On 18 September, Prinsjesdag, the Dutch government presented its policy plans and budgets for the coming parliamentary year. Labour migration, climate change, terrorism and Dutch nationals in distress abroad are just a few examples of the challenges that require international cooperation.
Because cooperation with other countries is in the interests of the Netherlands and its people, the government is pursuing an active international and European role for the Netherlands. With that in mind, it has selected four policy areas to guide the country toward this objective:
1) a stronger basis for a decisive and democratic Europe,
2) concerted action for peace, security and development,
3) development cooperation that helps people and
4) human rights – fundamentally important.