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Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra and alderman Theo Duijvestijn of Westland municipality turned on 16,000 solar panels at the ABC Westland business park on 1 July. ABC Westland can now rightly claim to be the most sustainable business park in the Netherlands.
Netherlands Premier Mark Rutte accepted the ‘Investing in Renewal' programme from King's Commissioner for the Province, Jaap Smit, and the mayors of Rotterdam and The Hague. The programme is targeted at urban renewal and the sustainability of the economy in the Zuid-Holland urban agglomeration, the most heavily populated region of the Netherlands.
The Hague, 30 June 2016.
The Province of Zuid-Holland organised an inspirational event on participation in the ERDF programmes INTERREG Two Seas, INTERREG Vlaanderen-Nederland and Opportunities for West on 30 June. The aim was to inspire and encourage organisations within the region looking for participation in ERDF programmes to join forces. Over 40 representatives attended the event on behalf of various organisations, ranging from universities and innovation labs to local municipalities and SMEs.
Action has begun on Proeftuin Veenweiden Natura 2000, a fieldlab programme aimed at curtailing the emission of ammonia in the province's western peatland area. Dairy farmers, researchers and consultants are working together on measures to cut ammonia levels and at the same time improve water quality and reduce soil subsidence.
The province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner for the inland waterway project CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH). The application for the subsidy that had been submitted to the European LIFE fund has been granted. The project will be launched on 1 September 2016 for a period of four years. The project aims to cooperate with partners to preserve the inland waterways.
The Zuid-Holland regions of Drechtsteden and Midden-Holland on 22 June launched pilot green energy projects under the regional strategy partnership Green Deal Regionale Energiestrategieën. Participating partners are the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, municipalities, Zuid-Holland Province, water boards and businesses. Its aim is to join forces to identify ways of making the regions energy neutral by 2050.
On Thursday 30 June 2016 Zuid-Holland Province signed the Waterpoort partnership agreement together with the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Zeeland, six municipalities and 15 public sector and private sector entities.
Mr Floor Vermeulen, Regional Minister for traffic and transport, presented the 'Samen verder Fietsen’ (Cycling on Together) implementation agenda at the national road cycling championships on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee on Saturday 25 June 2016. The programme stems from the regional planning document Fietsplan 2016-2025 and includes specific assignments for the province and its partners in the coming years. "Zuid-Holland aims to be the most accessible province for cyclists. Our ambition is to have a better cycling network, innovative bike paths and good links with other forms of transport," said Mr Vermeulen.
The Hague, 20 and 21 June 2016.
On 21 and 22 June, the 'Workshop on strategic cooperation on Blue Growth in the North Sea' took place in the Zuid-Holland provincial government building, organized under the auspices of the Dutch presidency of the EU. Rogier van der Sande, Regional Minister for European policies, officially opened this workshop.
The Goederenvervoer over Waterin een stroomversnelling meeting took place in Rotterdam's Wereldmuseum on Wednesday 22 June 2016. Regional Minister Rik Janssen opened the proceedings by calling on the shipping companies, shippers and other businesses present to take advantage of the opportunities available for smarter logistics, cleaner inland waterway transport and a stronger economy.