Budget Day 2008, 'Prinsjesdag'

Today, Prinsjesdag, the Dutch government presented its policy plans and budgets for the coming parliamentary year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget provides an active foreign policy that brings opportunities to the Netherlands.

Working together for the good of the Netherlands means looking beyond our national borders. What happens elsewhere in the world affects us too. The government is pursuing an active foreign policy to help the Dutch people derive maximum benefit from the opportunities of a globalised world. But it also shapes its policy to deal with the challenges of our age: poverty and inequality, climate change, energy scarcity, terrorism, human trafficking, and the food crisis. Our borders cannot protect us from these problems. They require a collective approach, primarily through international organisations. We can enjoy security and protection as long as all the players on the world stage, especially the most powerful, adhere to international agreements.