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1 State awards €1bn children’s hospital contract to BAM Ireland

The contract to build the long-awaited national children’s hospital in Dublin has been awarded – at a price €300 million more than the original budget of €650 million. BAM Ireland, one of the State’s largest building contractors, has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the hospital for a price understood to be close to €1 billion, The Irish Times has learned. This does not include the cost of IT or equipment for the hospital, which is likely to exceed €100 million in each instance.

2 Agri & food exports achieve record high in 2016

The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euro, compared to 90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euro and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.

3 Rijksakademie residency 2018

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam) is an international residency program. During their two years’ residency, emerging professional artists are stimulated to reflect critically on their work and break new ground. They are offered artistic, theoretical and technical support within a well-equipped working environment.

4 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.

5 100 years of Schiphol

Today Schiphol is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In 1916, a few little wooden structures placed on a muddy stretch of reclaimed land in the Haarlemmermeer became the Netherlands' first airport. On September 19th of that year the first plane landed at the airport.

6 Koenders bespreekt Brexit, veiligheid en migratie tijdens Europese reis

Koenders is vandaag in de Ierse hoofdstad Dublin voor een ontmoeting met zijn Ierse ambtgenoot Charles Flanagan. Ook woont de minister de jaarlijkse ambassadeursconferentie bij waar hij Ierse ambassadeurs zal toespreken. Tijdens zijn bezoek aan Ierland zal de voorgenomen uittreding van het Verenigd Koninkrijk uit de Europese Unie onderwerp van gesprek zijn. Ierland en Nederland ondervinden als directe buurlanden van het VK op meerdere manieren de gevolgen van een Brexit.

7 BAM acquires project to extend university library in Limerick

The University of Limerick has awarded the contract for the extension of the Gluckman library to the Irish subsidiary of the Dutch construction company BAM. It concerns a contract of approximately €18 million.

8 Dutch Royal HaskoningDHV appointed to Dublin Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

The Dutch engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by Irish Water to the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant project team to provide expertise on its sustainable wastewater reduction treatment technology, Nereda®.

9 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 turnout of 30% or more was reached, with a majority of people voting against.

10 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.