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In 2018, 115 foreign companies opened an office or expanded their business in West Holland with the assistance of regional acquisition partners. These firms are expected to provide in excess of 2,600 jobs and to invest a total of 278 million euros in the region. Since 2014, The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter have been actively collaborating to place the region in the global spotlight and to attract and support foreign companies. This has paid off: 26% of international companies that set up business in the Netherlands last year chose West Holland.
During a European Committee of the Regions Plenary session, Jeannette Baljeu explains what is being discussed, what she’s working with regards to her report and her work at the European level.
The 55 newly elected Provincial Executives of the Zuid-Holland Provincial Council were inaugurated on 28 March 2019. Forum voor Democratie (‘Forum for Democracy’, FvD) and DENK ('THINK') are new to the Provincial Council.
Truck drivers are to obtain more space to park their trucks in secure parkings in the Netherlands. Led by the province of Zuid-Holland, the collaboration with the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland and with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management succeeded in obtaining over €3.5 million in European funding to that end.
35 horticultural organisations and authorities have signed the Tuinbouwakkoord, in which they agree to work towards a circular, sustainable horticulture and will further strengthen the industry's international competitive position. Besides Minister Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality), Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra on behalf of the Province of Zuid-Holland signed the agreement.
The Province of Zuid-Holland offers more innovative projects the opportunity to make use of the EFRO Zuid-Holland co-financing scheme.
The Province of Zuid-Holland and branch organisation SpaceNed are to collaborate with the German state Bremen and the space cluster Aviaspace Bremen. By exchanging more knowledge in the field of aerospace and starting joint projects, both clusters are able to each develop even better. The collaboration also offers new opportunities for innovations.
Regional Minister Baljeu is the reporter for the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the industrial policy. During the workshop on 6 March, she spoke with various experts about the future of the EU Industrial Policy.
The Province of Zuid-Holland is making an additional €1.5 million available to networks of businesses, knowledge institutions and local authorities aimed at innovation in Zuid-Holland.
The 2 Seas Midterm review event has as main focus the showcasing 2 of Seas project results that were delivered to date. All 68 approved projects are allocated an envelope of ERDF in order to realise their proposed outputs and results. Each of these results contributes directly to one of the Specific Objectives at set out for the 2 Seas Programme area in its Operational Programme.