environmental regulations, which are based on the Environmental Management Act and incorporated within general environmental rules such as the Environmental Activities Decree or environmental licensing.

EU approves EUR 10m aid for Dutch energy-saving project
The European Commission has authorised The Netherlands to provide a grant of 10 million euros to Nuon Energy Sourcing NV for a CO2 capture demonstration project.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is an independent law firm, specialised in providing high-end legal advice in business transactions and commercial litigation.

Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands
Contacts of the European Commission representation in the Netherlands.

Netherlands Investment Climate 2009
The Netherlands' trade and investment policy is among the most open in the world, with combined merchandise exports and imports virtually equal to GDP. The government of the Netherlands maintains liberal policies toward foreign direct investment and adheres to OECD investment codes.

Access to finance
There are several paths to obtaining secure finance for a business in the Netherlands. The Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel - KvK) provides an overview of these.

Setting up a business in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a developed country with a solid financial structure. Dutch civil and fiscal legislation are based on European law. The country offers a wide range of possibilities for international entrepreneurs to set up a business.

The Netherlands and the euro
The Netherlands is a founding member of the European Union and was one of the first-wave EU countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999.

Find an office in The Netherlands
Instant Offices Netherlands

Netherlands country profile
The Netherlands, as the name indicates, is low-lying territory, with one third of the country at or below sea level. The Netherlands is a founder member state of the European Union.

Netherlands foreign trade agency
The Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency (EVD) is an arm of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs specially created to further the international activities of companies and entrepeneurs from all sectors of the Dutch economy.

Netherlands trade
This website aims to be of assistance to those doing business in Holland. It is expected to expand its services soon. This Trade & Industry site is an initiative of the Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency (EVD) and

Business Environment - Netherlands
Snapshot of the business environment for the Netherlands economy from the World Bank

Doing Business in Netherlands (HLBI)
Guide on the Netherlands from HLB International, which has produced a series of international booklets on accounting, taxation and company law information -pdf

Taxation and Investment in Netherlands (Deloitte)
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Netherlands Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders. Country Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on the Investment Climate, Labour Relations and Work Force, Business Regulations, Foreign Investment, Choice of Business Entity and Corporate Taxation in the Netherlands.