Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

White House Statement from the Press Secretary Issued on: July 11, 2019 President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 18, 2019.  President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the historic ties and shared interests that link the United States and the Netherlands.  The President ... Read More»

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The 1969 lunar landing was an unprecedented achievement — a milestone in human history. How did it happen? Decades of relentless scientific development as well as courageous astronauts who were determined to explore the unknown did the trick. But there is more. Technologies that are common today came out of Apollo space research. CAT scans, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, The Netherlands (July 10, 2019)

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the Museumplein area in front of the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Friday, July 12, 2019, beginning at approximately 7:00 pm and lasting until approximately 9:00 pm.  The group will assemble in front of the U.S. ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates #75LiberationNL at Independence Day Reception

U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra hosted the celebration of the 243rd year of America’s independence at the John Adams Park in Wassenaar, the location of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. We thank all our amazing sponsors for their generous donations. The reception celebrated the 75 years since the Liberation of the Netherlands, with World War ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra discusses U.S. priorities at “De Maatschappij”

Item on the website of “De Maatschappij” – In gesprek met Pete Hoekstra, ambassadeur van de Verenigde Staten van Amerika, met een primeur! On June 25, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra spoke to more than 80 members of the local chapters of  “De Maatschappij” at the Carlton-Ambassador Hotel in The Hague. Founded in 1777,  “De Maatschappij” is the oldest network organization in the Netherlands. The Ambassador talked about recent geo-political developments and the Dutch-U.S. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Early Closure on July 1, 2019 at the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Event:  On Monday July 1, the U.S. Consulate will close to the public at 1:00 pm.  The American Citizen Services Unit will be open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, for U.S. Citizen emergency services only.  U.S. Citizens in need of emergency passports should visit the Consulate General between 8:00 am ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands (June 25, 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands (June 25, 2019) Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the area in front of the U.S. Embassy, in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, beginning at approximately 3:00 pm and lasting until approximately 5:00 ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Report for 2018

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in every country. Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – Full Report Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – Netherlands Section       Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2019

Through the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, we assess what governments around the world are doing to combat this crime. The TIP Report is an invaluable tool to arm ourselves with the latest information and guide our action at home and abroad. 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – complete report 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – the Netherlands Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on the Prosecution of Four Suspects in the MH17 Case

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 19, 2019 The United States welcomes the announcement today regarding the indictment of four individuals for their role in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014. This is an important milestone in the search for the truth, and we remain confident in ... Read More»

Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2019

On June 17, 2019, Public Affairs Officer Sherry Keneson-Hall spoke at the Fulbright Award Ceremony, in the historic Academiegebouw of Utrecht University, on the occasion of Dutch students and scholars being honored as the latest Fulbright grantees. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar program is an American scholarship administered jointly with the Dutch government, in which American students ... Read More»

Fietselfstedentocht: U.S. Embassy team joins 15,000 riders in Friesland

Ambassador Hoekstra and a U.S. Embassy team joined over 15,000 other riders in the traditional Fietselfstedentocht on Whit Monday. The 235 km (or 146 miles) track led the participants through the eleven cities and the countryside of the beautiful province of Friesland, from Dokkum in the East to Stavoren on the shores of the IJsselmeer. What ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the 75th Commemoration of D-Day

Remarks Normandy American Cemetery June 6, 1944 Colleville-sur-Mer, France THE PRESIDENT:  President Macron, Mrs. Macron, and the people of France; to the First Lady of the United States and members of the United States Congress; to distinguished guests, veterans, and my fellow Americans: We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar.  On these shores, on these bluffs, ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 Deliverables

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 5, 2019 The  2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit  (GES 2019), co-hosted by the U.S. and Dutch governments, showcased the depth and breadth of innovations that are improving lives around the world, and the critical role of governments in enabling environments for innovation to thrive. With a theme of The Future Now, GES 2019 empowered entrepreneurs to pursue solutions to global challenges ... Read More»

GES 2019 Showcases Innovations that are Improving Lives

News item | 05-06-2019 | 19:49 The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2019), co-hosted by the governments of the United States and the Netherlands, showcased the depth and breadth of innovations that are improving lives around the world, and the critical role of governments in enabling environments for innovation to thrive. With The Future Now ... Read More»

GES News: U.S. Government Blended-Finance Fund to Empower Women in Developing Market

News item | 04-06-2019 | 17:29 Today at GES 2019, the U.S. Government made substantial commitments to drive women’s economic empowerment in developing markets. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $500,000 in funding and $100,000 in technical assistance to the Women’s World Banking Asset Management (WAM) blended-finance fund.  Joining USAID, the Overseas Private Investment ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok at a Press Availability

PRESS AVAILABILITY MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE / JUNE 3, 2019 JOHAN DE WITTHUIS THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS MODERATOR: (In progress) gentlemen, welcome to today’s press conference. We’ll first have some statements and then there’s room for four questions. I’ll give the floor to Minister Blok. FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: Well, first of all, it’s a great ... Read More»

Secretary of State Pompeo Opens the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 CITY HALL THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome. The prime minister and I were just remarking on what a great crowd, what a great group we have here. Thank you, Madame Mayor, for joining us as well and hosting us. I want to thank the prime minister as ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo travels to the Netherlands to address the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  FACT SHEET June 3, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO TRAVELS TO THE NETHERLANDS TO ADDRESS THE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT AND REINFORCE U.S.-DUTCH TIES  “The free-enterprise system… is the only system where a business started in a dorm room can disrupt a billion-dollar industry, and where risk-takers ... Read More»

Statement from President Trump in Honor of Pride Month

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Statement from the President Issued on: June 1, 2019 As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, Netherlands May 31, 2019

Location:  Announced gathering point includes, but is not limited to, the Museumplein in front of the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Event:  A demonstration is expected on Friday, May 31, 2019, beginning at approximately 12:00 pm and lasting until approximately 2:00 pm.  The group will assemble in front of the U.S. Consulate.  This event is ... Read More»

High school students watch Hidden Figures during Dutch Technology Week

From May 20-24, 2019, during the nation-wide Dutch Technology Week , high school students from all across the country could watch the movie “Hidden Figures” in a Pathé cinema, followed by a discussion about the importance of empowering women in STEM fields, led by female role models. Tamar Neter-Gans, one of the women in STEM role models herself, was the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra Speaks at Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten

Ambassador Hoekstra’s Remarks at the annual Memorial Day ceremony as prepared.  Sunday, May 26, 2019 Minister Blok, Governor Bovens, Admiral Ishee, Mayor Akkermans, distinguished veterans, your excellencies, Superintendent Williams, ladies, and gentlemen, it is truly an honor to join you once again, marking the 75th annual Memorial Day ceremony on these hallowed grounds. Everyone here ... Read More»

Remarks by DCM Shawn Crowley at the Memorial Day lunch hosted by Limburg Governor Theo Bovens

Remarks by DCM Shawn Crowley at the Memorial Day lunch as prepared. Thank you, Governor and Mrs. Bovens, for hosting us today. As the grandson, son, and brother of veterans, it is a great honor to once again celebrate Memorial Day here with you. When Sabine and I first came to Limburg three years ago, ... Read More»

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga To Lead GES Closing Session

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 24, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and business leader Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga will lead the closing session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Manisha Singh, ... Read More»

Panel Discussion on Strategic Competition, 5G, and the Geopolitics of A.I.

The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands, in cooperation with The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, organized a panel discussion on Strategic Competition, 5G, and the Geopolitics of A.I., with distinguished speakers Ms. Hester Somsen (Director for Security Policy, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr. Michael J. Mazarr (Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation), and Dr. Tim ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – National Transportation Strike and Reduced Services at the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Location: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, the Netherlands. Event:  Many operators of trains and regional public transport (buses, metro, and trams) in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, Netherlands, have announced they will be on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Due to the lack of transportation options for staff and customers, the ... Read More»

75th Memorial Day in Margraten to be observed May 26, 2019

75th Memorial Day in Margraten to be observed May 26 MARGRATEN, the Netherlands – The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten will be held Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 15:00. This ceremony has been a U.S. and Dutch tradition since May 1945. As thousands usually attend the event, ... Read More»

Media Note: Leading Speakers, Panelists Announced for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Leading Speakers, Panelists Announced for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON / MAY 15, 2019 The United States of America and The Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce some of the outstanding entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, supporters, and policymakers from around the world who will attend the 2019 Global ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits North Holland and Friesland

On the occasion of the opening of a new exhibition in Museum Eenigenburg, West-Friesland, commemorating the 170th anniversary of the dramatic journey to the United States by several Eenigenburg families, Ambassador Hoekstra was presented with the first copy of a book entitled “Geloven in een Nieuwe Wereld,” written by local historian Fred Hoek and specially ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra promotes the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Next Web Conference

On May 10, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra opened a special workshop at The Next Web Conference TNW2019 in Amsterdam, dedicated to the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The Next Web Conference is the largest tech conference in Europe, with more than 17,500 people participating. The two-day conference consists of speakers, panel discussions, and workshops. Ambassador Hoekstra tweeted: “Great to be at @thenextweb ... Read More»

Presidential Message for Ramadan 2019

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2019 Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019 I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad. At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra attends Dutch Memorial Day ceremony in Opijnen

May 4 is Dutch Memorial Day.  Ambassador Hoekstra and Colonel Trevor Nitz, the chief of the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation went to Opijnen to honor those who gave their lives to store freedom in Europe during WWII. The eight gravestones of U.S. servicemen in the Dutch village stand as a testament to those who ... Read More»

50PLUS visits the U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar

More than 35 members of the 50PLUS political party attended a town hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar. 50PLUS leader Mr. Henk Krol is a member of the U.S. Contact Group in the Dutch parliament. Ambassador Hoekstra addressed the group, and had an interesting exchange on how to improve the economic and security ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits the World Horti Center to discuss greenhouse farming

On May 1, the Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague organized a visit of Ambassador Hoekstra to the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk in the run up to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES ). The World Horti Center is a platform where business, education and government jointly innovate, connect, create, and inspire. It is an education institute for horticultural business and technology ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Koningsdag in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 27, 2019 On behalf of the United States government, I congratulate His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on his sixth celebration of Koningsdag, and extend my best wishes to the people of the Netherlands on this joyous occasion. The United States and the Netherlands share the ... Read More»

High-profile investors join Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

News item | 25-04-2019 | 09:56 https://www.ges2019.org/latest/news/2019/04/25/high-profile-investors-join-global-entrepreneurship-summit-2019 Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America announced that APG, PGGM, Silicon Valley Bank, BlackRock, Atomico, Carlyle Group, Bank of America, WR Hambrecht Ventures, and CVC are among the investors planning to attend the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit set to take place in ... Read More»

An Earth Day Message from President Trump

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2019 Presidential Message on Earth Day, 2019 Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment.  On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations. From the Appalachian Mountains to the golden shores of California, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra Honorary Patron of the America Europe Friendship Association (AEFA)

On March 29, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra spoke at an event organized by the America Europe Friendship Association (AEFA) in cooperation with the Municipality of Brunssum. More than 120 guests, including Limburg Governor Theo Bovens, Mayors and NATO representatives were present. The AEFA aims to strengthen the transatlantic relationship, particularly from Limburg but with inclusion of ... Read More»

The Liberation Museum Groesbeek and Wassenaar fire fighter honored at Dutch-American Friendship Day 2019

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR) . Each year, OAR presents a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ to an individual or organization in the Netherlands that provided a great contribution to the Dutch-American relationship. For 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Wiel Lenders, Director of the ... Read More»

CDA Business Club visits the U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar

More than 60 members of the CDA Business Club (a network organization of the Dutch political party Christen-Democratisch Appèl) attended a town hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar. Ambassador Hoekstra addressed the group, and had an interesting exchange on how to improve the economic and security relations between the Netherlands and the United States. Besides that, ... Read More»

Statement from the President on ICC decision

Issued from the Office of the Press Secretary – April 12, 2019 Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced its unanimous rejection of a request to investigate American military and intelligence professionals who served in Afghanistan. This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law. We welcome this decision and reiterate our ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Murphy Speaks on NATO at the Clingendael Institute

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs Michael J. Murphy delivered a speech on NATO at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague April 8, 2019.  The audience, of more than 80 guests included former Dutch Ministers of Defense, politicians, and students.  A question and answer session  followed the speech.  The full text of his ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra installed as Honorary Weighing Master in Gouda

Ringing the market bell, Ambassador Hoekstra yesterday officially opened the Gouda Cheese Market season. After a tour with Mayor Salet of this world famous cheese market, museum director Marc de Beyer showed the Ambassador and his wife the collection of Museum Gouda , including the beautiful 16th century religious art and impressive scale model of the historic city. The visit ... Read More»

Ambassador pays official visit to Zeeland

Ambassador Hoekstra and Mrs. Diane Hoekstra traveled to Zeeland on April 2 and 3 for an official visit to the province. They were greeted by King’s Commissioner Han Polman. Ambassador Hoekstra then gave the Roosevelt Lecture at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, followed by a dinner with students from University College Roosevelt and Ostrea Lyceum in ... Read More»

U.S. pre-positioned aid for the people of Venezuela landing in Curacao today

USAID – US Agency for International Development Press Release: the United States pre-positions humanitarian assistance in Curaçao to help Venezuelans in need Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that the United States is pre-positioning additional aid in the region for the people of Venezuela.  Green noted that critically-needed health kits, containing medicine and medical supplies, are being sent by the United States ... Read More»

Additional Social Security Walk-In Day for Applicants over 12 on April 16

On Tuesday, April 16, the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam will offer an additional Social Security Walk-In Day in April to assist U.S. Citizens with an urgent need to obtain a social security number. This special walk-in day is reserved for first-time Social Security number applicants who are over 12 years of age. For all ... Read More»

Former Speaker Gingrich speaks in Amsterdam and The Hague

On April 1, 2019, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich participated in programs in Amsterdam and The Hague. He started the day with a visit to the Artis Amsterdam Royal  Zoo . Mr. Gingrich has a lifelong interest in zoos, and was very keen to visit one of the oldest zoos on mainland Europe.  Together with ... Read More»

Cyberheroes strive to make the Netherlands and the U.S. a safer place

Cyberheroes is a one-week training that brought together 20 talented youngsters from the Netherlands and New Mexico. Together they were trained in ethical hacking skills by a series of subject matter experts – and each other – to address current security threats and crimes. Over the course of the week, they took on hacking battles, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra invites American Citizens for a Town Hall Meeting

In close cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam, Ambassador Hoekstra hosted a town hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Wassenaar for more than 80 American Citizens living in the Netherlands. After brief remarks on the issues that the U.S. Embassy is currently working on, such as the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit and ... Read More»

Cybersecurity expert Luke McNamara visits the Netherlands

Luke McNamara, a senior analyst at FireEye, visited the Netherlands recently to talk about protection against advanced cyber threats, including when these threats are directed against democratic processes such as elections. Mr. McNamara spoke with government officials, alumni from the International Visitor Leadership Program, as well as experts at The Hague Security Delta network. He offered strategic forecasts to ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Keynotes at GES Heartland

Secretary of State Pompeo delivered the March 18 keynote address, previewing his participation in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, June 4-5. The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, who is to chair the Summit, also spoke at the Road to GES Heartland event. The United States is co-hosting GES 2019 with the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands (March 18, 2019) Location:  24 Oktoberplein, Utrecht, The Netherlands Event: Dutch Police are reporting a shooting on a tram at 24 Oktoberplein Utrecht, The Netherlands.  The level of security is increased and Dutch police are on site. The Municipality of Utrecht has launched a hotline for questions about ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra and Cuaracao Prime Minister Rhuggenaath sign agreement to help the Venezuelan people

Willemstad- The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America signed an agreement in Willemstad, Curaçao, March 15, concerning access to and use of facilities in Curaçao for humanitarian supplies reserved for the Venezuelan people. Ambassador Hoekstra, who was in Curaçao for the Road to GES Caribbean event, joined Curaçao Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath at a signing ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra in Curaçao for GES

Ambassador Peter Hoekstra traveled to Curacao to take part in events around the “Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)-Caribbean.” Ambassador Hoekstra addressed more than 200 entrepreneurs from throughout the Caribbean about the importance of entrepreneurship in today’s global economy. He said that he had been highly impressed by the business concepts, innovation, and entrepreneurship ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo to deliver keynote remarks March 18, Kansas

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo To Deliver Keynote Remarks at Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Heartland March 18, Overland Park, Kansas. Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 11, 2019 United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver the March 18 keynote address at the State Department’s Road ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points and route include, but are not limited to the Dam Square to de Munt, Vijzelgracht, Rijksmuseum, and the Museumplein area, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected by the “Women’s March the Netherlands” group on Saturday, March 9, 2019, beginning at approximately 12:00 and lasting until approximately 15:30.  The group will ... Read More»

Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2019

International Women’s Day, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2019 On International Women’s Day, we honor women worldwide for their vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities, families, governments, and businesses.  We celebrate their vision, leadership, and courage, and we reaffirm our commitment to promoting equal opportunity for women everywhere. Through the efforts of ... Read More»

Sweet visit to Fryslân

During a visit to the province of Friesland on March 1, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra went to Jirnsum, where he visited the factories of Concorp , the third-largest confectionary company in the Netherlands. Founded in 1960, Concorp is a 100 percent family-owned business with an annual turnover of 60 million euros and 150 employees. Concorp brands include ... Read More»

GES 2019: over 5,000 entrepreneur applications received to date

This June’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2019 has so far attracted over 5,000 entrepreneur applications for 1,200 spots available. The selection has begun! GES 2019, June 4-5 in The Hague, will bring together 2,000+ world leaders in innovation, investment, entrepreneurship, and policy making. 1,200 of these participants will be hand-picked ‘next-generation’ entrepreneurs: companies from the US, the Netherlands and across ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra will visit Curaçao for “The Road to GES2019 Caribbean”

Press Release- U.S. Consulate General Curaçao The Government of Curaçao and the U.S. Consulate General Curaçao are excited to announce that Curaçao will host the Road to GES Caribbean event on March 14-15, 2019 in Willemstad, Curaçao. The Road to GES events are a series of signature events in anticipation to Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019, which ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2019

Issued on: March 1, 2019 During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the countless women whose courage and resolve have contributed to the character and success of our Nation and the entire world. The equal opportunity of women in every facet of daily life is an essential feature of a free and prosperous society. This month, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Province of Groningen

On February 28, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra visited the province of Groningen. His trip included a tour of Groningen Seaports and its operations in Eemshaven and Delfzijl. In Eemshaven he met companies in the energy, chemical, and data management sectors, and was given a tour of the largest wind farm in the Netherlands. A later visit to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra hosts the Transatlantic Christian Council

On February 21, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra hosted a reception for business people from the  Transatlantic Christian Council . More than 50 entrepreneurs attended the event. This reception was a follow-up of Ambassador Hoekstra’s visit to Barendrecht and Bodegraven on October 30, 2018. In his speech, the Ambassador spoke about investment and innovation. He also focused on two major ... Read More»

Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 23, 2019 Today has been a historic day. Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned out in peace to face down a dictator and helped to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, The Hague city center and Malieveld area, in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Sunday, February 24, 2019, beginning at approximately 1:00 pm and lasting until approximately 8:00 pm.  The group will assemble in various areas ... Read More»

Women2Women International Leadership Program 2019

“Let us know why you should participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program 2019 in the U.S. and maybe you’ll be selected to participate.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for young women (ages 15-19) who want to participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts from August 1-10, ... Read More»

DCM Crowley speaks at the 75th commemoration of the bombing of Nijmegen

Remarks DCM Shawn P. Crowley Nijmegen Memorial, February 22, 2019 Friday, February 22, marked the 75th anniversary of the accidental bombing of Nijmegen that leveled much of the inner city and cost the lives of more than 800 people. Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley made remarks in the historic Sint Stevenskerk to mark the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Announcement

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, will host a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens resident in the Netherlands. The town hall is a chance for U.S. citizens to meet the Ambassador and other members of the U.S. Mission. During the town hall, subject-matter experts will be available to answer questions on topics such as passport renewal, personal ... Read More»

USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN’S MEETING WITH CURAÇAO’S PRIME MINISTER EUGENE RHUGGENAATH

Readout For Immediate Release Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Office of Press Relations U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with Curaçao Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath on February 18, 2019, outside of the island’s capital of Willemstad. Administrator Green thanked the Prime Minister for his support in helping alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Province of Flevoland

On February 20, 2019, Ambassador Hoekstra visited the province of Flevoland , the newest of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. The Ambassador kicked off the visit by meeting Flevoland King’s Commissioner Leen Verbeek in Lelystad. There he learned about Flevoland’s history, priorities, and challenges. Ambassador Hoekstra also informed the King’s Commissioner about the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) , which will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, Museumplein, in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Event: Demonstrations are expected on Friday, February 15, 2019, beginning at approximately 2:00 pm and lasting until approximately 2:30 pm. The group will assemble across from the U.S. Consulate General on ... Read More»

Statement on ICJ Preliminary Judgment in the Certain Iranian Assets Case

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2019 Today the International Court of Justice has made a preliminary ruling in Certain Iranian Assets, rejecting many of Iran’s baseless claims and significantly narrowing what remains. This is a significant victory for the United States. Certain Iranian Assets is yet another case in which the Iranian ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra delivers prestigious Machiavelli lecture: “The Threat of a Lost Generation”

Ambassador Hoekstra gave the annual Machiavelli lecture for the Machiavelli Foundation  in Nieuwspoort Press Center in The Hague  on February 13, 2019 Remarks – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra February 13, 2019 Machiavelli Lecture As prepared Thank you for inviting me to be with you this evening. It is a real honor. Diane and I thoroughly enjoy living here, ... Read More»

International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated in Amsterdam

Tamar Neter-Gans, founder and CEO of RobotWise , recently participated in the IVLP project “Hidden No More”, inspired by the movie “Hidden Figures” about three brilliant African-American women at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This U.S. exchange program brought ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk

Ambassador Hoekstra toured the campus of the European Space Research and Technology Center ( ESTEC ) in Noordwijk and learned about collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA . Franco Ongaro, head of ESTEC welcomed Ambassador Hoekstra and gave him an informative tour of the space engineering labs and campus. They spoke about the collaboration on future ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra engages with Christen-Unie youth chapter PerspectieF

During a diplomatic training program, Ambassador Hoekstra spoke to the youth chapter of ChristenUnie, PerspectieF, on international diplomacy, the tools used by the United States to promote foreign policy, and about his experience in business and politics. Questions from the students followed and it was a productive discussion with people who are on track to be ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra opens an exhibit presenting the first D-Day flag

Video: D-Day Flag Ceremony in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam Ambassador Hoekstra spoke at a ceremony to open an exhibit presenting the first D-Day flag and celebrating 75 years of freedom at the Kunsthal in RotterdamMinister of Defense Ank Bijleveld also gave remarks along with the flag’s owner, art collector Bert Kreuk.  The Rotterdam Philharmonic performed the U.S. and Dutch national anthems. The exhibit “D-Day flag 75 years.  A symbol of freedom” opens February ... Read More»

Press Statement: U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2019 On December 4, 2018, the United States announced that the Russian Federation is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an assessment shared by all NATO Allies. The United States also provided notice that unless Russia returned to full ... Read More»

Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Issued on: February 1, 2019 For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad. Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the inner city of The Hague, the Binnenhof and the Plein (near the Dutch government buildings) in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Saturday, February 2, beginning at approximately 10:00 am and lasting until approximately 7:00 ... Read More»

Lockheed Martin And Royal Netherlands Air Force Celebrate Rollout Of First Dutch Operational F-35

On January 30, 2019, Dutch and American officials celebrated the rollout of the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating a transformational leap in capability for the future of the Netherlands’ national defense. “Receiving this F-35 at Leeuwarden Air Base later this ... Read More»

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner – Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner – Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley Hotel Den Haag, Wassenaar, January 27, 2019 Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, Roberta, and the members of Overseas Americans Remember for organizing this event, as well as everything else you do to strengthen Dutch-American relations. I would like to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – The Hague, Saturday, January 12

U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands (January 10, 2019) Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the inner city of The Hague, the Binnenhof and the Plein (near the Dutch government buildings) in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Saturday, January 12, beginning at ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the inner city of The Hague, the Binnenhof and the Plein (near the Dutch government buildings) in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Saturday, January 5, beginning at approximately 10:00 am and lasting until approximately 7:00 ... Read More»

We are looking for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow for 2019!

“Make a short video in English to participate in our competition to earn a nomination for a prestigious youth program in the United States during the summer of 2019.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow for 2019!  Are you Dutch and will you be 16 or 17 years old ... Read More»

English version of Ambassador Hoekstra’s opinion piece on Nord Stream 2

December 19- This week De Telegraaf newspaper published an opinion piece by Ambassador Hoekstra about Nord Stream 2 entitled: “Don’t give the Russians power over your gas.” Below is the original English version. Last week the United States Congress passed a bipartisan resolution asking our European allies to take a very important action:  reject the ... Read More»

Kick-off Coffee encourages entrepreneurs to apply for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, December 17, 2018 –  Ambassador Hoekstra joined MFA Director General for Foreign Economic Relations Hanneke Schuiling for a kick-off coffee to mark the global launch of the 2019 GES online application portal for entrepreneurs in Amsterdam.  The event was held at Café Dauphine, which is located in the same building as ... Read More»

Apply for our Youth Action Council – Deadline Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Are you 17-23 years old, (socially) entrepreneurial, and a team player? Do you want to make a positive contribution to society, while strengthening the Dutch-American relationship? Are you a hard worker, looking to further develop your professional skills and your network? Then we might be looking for you! The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands is ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, and good morning. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate them. Just two days ago, the head of the IRGC’s airspace division, Amir Hajizadeh, boasted that Iran is capable of building missiles with a ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra engages with students of the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam

Fifteen-year-old Just Pallandt, initiated a high-profile visit by inviting Ambassador Pete Hoekstra to the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam. The Ambassador spoke to a group of 140 students from this secondary school about his personal background, the strong relations between the Netherlands and the United States, economic and security challenges we are facing, and the upcoming ... Read More»

Security Alert: heightened security measures during holidays throughout Europe, including the Netherlands 

Security Alert: U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands (December 10, 2018) Location: Throughout Europe, including the Netherlands Event: During the holiday season security measures in Europe, including the Netherlands, remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such ... Read More»

Speakers Share Bipartisan Views on 2018 Midterm Elections

Visiting speakers Darius Baxter and Frank Luntz provided bipartisan perspectives on the 2018 Midterms in programs on December 6 and 7 in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and The Hague. Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. He is one of the most influential pollsters in American politics, in fact more media ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – The Hague, Saturday, December 8

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the inner city of The Hague, the Binnenhof and the Plein (near the Dutch government buildings) in The Hague, Netherlands. Event:  Demonstration expected to take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 beginning at approximately 10:00 am and lasting until approximately 11:00 pm.  A ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo: Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today. It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, to get a chance to make a set of remarks ... Read More»

Message: National Day of Mourning in Honor of President George H. W. Bush. Closure of U.S. Embassy The Hague and U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam

Message for U.S. Citizens – National Day of Mourning in Honor of President George H. W. Bush. Closure of U.S. Embassy in The Hague and U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (December 4, 2018) Location: The Netherlands Event: As the Nation mourns the loss of President George H. W. Bush, President Trump has taken ... Read More»

Signing of the Condolence Registries

In honor of the memory of former President George H.W. Bush, condolence registries will be opened for those wishing to show their respect. Signing opportunities at the Embassy of the United States of America, John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar, will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and Thursday December 6, 2018, from 10:00 – ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Hanukkah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2018 Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah. For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah. This special tradition started more than ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

A Proclamation from the Office of the President December 1, 2018 –  It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest ... Read More»

Statement from President Trump & the First Lady on Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 – A statement from the Office of the President Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his ... Read More»

Road2USA and Canada event in Tilburg

On November 26, 2018, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley gave opening remarks at the Road2USA and Canada event, which was organized by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The event was held at the Willem II Stadium in Tilburg and promoted doing business in the United States and ... Read More»

Thanksgiving in De Pieterskerk

November 22, 2018 – Some of the Pilgrims left Leiden in the Netherlands for their long and fateful trip to the New World in 1620. Many of them worshipped at the Pieterskerk in Leiden. Some of the traditions of a Thanksgiving feast are said to have come with the Pilgrims from the Netherlands, perhaps learned ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Safety and Security

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 21, 2018) Location: The Netherlands   Event: The U.S. Mission to the Netherlands reminds all U.S. Citizens to practice sound, common-sense safety and security measures as we enjoy this holiday season.  The holiday season and darkness of winter create opportunities for would-be burglars and thieves.  Please follow good security ... Read More»

Marine Ball 2018

November 17, 2018 – The U.S. Marine Security Guards marked the occasion of the 243rd anniversary of the forming of the United States Marine Corps at the Okura Hotel Amsterdam. Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley was Guest of Honor and the guest speaker was General Jeff Mac Mootry, the Commandant of the Netherlands Marines. Below are ... Read More»

Transatlantic educational exchange celebrated at Fulbright Thanksgiving reception

During International Education Week , the Netherlands Fulbright Alumni Association and the U.S. Embassy The Hague organized an early Thanksgiving event for Fulbright alumni at the Ambassador’s Residence. The fifty guests had a lovely evening which started off with speeches by Public Affairs Counselor Sherry Keneson-Hall and Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored ... Read More»

U.S. and Dutch officials join in New York to launch the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

November 15 – New York, New York Ambassador Pete Hoekstra , Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy Michael Kratsios joined together in New York City to launch the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).  The location was fitting given the more than 400 years of friendship between the Dutch and American people began in the city once known as New Amsterdam. This will be the first ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, November 15 and U.S. Embassy The Hague, November 16

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands November 14, 2018 Location:  Demonstrations at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam and the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands. Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam and Friday, November 16, ... Read More»

Walking Dinner for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Offers Networking Opportunities

November 13 – Ambassador Hoekstra co-hosted the third annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Dinner together with Ms. Carine de Meyere, the Dutch Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.  De Meyer is the Director of Partnerships for TEDxAmsterdamWomen . Around 25 high-level women entrepreneurs and business leaders from a broad range of fields joined the hosts for a presentation by Lotte Leufkens, ... Read More»

Honoring the fallen on Veterans’ Day Weekend at the Commonwealth Remembrance Day Service

November 11, 2018 Westduin Cemetery, The Hague – Each year a service his held for Commonwealth Remembrance Day in The Hague to honor the sacrifices of the Commonwealth forces in the First and Second World Wars. The ceremony was hosted by British Ambassador Peter Wilson who spoke on the importance of remembering those who died so others might ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra’s Statement on Iran Sanctions

Statement from the Ambassador – November 9, 2018 On November 4, the United States reintroduced expanded sanctions on the Iranian regime.  U.S. sanctions are aimed at deterring Iran’s behavior and driving Iran back to the negotiating table.  These actions continue efforts started by the Trump Administration to put into place a framework to prevent Iran ... Read More»

Historic helmet donated to the U.S. Embassy

Ambassador Hoekstra was presented Friday with the helmet of an unknown fallen World War II U.S. Army soldier. It was donated by a Dutch historian, who recovered the helmet from an Operation Market Garden drop zone near Nijmegen. Despite advances in DNA technology, there was no identifiable traces on the helmet that allowed for identifying ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Amsterdam, Saturday, November 10, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 9, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to the Dam Square and the Museumplein (in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Event:  Demonstration expected to take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 beginning at approximately 1:00 ... Read More»

Lions Club Wassenaar organizes annual dinner at the U.S. Embassy

On November 5, 2018, the brand new U.S. Embassy opened its doors to 125 representatives of the Wassenaar service club community: the Ladies Circle , the Soroptimists , the Round Table , three Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs . In the presence of Wassenaar’s Mayor, Mr. Frank Koen, the evening was opened by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. He welcomed all the guests and emphasized the ... Read More»

Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat visits the Netherlands

Last week, Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat of the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF) of Baltimore, Maryland, visited the Netherlands. In Rotterdam, The Hague, and Amsterdam, he provided insights into successful interfaith and cross-cultural exchanges to Dutch educational, community and religious leaders, as well as students, based on his religious expertise, CECF’s groundbreaking work with youth, and his 10-plus years of travel all ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Is Reimposing All Sanctions Lifted Under the Unacceptable Iran Deal

“The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda.” President Donald J. Trump November 2, 2018 REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting many of the corrupt regime’s critical sectors. On November ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2018

October 31, 2018 Since the founding of our Nation, generations of Americans have drawn upon every last measure of grit and determination to push the limits of human knowledge, invention, and capability. Our Nation thrives today because bold entrepreneurs and innovators had vision and drive, stopping at nothing to realize their dreams. This intrepid spirit, ... Read More»

Media Note: Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Minsk, Vilnius, and The Hague

Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Minsk, Vilnius, and The Hague Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 29, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to: Minsk, Belarus; Vilnius, Lithuania; and The Hague, the Netherlands from October 30 to November 2. On October 30, he ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – issued October 27, 2018 As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits Eindhoven

On October 24, Ambassador Hoekstra visited the city of Eindhoven , the Netherlands’ fifth largest city. Located in the province of North Brabant, Eindhoven is known as a technology and design hub. The Ambassador began with a visit to the DAF Trucks operations and touring the facility. Ambassador Hoekstra learned more about “Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek” – now called DAF ... Read More»

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy

Op-Ed Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Foreign Affairs October 15, 2018 The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of nonstate actors. But equally daunting has been the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra gives a guest lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam

By the invitation of Dr Julian Emami Namini,  Ambassador Hoekstra spoke at the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s School of Economics on the recent developments in the Dutch and EU economic relationship with the United States. A large and engaged group of students asked the Ambassador questions concerning trade, tariffs, and other economic issues. There were about 500 students in attendance. Erasmus University ... Read More»

U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Disinformation Operations

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 4, 2018 U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Related Influence and Disinformation Operations Conspirators Included a Russian Intelligence “Close Access” Hacking Team that Traveled Abroad to Compromise Computer Networks Used by Anti-Doping and Sporting Officials and Organizations Investigating Russia’s Use ... Read More»

We’re here for you: information booth and presentation for U.S. Citizens this Sunday at the Expat Fair

This Sunday, October 7th, representatives from the U.S. Consulate General will be present at the Expat Fair held at the Beurs van Berlage (Damrak 243) in Amsterdam. They are available for questions on U.S. Citizen services from 10:00-17:00. Presentation: we’re here for you (13:30-14:00, Red Room) From 13:30 to 14:00 we will give a presentation ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Media Concerning the ICJ Decision

October 3, 2018 – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo gave remarks in the press briefing room at the Department of State. Here are his remarks regarding yesterday’s events in The Hague. “… let me turn to the ICJ ruling from today. I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with ... Read More»

DHS Assistant Secretary for Cyber Affairs Speaks at the One Conference on Cyber Security

October 2 – Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cyber Jeanette Manfra emphasized the importance of collective cyber defense at the One Conference in The Hague.  She said “Cyber security is more than a shared responsibility. We have to defend it collectively as allies.” The One Conference is an international cyber security conference and this year’s theme was ‘Merging Worlds – ... Read More»

First Tech Sister Cities event in Eindhoven a great success.

On September 12 and 13, Dispatches Europe organized its first Tech Sister Cities event in Eindhoven, sponsored by U.S. Embassy The Hague. American investor Jonathan Blue, founder and chairman of Blue Equity, met with many representatives of Eindhoven’s tech and entrepreneurial communities. The main event, Mr. Blue’s talk called “Eyes Wide Open – How American Investors ... Read More»

Reception celebrates new Art in Residence collection

September 26 – Ambassador Hoekstra hosted a reception to launch the Art in Residence collection at his home in The Hague. The works include 10 pieces from the United States, featuring several artists from Michigan. The other five pieces are by Dutch artists including two pieces on loan from Frisian artist Claudy Jongstra, a Jan ... Read More»

Celebrating the power of exchanges

At two events this week, Ambassador Pete Hoekstra celebrated the U.S. Department of State’s exchange programs with alumni who participated as long ago as the 1970s to as recently as earlier this year. From Fulbright to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and from the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) to Women2Women (W2W), the Transatlantic ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 25, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO THE 73RD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I ... Read More»

Crowds honor the memory of those who fought in Operation Market Garden

September 21-23 — Despite heavy rains, thousands showed up to pay their respects this weekend at events in honor of Operation Market Garden.  On Friday, Ambassador Hoekstra laid a wreath in Airborneplein in Arnhem to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden. Thousands of Dutch came out to pay their respects ... Read More»

Ambassador learns about innovation and business in North-Brabant

September 17- Ambassador Hoekstra visited the Province of North-Brabant to learn about this innovative region and to visit some of the businesses located there.  He had lunch at the Provincie Huis with King’s Commissioner Wim van de Donk, Vice-Governor Bert Pauli, and others.  They discussed the drive and motivation that make the province a unique climate for ... Read More»

Supreme Allied Commander General Scaparrotti joins Ambassador at World War II commemoration events

September 16 and 17 – U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti joined Ambassador Hoekstra at remembrance ceremonies honoring the events of Operation Market Garden and the liberation of the south of the Netherlands in September 1944.  Scaparrotti is the Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).  The two first toured Operation Market Garden ... Read More»

Dutch sign contract with United States to modernize fleet of Apaches

On September 14, Ambassador Hoekstra joined Principal Director of Security Assistance at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Michèle Hizon, and Dutch State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser at Gilze-Rijen Air Base for a signing ceremony. Dutch and U.S. officials signed a contract to modernize the Dutch fleet of 28 Apache helicopters. To date, the Dutch fleet has been used ... Read More»

Remembering those lost in the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Embassy staff gathered for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11 and their families.  The flag was flown at half staff to mark the somber anniversary. Ambassador Hoekstra attended the annual memorial ceremony organized by Overseas Americans Remember.  He gave remarks at the ceremony that allowed people to come together to ... Read More»

Fact sheet: Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from the International Criminal Court

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: September 10, 2018 “America is a sovereign Nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens.” Donald J. Trump President of the United States SAFEGUARDING AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump is committed to defending our national sovereignty and security interests. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an international ... Read More»

Statement Regarding the Attack on U.S. Citizens in Amsterdam

Press Statement September 5, 2018- The U.S. citizens injured in the attack at Amsterdam Central Station on August 31 would like to thank some of the people who have helped them through this difficult ordeal.  First, they thank the Dutch police for their quick and professional actions.  The victims said the police have been empathetic ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 3, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok about the August 31 attack in Amsterdam Central Station that injured two U.S. citizens. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the quick response of Dutch ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 02, 2018)

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 02, 2018) Location: The Netherlands (Country Wide) Event: On Friday, August 31, an assailant attacked two U.S. citizens with a knife at Amsterdam Centraal Station. The Dutch authorities were very quick to respond, using force to end the attack and taking the suspect into police custody. Dutch authorities have ... Read More»

Statement by Department of State Spokesperson: Attack on American Citizens in Amsterdam

September 2, 2018 STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Attack on American Citizens in Amsterdam The Department of State extends its concern and support for two U.S. citizens injured in an attack Friday in Amsterdam. We ask that all parties respect the privacy of the victims and their families at this difficult ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Hoekstra: Attack at Amsterdam Centraal Station

Press Statement Pete Hoekstra Ambassador September 1, 2018 I want to express my support to those who were attacked at Amsterdam Centraal Station yesterday. We are aware that both victims were U.S. citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in touch with them or their families. We wish them a speedy recovery and are working ... Read More»

Security Alert: Centraal Station, Amsterdam

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, Netherlands (August 31, 2018) Location: Centraal Station, Amsterdam Event: Amsterdam Police reported a security incident at Centraal Station in Amsterdam. The incident is over, a suspect has been taken into custody, and the station has reopened. Actions to Take: Avoid active investigation sites in the area of Centraal Station. Notify friends and family ... Read More»

101 year old World War II veterans share stories of liberating the Netherlands

World War II veterans Captain Roy Hanna and Lieutenant Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas visited the Embassy August 30 for a question and answer session with the Embassy staff.  This was one of many trips the men have made to the Netherlands, but they focused on the first time they entered the country in September of ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra and Mayor Koen tour Wassenaar

American Ambassador Pete Hoekstra had a special tour of the municipality of Wassenaar on August 29, at the invitation of Acting Mayor J.F. Koen. Their tour began at the Wassenaar town hall building, De Paauw, where they discussed the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the new Embassy in Wassenaar, and the amenities that the municipality has ... Read More»

Presidential Message on the 55th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” Speech

August 28, 2018 Today, our Nation commemorates 55 years since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March for Jobs and Freedom, and spoke passionately for his dream of equality and justice for all. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King addressed a sea of marchers ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Senator John Sidney McCain III

August 27, 2018 As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the ... Read More»

Statement on U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO August 27, 2018 Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague on an application for provisional measures in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, ... Read More»

Remembering the Dutch victims of World War II in Asia

On August 15, 2018, Ambassador Hoekstra laid a wreath on behalf of the United States at remembrance ceremony to commemorate the Japanese surrender and to remember the Dutch victims of World War II in Asia. Wreaths were laid at the Indisch Monument in The Hague by dignitaries including Prime Minister Rutte, survivors, and people with ... Read More»

Unveiling of a new bronze bust of Eleanor Roosevelt in Middelburg

On August 6, 2018, Laura and Trudy Roosevelt, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, unveiled a bronze bust of Laura’s grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt in the Abbey of Middelburg to mark the seventieth anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. The province of Zeeland wanted the bust to be placed in the ... Read More»

Amsterdam Pride walk

Around 50 staff members and their families from the U.S. Embassy in The Hague and the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam participated in the Amsterdam Pride Walk on July 28, 2018. The U.S. Mission in the Netherlands loves joining the people of Amsterdam in celebrating Pride and we reaffirm the United States’ commitment to protecting and ... Read More»

Expanding the Reach of the Dutch Caucus

During his recent visit to the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten, Ambassador Hoekstra discussed including the islands in the work of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands.  Ambassador Hoekstra was a founding chairman of the caucus during his time in the U.S. Congress as the Representative for Michigan’s Second District. This week Congressman Bill Huizenga ... Read More»

2000 dancers gather from 24 countries to celebrate ‘Uniquely American’ pastime

The 10th European Square Dance Convention is taking place in Amsterdam July 20-22. The weekend is a gathering of members of the European Association of American Square Dancing Clubs ( EAASDC). Three Dutch clubs (the Tulip Twirlers, Rainbow Strollers, and the Motiveters) organized the event along with Maarten and Wil Weijers. This is the first time the event has been ... Read More»

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx leading the U.S. delegation at the 22nd International AIDS Conference

MEDIA NOTE – July 20, 2018 Ambassador Deborah L. Birx Travel to Amsterdam Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, is on travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands from July 20-27, leading the U.S. delegation to the 22nd International AIDS Conference. While in Amsterdam, Ambassador Birx will provide ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Dutch Caribbean; focuses on common links and building future relationships

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the Dutch-Caribbean islands of Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten July 14 to July 19. Through meetings with officials and exploration of local cultural and educational sites, his visit underscored the strength of the shared values between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. U.S. Consulate General Curaçao helped to ... Read More»

Dutch sign contract for MQ-9 Reapers

On July 17, 2018, the Netherlands signed a contract with the United States to purchase four MQ-9 Reapers, as well as associated ground stations, sensors, and operational support.  During a ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, Vice Admiral Jan de Waard, the director of the Netherlands’ Defense Materiel Organization, and Lt. General Charles Hooper, head of ... Read More»

Read: Department of State spokesperson addresses MH17 during daily press briefing

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2018 EXCERPT FROM TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: … Does the U.S. Government still stand by its previous statements and positions that – in support of the Dutch investigation team that held that Russia was responsible for downing it? MS NAUERT: We certainly do. The United States Government has long ... Read More»

Joint Statement From G7 Foreign Ministers on MH17

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2018 The G7 foreign ministers today issued the following statement in advance of the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison ahead of NATO summit

Kay Bailey Hutchison U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO NATO Press Briefing July 10, 2018   Ambassador Hutchison gave remarks at a press engagement on July 10 in Brussels ahead of the NATO summit to highlight NATO priorities.  Here is an excerpt:   “I am very encouraged by the work that’s been done not only over ... Read More»

Creating the perfect little dish using U.S. dried fruits and tree nuts

U.S. Dried Fruits and Tree Nuts Recipe Book   (In Dutch and English)  (PDF 1 MB) The popularity of nuts and dried fruits in the Netherlands is rising. One of the largest exporters of almonds, pistachios and walnuts to the Dutch market are the United States. Besides that, the U.S. is the largest supplier of cranberries and (dried) plums to the Netherlands. On ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates the American Road Trip on Independence Day

U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra hosted the celebration of the 242nd year of America’s independence at the John Adams Park in Wassenaar, the new location of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. The reception celebrated the American road trip, by displaying a selection of classic American cars and a Route 66 theme. We thank all of ... Read More»

Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2018 Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte President Donald J. Trump welcomed Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House yesterday. Both leaders note the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Rutte of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Before Bilateral Meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 2, 2018 Oval Office PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. That’s the official title. PRIME MINISTER RUTTE: Absolutely. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Sounds very elegant and beautiful. But ... Read More»

The United States and the Netherlands Sign Defense Agreement

Ambassadors Pete Hoekstra and Henne Schuwer signed a Chapeau Agreement Establishing a Framework for bilateral Defense Cooperation Activities. With this agreement, the Netherlands and the United States strengthen cooperation between the two countries on military equipment and operations. The agreement involves exchanging military personnel, such as pilots, liaison officers, and technicians, as well as exchanging information about new ... Read More»

Statement by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the OPCW

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN SULLIVAN AT THE FOURTH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE STATES PARTIES JUNE 26, 2018 ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONSTHE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS Director General Űzümcü, Chairperson Bellouki, it is an honor to join you today at this special session to address the current crisis resulting from the appalling ... Read More»

Operation “Atlantic Resolve” arrives at the Port of Rotterdam

More than 65 Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division, are on their way to Eindhoven after arriving in Rotterdam from Texas on June 20, 2018. The helicopters, from Fort Carson, Colo., will team up with 1,700 troops as part of Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing mission to show the U.S. commitment to the ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

Issued on: June 18, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 2, 2018. President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and the Netherlands, which reach back over four hundred years. The President and Prime ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra unveils moon rock at the Museon Science Museum in The Hague

Together with Dutch astronaut  André Kuipers,  Ms. Christine van der Sman, director of  Museon , and former Deputy Mayor of The Hague Karsten Klein, unveiled a special moon rock in the Museon science museum in The Hague. The moon rock was collected by NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. The stone is 3.8 billion years old and ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos visits the Netherlands

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos , travelled to the Netherlands for an official program on June 11-12, as the second stop on a three country trip to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, to explore the vocational education, decentralized school systems, and apprenticeship programs within Europe. Her visit to the Netherlands, planned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamations Regarding Adjusting Imports of Aluminum and Steel

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 President Trump released two proclamations today adjusting imports of aluminum and steel into the United States.  Please read the full text of the Presidential proclamations at the links below. For the full text of the proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum click ... Read More»

Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2018

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra delivered remarks and handed out awards at the annual Fulbright Award Ceremony in Leiden. Out of a pool of Dutch applicants, nine PhD candidates and eight graduate students were selected to participate in the internationally renowned program. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar program is an American scholarship administered jointly with the ... Read More»

Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans and active duty service members

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten is always emotional.  The ceremony is held among the names of 10,023 service men and women buried or honored in the cemetery.  Those service members died in World War II during the liberation of Europe.  Ambassador Pete Hoekstra spoke at the ceremony of ... Read More»

America-Europe Friendship Association Dinner

Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley America-Europe Friendship Association Dinner Saturday, May 26, 2018 Distinguished members of the America-Europe Friendship Association, Captain Louie, Secretary Claes, Arthur and Josie, ladies, and gentlemen: It is wonderful for Sabine and I to be here this evening.  Tonight we celebrate the American and Allied servicemen who liberated Europe in ... Read More»

Fallen soldiers honored on Memorial Day weekend in Margraten

Each Memorial Day weekend, thousands of visitors travel to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten to honor the Americans killed in World War II. On Saturday, American children from the local Boy and Girl Scout troops,  as well as other volunteers, spent several hours planting U.S. and Dutch flags on each of the 8,301 graves. ... Read More»

Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2018 We strongly support the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Flight #17 (MH-17) over eastern Ukraine and the horrific deaths of 298 civilians. It is time for Russia to ... Read More»

Statement on the JIT findings presented by Dutch Public Prosecutor on MH17

May 24, 2018 The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk. Today’s announcement confirms and adds ... Read More»

WWII jump boots recovered

In a short ceremony hosted by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, jump boots belonging to 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Humphrey were returned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Humphrey was killed in action in September 1944 during Operation Market Garden and was buried in Kansas City. His boots remained lost until ... Read More»

Ambassador and team complete famous 235 kilometer bike race

Ambassador Hoekstra led a four-person Embassy team to complete the 11 city bike race called the Fietselfstedentocht on May 21.  For more than 100 years the Province of Friesland has hosted the bike race.  More than 15,000 participants ride 235 kilometers through the province.  This was Ambassador Hoekstra’s third time completing the race.  The Embassy team ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Dutch Foreign Minister Blok

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on May 18, in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Blok for Dutch support in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali, and for the Netherlands’ ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Amsterdam, Saturday, May 19

U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (May 18, 2018) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Dam Square Museumplein Event: A marching demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday, May 19, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  A Pro-Palestinian group will assemble at ... Read More»

Symposium “Anne & Emmett”

The U.S. Embassy in The Hague hosted a symposium May 16 to discuss tolerance, discrimination, and freedom in relation to the play Anne & Emmett. The play, written by symposium panelist Janet Langhart Cohen, details a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till in a town called Memory. The play has its Dutch debut May ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits Gouda and Oudewater

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the towns of Gouda and Oudewater on May 7, 2018. In Gouda he first visited  the  Driestar College where he met with students and administrators. He then went to Driestar Educatief to speak with administrators about the Dutch educational system and school choice. He was invited to join Mayor Milo Schoenmaker for lunch ... Read More»

Student Visa Tour visits TU Delft

Deputy Consul General Pamela Hack met with TU Delft students Monday afternoon as part of the Consulate’s spring tour to highlight educational opportunities in the United States and explain the student visa application process.  In addition to TU Delft, consular staff will meet with students in  Amsterdam and Leiden this week.  To learn more about applying for ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (May 3, 2018)

Location: The Netherlands Event: The U.S. Government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings. In the past, they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  (Laughter.)  We can say many years, and maybe many decades.  It’s going to be a fantastic start, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra speaks at “Faces of Margraten”

On May 2, 2018, Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited the Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten to commemorate the fallen and missing men and women who helped in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II and to show support for “ The Faces of Margraten ” initiative. He was joined by Theo Bovens, the King’s Commissioner of the Province of Limburg, and Dieudonné Akkermans, ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Koningsdag in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC April 26, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on his fifth celebration of Koningsdag, and extend my best wishes to the people of the Netherlands on this joyous occasion. For more than ... Read More»

Marshall Plan Symposium highlights importance of transatlantic ties

On April 26, we concluded a year of programs celebrating the Marshall Plan 70th anniversary with a symposium in Rotterdam at the Hotel New York. On April 26, 1948, the MS Noordam arrived in the city of Rotterdam with the first load of Marshall Plan aid. Our symposium featured remarks by Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb, Ambassador ... Read More»

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Secretary of State Pompeo

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State Issued on: April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will ... Read More»

Emergency preparedness training at U.S. Embassy Wassenaar, April 26, 2018

As part of routine emergency preparedness planning, the U.S. Embassy will be training with counterparts from the Dutch emergency services today, April 26. Dutch emergency vehicles and equipment will be present at the U.S. Embassy to ensure all sides know how to best work together in the event of an emergency. U.S. Embassies around the world ... Read More»

Michigan and the Netherlands sign MOU to promote automotive innovation

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer spoke before a group of automotive industry experts, Dutch and American business people, and government officials at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Netherlands and the State of Michigan on April 25 ... Read More»

The “Faces of Margraten” honored at Dutch-American Friendship Day 2018

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR). Ambassador Hoekstra delivered brief remarks and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Sebastiaan Vonk of the “Faces of Margraten” organization. He received the award for his commitment to the memory of the American soldiers who are commemorated at the Netherlands American ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands April 20, 2018

Location: Announced gathering points include the following neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Museumplein Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on Friday, April 20, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.  The group “Freedom for Mumia” will assemble at the Museumplein in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General. Police will be present ... Read More»

Turnover of the Dutch pulses industry grew to a record high turnover of 65 million euros in 2017!

The trend to eat more vegetables is reflected in the sales figures of pulses. Sales of dried beans, peas and lentils have increased by 25 percent since 2014 and are now good for a total turnover of more than 65 million euro. The market has grown due to product innovations, especially in the field of ... Read More»

Statement on toxic chemical used in the Salisbury attack

STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR KENNETH D. WARD Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW at the Fifty-Ninth Meeting of the Executive Council EC-M-59 — AS DELIVERED April 18, 2018 Mr. Chairman, Mr. Director-General, distinguished ambassadors and delegates, It is extraordinarily troubling that we find ourselves together again this week to discuss ... Read More»

Joint U.S. – UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

April 16, 2018 Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. The targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, ... Read More»

Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

On April 16, 2018, Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the OPCW, addressed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council in The Hague to raise U.S. concerns about Russia tampering in the Douma investigation.  Full text of his remarks at  https://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/280509.htm  Read More»

American WWI sacrifices remembered in new book launched today at Museum Huis Doorn

Museum Huis Doorn and Friends of Romagne 14-18 (Stichting Vrienden van Romagne 14-18) held an event In Doorn on April 14 as part of their World War I Centennial.  They presented Public Affairs Officer Sherry Keneson-Hall with the first copy of a new book entitled The Road to Romagne: An American heritage of the First World ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra explores his roots at official visit to the Province of Fryslân

Ambassador Hoekstra travelled to Friesland April 11 and 12, to strengthen cooperation between the Mission and the province. The Ambassador participated in a handful of political and cultural events over the duration of his stay. He met with the King’s Commissioner to Friesland Arno Brok in Leeuwarden, where they discussed the economic and historic relationship ... Read More»

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Night in the Abdijkerk Loosduinen

April 4, 2018 – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. King, a special evening of commemoration, organized by volunteers, was held at the Abdijkerk in Loosduinen , the oldest church in The Hague. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was guest of honor for the commemoration. The evening was filled with video, choir songs, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits Bier&cO in Amsterdam

On April 3, 2018 Ambassador Hoekstra visited Bier&cO in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s leading importers of U.S. craft beer. Here, the Ambassador and the staff of Bier&cO had a round table discussion about the market for craft beer. Stephanie Heijning category manager at Albert Heijn informed the Ambassador about the attractive and innovative packaging of craft ... Read More»

American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) hosts welcome dinner honoring the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra

On March 27, 2018, the Rotterdam Chapter of the AmCham hosted a welcome dinner on board the SS Rotterdam to honor the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra. Among the guests were members of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation consisting of Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman John “Judge” Carter, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congressman ... Read More»

2 Simple Steps for U.S. Citizens Overseas to Vote from Anywhere

Life can take you lots of places. And you can vote from all of them. Here’s how: First, register and request your ballot. Go to FVAP.gov to fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office as soon as possible to meet voter registration deadlines in October (or earlier ... Read More»

Press release: Official Opening Ceremony of the U.S. Embassy The Hague, the Netherlands

UNITED STATES EMBASSY THE HAGUE For Immediate Release March 26, 2018 _________________________________________________________________________________ Official Opening Ceremony of the U.S. Embassy The Hague, the Netherlands The U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that today it was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar. Today’s ceremony ... Read More»

Festive Ceremony Marks Official Opening of New U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands

The U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that today it was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar.  The ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Peter Hoekstra and included officials from the Department of State, a five-member bi-partisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, the Minister of Social ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra addresses APEP group going on study tour to the U.S.

On March 20, 2018, Ambassador Hoekstra met with Dutch financial experts from the mortgage, real-estate, and banking sectors to discuss general trends in the U.S. economy and U.S.- Dutch economic priorities. This Dutch delegation will be traveling to Miami and New York in April for a study program through the Atlantic and Pacific Exchange Program (APEP). This year’s program with the ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra visits Voorlinden museum and gardens

March 21, 2018 – Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife, Diane visited the Voorlinden Museum and Gardens to familiarize themselves with the American Embassy’s new neighbor. The Voorlinden is an influential local museum that connects people, art, nature, and architecture. Established in 2016, the museum showcases modern and contemporary art and wants to be “an oasis of tranquility in the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Amsterdam Sunday, March 18

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, (March 15, 2018) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Dam Square Museumplein Event: Demonstration expected to take place on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.  The group’s focus is on issues related to the March ... Read More»

American expert talks about digital information warfare

On March 14, 2018, journalists, professors, diplomats, and members of the Dutch parliament gathered at the American Embassy to listen to and participate in discussions around three presentations on digital information warfare. On the panel were Dr. Rand Waltzman, Dr. Peter Burger, and Tim Sweijs. Dr. Waltzman is a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND ... Read More»

Message for U.S. citizens: Passport fee increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Amsterdam Wednesday, March 14

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 13, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Waterlooplein Museumplein Event:  Demonstration expected to take place on Wednesday, March 14, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.  Dutch Teaching Unions intend to conduct a march and demonstration focused ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Amsterdam Sunday, March 11

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (March 9, 2018) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Museumplein Waterlooplein Event: Demonstration expected to take place on Sunday, March 11 beginning at 1:30p.m. and ending at 5:00p.m. The group Pegida (“Patriotic Europeans Against the ... Read More»

Amsterdam Power Outages

Police report that nearly 30,000 homes in Amsterdam are without power due to a construction accident.  The U.S. Consulate General is also without power and all consular services and events for this afternoon, March 9, are cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please note that traffic and tram lines have been affected. Please follow our ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra learns of innovations and opportunities in Groningen

March 6-7 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra visited his birthplace – the city of Groningen. His two-day journey offered a nostalgic look at the city where his parents lived, but also included briefings and meetings with officials, local businesses, universities, and institutes to learn about the innovative opportunities in the northern city. The Ambassador visited ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra hands over key of old embassy to Mayor Krikke of The Hague

March 5, 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was delighted to hand over the key for the old U.S. Embassy at the Lange Voorhout to Mayor Pauline Krikke of Gemeente Den Haag, who promised to give the building a good second life. For nearly 60 years, from 1959 until 2018, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague ... Read More»

Women2Women International Leadership Program 2018

“Let us know why you should participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program 2018 in the U.S. and maybe you’ll be selected to participate.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for young women (ages 15-19) who want to participate in the Women2Women International Leadership Program, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on July 19-28, ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra hosts 10 participants of the third IMC Weekend School’s “Ambassador’s Training” program

February 16, 2018 – Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife Diane hosted 10 participants of the third IMC Weekend School’s “Ambassador’s Training” program at their Residence for a meeting and dinner. The IMC Weekend School, organizes extracurricular Sunday lessons for high-potential school children in underprivileged communities throughout the Netherlands. It currently has ten branches. During a ... Read More»

Ambassador Hoekstra speech at the Commemoration of the bombing of Nijmegen

February 22, 2018 Dank u wel. Ik wil u allereerst mijn excuses aanbieden. Ik wil deze toespraak heel graag in het Nederlands houden, ondanks dat mijn Nederlandse uitspraak nog niet perfect is, maar ik werk er aan. Burgemeester Bruls, collega’s van het corps diplomatique, overlevenden, verwanten van de slachtoffers, dames en heren, beste kinderen, ik ... Read More»

DEA, Dutch law enforcement continue attack on dark web drug sales with “knock and talks” in U.S. and the Netherlands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DEA, Dutch law enforcement continue attack on dark web drug sale International day of action includes knock and talks with suspected dark web drug buyers; Information produced from Hansa takedown THE HAGUE – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Dutch law enforcement officials today announced sustained action against drug trafficking on the dark web, ... Read More»

As of February 1, 2018, KLM is now part of TSA Pre✓®.

Passengers on KLM flights departing participating US airports will start to see TSA Pre✓® on their boarding passes and can now use the TSA Pre✓® lines.   TSA Pre✓® expands to include 5 additional domestic and international airlines Expedited screening now available through 47 air carriers National Press Release Thursday, February 1, 2018 https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2018/02/01/tsa-precheck-expands-include-5-additional-domestic-and-international-airlines WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration ... Read More»

Ambassador hosts religious leaders in honor of National Religious Freedom Day

Ambassador Pete Hoekstra and his wife Diane, invited faith leaders and experts in the field of religious freedom in the Netherlands to a lunch on February 8, in honor of National Religious Freedom Day.  Leaders from various faiths discussed religious tolerance in the Netherlands and other relevant international religious freedom issues.  The dialogue provided a ... Read More»

Full text of President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

  January 30, 2018 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People ... Read More»

Security Alert from U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands

January 26, 2018 Location: Grote Wittenburgerstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands Event: Police reported a shooting by an unidentified individual in the evening of Friday, January 26, leaving one person dead and two injured. Police are continuing their investigation but believe the incident to be criminal in nature. The shooter is reportedly still at large. Actions to Take: ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Amsterdam, Saturday January 27

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General, Amsterdam (January 26, 2018) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Museumplein City Hall Event: A demonstration and march by Koerdische Gemeenschap Amsterdam (Kurdish Community Amsterdam) is expected to take place on Saturday, January 27 between 3 p.m. ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Anne Frank House

Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife Diane visited the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam recently.  Director Ronald Leopold explained his organization’s educational mission and talked about the renovations being made to the building that houses The Secret Annex where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for more than two years during World War ... Read More»

Performance celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Tonight Gershwin Bonevacia and Frank Sheppard performed an original piece written by Paulette Smit and directed by John Leerdam at De Nieuwe Kerk as part of the “We Have a Dream: Gandhi, King, Mandela” exhibit. The performance honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on his birthday with words, song, and photographs. Ambassador ... Read More»

Peter Hoekstra officially becomes U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

On Wednesday, January 10, Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander to officially become the 67th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was driven to Paleis Noordeinde in a ceremonial state coach accompanied by his wife Diane. Upon arrival at the palace, the Ambassador inspected the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Wilem Friso, which played the ... Read More»

Address of the New U.S. Embassy The Hague

NOTE: Consular Services (American Citizen Services. Visa Services) remain at the U.S. Consulate General at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. The U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands will be moving to a new location in John Adams Park in Wassenaar. It will be open on January 29, 2018. Embassy phone numbers will remain the same. To contact us call:  +31 70 ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam January 2, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of ... Read More»

Do you want to become a youth leader & spend 4 weeks in the U.S.? Participate in the BFTF competition!

“Make a short video in English to participate in our competition to earn a nomination for a prestigious youth program in the United States during the summer of 2018.” U.S. Embassy The Hague is looking for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow for 2018!  Are you Dutch and will you be 16 or 17 years old ... Read More»

Soldiers honor WWII tradition with Christmas Eve in the caves of Maastricht

  Soliders from the U.S. Army participated in the annual mass honoring the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by American soldiers in 1944. For the second year, CDA Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine represented the U. States Mission. December 24th, 1944, the Dutch Brothers of the Immaculate Conception organized a Christmas Eve Mass in the ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2017 ________________________________ The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting ... Read More»

U.S. and Dutch celebrate signing ceremony for Chinook Modernization

CDA Shawn Crowley and others from the Embassy’s Foreign Commercial Service and Office of Defense Cooperation attend the signing ceremony for the Chinook Helicopter CH47 Modernization at Gilze Rijen Air Base. The ceremony was attended by officials from Boeing and the Dutch Ministries of Defense, Finance, and Economic Affairs.  The ceremony celebrated the Dutch government’s decision to modernize six CH47 helicopters. During the ... Read More»

Ambassador-designate Peter Hoekstra sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence performed the ceremony to swear in Peter Hoekstra as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in Washington, DC on December 11.  The Vice President congratulated the Holland, Michigan native on Twitter, noting that he knew from serving with Hoekstra in the Congress that “there’s no better man to be in the Netherlands ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Mission the Netherlands reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Press Conference at NATO

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited NATO Headquarters during his travels this week to Belgium, Austria, and France.  On December 6, 2017, he spoke at a press conference in Brussels.   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon, all. It truly is a pleasure to be back in Brussels. Someone reminded me this is my seventh trip to Europe already this ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking.  We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past.  Old challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today marks the beginning ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

The Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. You can find the message below and on the travel.state.gov website. December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson speaks on The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances

Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson The Wilson Center Washington, DC – November 28, 2017 The Wilson Center has made many important contributions to public policy over the years, and therefore it’s a very fitting venue for our discussion today on Europe, considering that 100 years ago this year the United States entered World War I ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: Thanksgiving in the Pieterskerk

This was the church where the lives of the Pilgrims were recorded: their births, marriages, and deaths. Their minister, John Robinson, was buried here. This is the Pieterskerk in Leiden.  After fleeing England in 1609, the Pilgrims found their way to Leiden, by way of Amsterdam. They stayed here until 1620, when a group of them ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, ... Read More»

“The American Dream” on display in Assen in new exhibit

The Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands, opened an incredible exhibit November 18, with music, food, Elvis and Marilyn.  “The American Dream” is an exhibit that spans more than 70 years and is spread across two museums in two countries.  The Drents Museum is displaying works covering the post-war decades 1945-1965 and the Kunsthalle Emden, ... Read More»

CDA hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Dinner in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine Crowley hosted a dinner with women business leaders.  Guests came from a variety of fields and discussed mentoring, leadership, start-up financing, and many other topics.  We were also joined by the Global Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Carine de Meyere, who ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

There were thousands of events in 160 countries around the world for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, including more than 100 here in the Netherlands. As part of the week-long program to inspire millions into entrepreneurial activity, U.S. Embassy the Hague invited two U.S. speakers to participate in numerous events. Dr. Sharon T. Freeman, president and ... Read More»

Message from Secretary Tillerson on the 242nd Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps

On behalf of the Department of State and all of our employees serving overseas and at home, I wish the United States Marine Corps congratulations on its 242nd birthday. The Department and the Corps have a special, historic relationship. U.S. Marines have safeguarded our embassies and consulates since 1949, but our common effort to promote ... Read More»

Senate Confirms Peter Hoekstra as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Hoekstra as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician and business executive who served as a member of Congress from 1993-2011, representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District.  He was the Chairman of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: November 8-9 Terrorist Attack Simulation Exercise in Amsterdam November 7, 2017

Dutch authorities will conduct a large-scale terrorist attack simulation exercise in Amsterdam November 8 and 9 that will involve police, emergency services, and Ministry of Defense personnel. The exercise will take place at various locations in Amsterdam, including the restaurant Haddock (Amsterdam South), Zeeburg Island, Europaplein Metro Station (currently not in use), Amsterdam City Hall ... Read More»

CDA remarks to Dutch entrepreneurs at the Road2NorthAmerica XL event

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley on Monday spoke to Dutch entrepreneurs at the Road2NorthAmerica XL event. The networking event, organized by  Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – RVO.nl  and the  Kamer van Koophandel , supports Dutch companies wanting to do business in the United States and Canada. Crowley: Thank you, Mark.  Good afternoon, Madam Ambassador.  Good afternoon everyone.  I’m delighted to see so many of you at ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: Lt. Col. Megellas, 100, crosses the Waal again

Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82 nd Airborne, may be 100 years of age, but he sure doesn’t look it. And when he tells his stories, particularly the one about the harrowing events around the “Waal Crossing” of September 20, 1944, he’s a young man of 27 ... Read More»

Cybersecurity and entrepreneurship event in Amsterdam

More than 20 students attended a panel discussion on Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam on Monday. The students, from the Vrije Universiteit’s School of Business and Economics in Amsterdam, participated fully in the discussion that touched on cyber threats as well as how to start businesses to deal with them. Leading ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: October 30, 2017 Demonstration in Amsterdam

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam October 27, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General has been informed by the Amsterdam Police of a scheduled demonstration on the Museumplein near the U.S. Consulate General on Monday, October 30, 2017, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  The demonstration is related to the country of Turkey and is expected to be peaceful.  ... Read More»

Cultural Corner- WWII Locomotive Returns to the Netherlands

A rare artifact is coming to a Dutch railway museum in Goes this week: a Whitcomb diesel locomotive from after the Second World War. The Whitcomb locomotive type was bought in bulk by Dutch Railways after World War II. A part of the Marshall Plan – the U.S.-funded blueprint for reconstruction of 16 war-crippled countries ... Read More»

Honoring Canadians who died in in the Netherlands during World War II

The Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands in World War II were honored during a memorial ceremony held on October 22, 2017, at the Canadian War Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom. Our Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley joined Canadian Ambassador Sabine Nölke as well as hundreds of others at the impressive ceremony. The cemetery is ... Read More»

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Overview

And that’s a wrap!  Our heartfelt thanks for accompanying us the past year on our journey to get know American authors, past and present.  We’ve greatly enjoyed your company and insights along the way as we discussed the authors, themes, and diversity in American literature.  We hope you continue on your own journey to discover ... Read More»

Unveiling of B-17 Monument in Beek (Limburg)

The Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley delivered remarks at the unveiling of a new monument in the community of Beek on Saturday, October 14.  He was joined by Mayor Christine van Basten-Boddin and the deputy Governor of the Province of Limburg Ger Koopmans.  The Embassy’s Air Attaché Colonel Scott Fisher also participated in the ceremony. On ... Read More»

Diversity Visa 2019: New Registration Dates

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those ... Read More»

Special Grant Competition in honor of CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Call for proposals is now: OPEN Deadline for Applications:  November 10, 2017 (midnight; local time) Period of performance:  2017-2018 Program Description U.S. Embassy The Hague is proud to announce a special grant competition in honor of CyberSecurity Awareness Month focusing on supporting programs to promote the use of technology among younger audiences to solve problems related ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: New book for JFK Centennial

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, would have been 100 this year. To mark that occasion, Alex Krijger published the first in-depth biography of JFK in Dutch in almost 25 years. At a book launching event at ProDemos in The Hague, Krijger presented Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley the first copy of ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: The Symbiosis of Kusaka and Wood

Museum Voorlinden, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 11, opened an exhibit by Los Angeles-based artists Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood on September 28. With this exhibit, which runs through January 7, the modern and contemporary art museum kicked off its year-long American Season series. Also to be featured in this series are Martin ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseOctober 02, 2017 THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Fulbright Reception

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all for coming out tonight. Please allow me to give a special welcome to Executive Director Marcel Oomen, whose leadership of the Fulbright Center for more than 20 years has ensured the continuing success of the program. I’d like to also thank the members of the Fulbright Executive ... Read More»

Remarks by Consul General at Liberation Concert in Margraten

Consul General David McCawley delivered remarks before the annual Liberation Concert at the Netherlands-American Cemetery in Margraten September 17, 2017 Distinguished veterans, Mr. Mackus, Mayor Akkermans, Ms. Young, Lieutenant General Rittimann, Superintendent Stadler, Mr. de Goeij, Mr. Rosu and members of the South Netherlands Philharmonic, it is a distinct honor for me and my wife ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 24, 2017 New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: Yad Vashem gives a name to WWII heroes

Leo S. Ullman was one of the lucky ones. It probably didn’t feel much like luck at the time. He was taken away from his parents. He had to stay with strangers for more than two years. He had to disappear, given false papers. Become illegal. He ended up in an orphanage. His parents had ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at IVLP gathering

Goede avond dames en heren. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted you could join us here this evening to celebrate one of the State Department’s most important programs:  the International Visitor Leadership Program, or IVLP.  I am honored to welcome a fraction of the hundreds of Dutch participants.  We also are pleased to see ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Waal River Crossing Ceremony

Remarks for the Waal River Crossing Ceremony CDA Shawn Crowley Nijmegen Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Mayor Bruls, Mayor Akkermans, Director van Afferen, distinguished veterans, ladies and gentlemen, and most importantly dear students.  Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Waal River Crossing and the liberation ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria and List of Shelters

The U.S. Consulate General Curacao alerts U.S. citizens that a  Tropical Storm Warning  and  Hurricane Watch  are in effect for Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba.  The Government of Sint Maarten has published the following list of shelters which will open at 5 pm on Sep 18. Maarten Academy School Gym (St. Peters) Dutch Quarter Community Center (Dutch Quarter) Belvedere ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at St. Stevenskerk in Nijmegen

Remarks for St. Stevenskerk Ceremony Nijmegen, September 17, 2017 Good afternoon. Thank you, Mayor Bruls, for welcoming us once again to your beautiful city. Thank you as well, Mayor Sheehan, for making the trip all the way from Albany. I would like to acknowledge the presence of General Gavin’s family. I recognize the outstanding work ... Read More»

Operation Market Garden commemorated

Last weekend the 73rd Anniversary of Operation Market Garden was commemorated in dozens of towns and hamlets in and around Arnhem, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven. Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley, Defense Attaché Captain Robert Buzzell, and U.S. Army Attaché Vince Martinelli laid wreaths and flowers at monuments large and small over four days that showed just how ... Read More»

A remarkable family united by one mission

They are three generations of one family. They enlisted in the militaries of three different nations. But their cause is the same: service. Henry Kubinski is a World War II veteran, having served as part of the First Independent Polish Parachute Brigade. He is back in the Netherlands for this week’s commemorations of Operation Market ... Read More»

Remarks for “A Ceremony of Remembrance and Hope”

Overseas Americans Remember (OAR) organized the annual 9/11 Memorial in The Hague on September 11, 2017.  Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley gave remarks, along with this year’s guest of honor, Sgt. James Hines, a 25-year veteran of the NYPD, who was at the World Trade Center 16 years ago.  The program featured music, readings, and a ... Read More»

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Near U.S. Embassy, The Hague, September 11, 2017

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam September 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has been informed by the Dutch National Police of a scheduled demonstration near the U.S. Embassy in The Hague related to Syria.  The demonstration will occur Monday, September 11, 2017, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, September 9, 2017

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam September 8, 2017 U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam informs U.S. citizens to a demonstration march taking place in Amsterdam on September 9, 2017, focused on Turkey.  The march is expected to begin near Waterlooplein at 3 p.m. and finish on the Museumplein at 6 p.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate ... Read More»

CG’s Bookshelf September: Someone by Alice McDermott

This month’s book, “Someone,” is the seventh novel by award-winning American author Alice McDermott.  Published in 2013, “Someone” recounts episodes in the life of the book’s main character, Marie Commeford, as she transitions from bespectacled child growing up in Brooklyn, to teenager, to mother, and finally to old age.  McDermott’s rich and unpretentious prose not ... Read More»

World Port Days Reception

Each year during the first weekend of September, the city of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam co-sponsor the annual World Port Days festival.  This year marks the 40th celebration of World Port Days and the festival theme is “Worldwide.”  The weekend-long festival is a chance for the public to visit many of the companies ... Read More»

Oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but also a former Ambassador to the Netherlands

A photograph taken March 1843 in Washington, D.C. is the oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but could this be the oldest known photograph of a U.S. Ambassador too?  John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829, but before that he was also the fifth U.S. Ambassador ... Read More»

Cultural Corner: last chance to visit two American exhibits in Amsterdam

Two exhibits, sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy, will close soon.  Martin Scorsese:  The Exhibition, at Eye in Amsterdam, runs through September 3rd.  (Note the exhibit is closed August 30th).  This is the first major exhibition on the work, life, and passions of the American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. This exhibition is devoted entirely to Scorsese and ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Amsterdam Police Cordon Off Amstelstraat Area After Finding Hand Grenade

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Amsterdam Police Cordon Off Amstelstraat Area After Finding Hand Grenade August 24, 2017 Amsterdam Police report discovering a hand grenade in the Amstelstraat area and are investigating.  The area has been cordoned off to the public.  U.S. citizens should avoid the area and follow the instructions ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Concert by American Band in Rotterdam Cancelled Due to Terror Threat.

August 23, 2017 Dutch authorities report that the Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam at Maassilo Hall has been cancelled due to a terrorist threat.  Police have closed off the area, and heavy police presence is on the scene.  U.S. citizens should avoid the area. General security information U.S. citizens in the Netherlands are reminded, in general, ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  August 23 Event Near the Consulate General Building

August 22, 2017 U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam informs U.S. citizens of a privately-organized event being held for Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer August 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam. We expect this gathering to be peaceful; however, all ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Washington, DC- August 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right. This law calls for the government ... Read More»

Studying in the U.S.? The difference between a J and an F-visa

If you’re planning to study in the U.S. you need the visa that bests suits your purpose.  The organization managing the Student Exchange Visitor Program , the Department of Homeland Security, has an interesting read on what the differences are between an F and J visa, both of which can be used for studying in the U.S. You can ... Read More»

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Let it Come Down by Paul Bowles

This month’s book, Let it Come Down (1952), is the second novel by enigmatic writer and composer Paul Bowles (1910-1999), who spent more than 50 years of his life in Tangiers, Morocco.  In addition to four novels, Bowles drafted numerous musical scores, more than 60 short stories, and dozens of translations of Moroccan authors.  His ... Read More»

President sends official nomination of Peter Hoekstra for U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands to Senate

Yesterday the White House announced that President Donald Trump sent 16 nominations to the Senate.  One was the official nomination for Peter Hoekstra, of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.   Read the full text ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Amsterdam Pride, July 29 – August 6, 2017

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam July 27, 2017 U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam notifies all U.S. citizens Amsterdam Pride 2017 will take place July 29 through August 6, with hundreds of events, including the opening July 29 Pride Walk and August 5 Canal Parade.  The latter event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  For more ... Read More»

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Peter Hoekstra as Ambassador to the Netherlands (subject to Senate confirmation).

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts Peter Hoekstra of Michigan to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician ... Read More»

Dutch and U.S. Law Enforcement Take Down Online ‘Dark Markets’

July 20, 2017-  The Justice Department announced the seizure of the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, which operated for over two years on the dark web and was used to sell deadly illegal drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms, and toxic ... Read More»

E Visa Innovation: Introducing Certificate of Enrollment

In Summer 2017, the Amsterdam E Visa Unit is rolling out a new program that should both improve customer service and ensure integrity in the visa review process. The Amsterdam E Visa Unit is granting a Certificate of Enrollment to previously approved E Visa companies which meet certain standards. This enrollment is based on the ... Read More»

2016 Country Reports on Terrorism – the Netherlands

Although terrorist attacks and fatalities from terrorism declined globally for the second year in a row in 2016, terrorist groups continued to exploit ungoverned territory and ongoing conflict to expand their reach, and to direct and inspire attacks around the world.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remained the most potent terrorist threat ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship, July 16 – August 6, 2017

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship, July 16 – August 6, 2017 July 17, 2017 The United States government is aware of a threat to this year’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship taking place at various venues throughout the Netherlands from July 16 ... Read More»

Memorial Dedication Marks the Third Anniversary of the Downing of Flight MH17

July 17, 2017-  The third anniversary of the downing of flight MH17 will be marked by the opening of a national monument dedicated to the victims. The creators of this living memorial forest were inspired by the form of the black memorial ribbon, which was used as a symbol in the aftermath of the tragedy, and ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Independence Day Reception 2017

The U.S. Consulate General celebrated 241 years of U.S. independence along with the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan last Friday at Amsterdam’s historic Koepelkerk. It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the close ties between the United States and the Netherlands with friends and partners from across Amsterdam and beyond. Many thanks to all ... Read More»

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits The Hague

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg generously offered up time to meet staff from the U.S. Mission in the Netherlands Monday, July 10.  The Justice is in The Hague at the invitation of the World Justice Forum .  She gave one of the keynote addresses at the opening event.  While at ... Read More»

Press Statement on the JIT and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 6, 2017 –The United States welcomes the unanimous decision of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) granting jurisdiction for the prosecution of those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 to the Dutch courts. We have full confidence in the ability of the Dutch criminal justice system ... Read More»

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

July’s book is The Buddha in the Attic (2011) by Julie Otsuka.  The novel tracks the lives of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” in the early 20th century.  Told in the first-person, the novel eloquently evokes the women’s day-to-day struggles in a new land:  meeting their ... Read More»

CDA Shawn Crowley’s Remarks for the 2017 Independence Day Reception

Photo Gallery of the Event Video of the Event The Hague, June 30, 2017 Goedenmiddag!  Sabine and I are glad that you could join your friends from the Embassy, Consulate General, OPCW, and Europol to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.  Many thanks to our excellent Marine Security Guards for posting the colors and ... Read More»

Fulbright Award Ceremony 2017

On June 19, 2017, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Sherry Keneson-Hall attended the Fulbright Award Ceremony in the historic Academiegebouw of Utrecht University. Twenty-three Dutch students and scholars were honored as the latest Fulbright grantees. The Fulbright Program offers scholarships to highly motivated foreign students to study in the U.S. and about an equal number ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States

Fact Sheet: Aviation Enhanced Security Measures for All Commercial Flights to the United States Release Date: June 28, 2017 The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a “spider web” of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Department of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, 2017   Well, thank you so much, Susan, and welcome to all of you to the State Department for this important event, and particularly I’m honored to welcome members of Congress, and in particular I want to highlight the leadership of Chairman Corker who’s with ... Read More»

U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2017 With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly fashion, consistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous order, and in accordance with the Presidential ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley hosts Iftar Dinner

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley The Hague, June 19, 2017 Ladies and gentleman, it is a true honor for Sabine and me to host this special Iftar dinner. Over the years we have had the pleasure of celebrating the breaking of the fast with friends in Tripoli, Kuwait City, Jerusalem, Benghazi, and Pristina, but also ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in The Hague, June 20, 2017

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS June 19, 2017 The Dutch police informed the U.S. Embassy in The Hague of a demonstration march on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The demonstrators will march along the following route: Malieveld – Koningskade – Mauritskade – Parkstraat – Lange Voorhout- Toernooiveld – Korte ... Read More»

Traveling alone with your kids this summer? Be prepared to avoid delays

Authorities at Schiphol Airport take seriously their responsibilities to protect children.  One way is to require additional screening of minors traveling alone or with only one parent.  If you are traveling alone with kids this summer, or are entrusting them in the care of someone else, we recommend you fill out and bring with you ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Incident at Amsterdam Central Station

CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Incident at Amsterdam Central Station The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam informs U.S. citizens of an incident involving a vehicle that occurred at around 9 p.m. this evening, June 10, near Amsterdam’s Central Station and resulted in several injuries. The driver was apprehended at the ... Read More»

An incident has been reported at Amsterdam Central Station.

Dutch Police reported an incident this evening at Amsterdam Central Station.  They report that they have apprehended a suspect.  According to Police the incident does not appear to be intentional.  They are investigating further.  Please follow @politie_Adam for the latest updates. Reminder for U.S. Citizen needing after hours assistance: If you need to contact the Consulate ... Read More»

Statement from Secretary Tillerson on 2017 LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s statement on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 6, 2017 Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central ... Read More»

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: The Season of Migration

June’s book is The Season of Migration by New York-based author Nellie Hermann.  Hermann’s second novel, published in 2015, paints a vivid picture of what Vincent van Gogh’s life might have been like during the roughly ten-months he worked as a minister in the coal-mining region of southern Belgium.  Little is known about van Gogh’s ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

THE WHITE HOUSE:  Office of the Press Secretary June 1, 2017- Rose Garden 3:32 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila.  We’re closely monitoring the situation, and I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period ... Read More»

DHS Statement on Aviation Security

Statement by Press Secretary Dave Lapan on Aviation Security May 30, 2017 For Immediate Release TSA Public Affairs WASHINGTON – Secretary Kelly had a call today with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to discuss aviation security. Three items were discussed.  First, they agreed on the need to raise the ... Read More»

Remarks of Charge d’Affaires at Memorial Day Ceremony in Margraten

Remarks of U.S. Charge d’Affaires Shawn Crowley Memorial Day Ceremony American Cemetery at Margraten May 28, 2017, 15:00 __________________________________________________________________ General Van der Louw, on behalf of the King; Minister and Mrs. Plasterk; General Middendorp; General and Mrs. Scaparrotti; your excellencies; Governor and Mrs. Bovens; Mayors; Ladies, and Gentlemen. As the grandson, son, and brother of ... Read More»

Dutch and U.S. citizens honor fallen soliders on Memorial Day weekend

Hundreds of citizens from the Netherlands, America, and other nations gathered, Saturday May 27, at the  Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten to prepare for the annual ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.  The cemetery is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and is the final resting place for 8,301 American soldiers who ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials

NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium 4:39 P.M. CEST PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world. Prime Minister May, all of the nations ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public viewing of Ajax in the Europa League Final, Museumplein, Amsterdam, May 24-25, 2017

CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Public viewing of Ajax in the Europa League Final, Museumplein, Amsterdam, May 24-25, 2017 On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, several giant screens will be set up on Amsterdam’s Museumplein for public viewing of the Europa League Final featuring Amsterdam’s Ajax soccer team.  City officials expect ... Read More»

A Tribute to American Composer and Conductor John Philip Sousa in Breda

The Harmonie Concordia Festival celebrated its 140th anniversary with a concert dedicated to American composer and conductor John Philip Sousa on May 20, 2017. Over 150 sousaphonists played the tuba-like instrument named after him. John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. In fact, ... Read More»

Dodenherdenking in Barendrecht

A remembrance ceremony was held May 4th in Barendrecht to honor nine Dutch Resistance members, five Dutch military members, a Royal Australian Air Force Spitfire pilot, and four US Army Air Corps aviators who died when their B24 “Liberator” crashed in 1945. · Resistance Fighters M. Maasdam C. Keijzer J. Veldhoen A. Eriks B. Moekestorm ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Europe Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2017 In honor of Europe Day, I join all Americans in offering our best wishes to the citizens of the European Union. The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ... Read More»

“Het Gooi Bevrijd” Commemoration in Bussum

We were deeply honored to join U.S. and other Allied veterans at Friday’s “Het Gooi Bevrijd” commemoration in the village of Bussum near Amsterdam. More than 80 vintage WWII vehicles joined the colorful procession in honor of Dutch Liberation Day. It was great to see so many young people in the crowds. We were especially ... Read More»

American Soldiers Honored During Annual Liberation Day Concert in Amsterdam

The soldiers took part in a tribute to the allies which included Belgian, British, Canadian, Dutch, French, Norwegian, and Polish soldiers. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked on while the soldiers marched out with other allies.  The concert was broadcast live on television via channel  NPO 1  and can be seen by clicking this ... Read More»

On the CG’s Bookshelf: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

May’s book is The Things They Carried from National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien. The 1990 semi-autobiographical novel blurs fact with fiction in its vivid collection of short stories tracking the lives of a fictional group of American soldiers in Vietnam and their adjustment to civilian life after the war. Considered one of the best ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson Addresses State Department Employees in Washington

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC May 3, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Are we on? Can you all hear me back there in the back? Can you hear me now? (Laughter.) Can you hear me now? AUDIENCE: Yes. SECRETARY TILLERSON: All right. I ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Europe Travel Alert

May 1, 2017 – The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have ... Read More»

20th Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 28, 2017 The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the world’s only multilateral treaty that verifiably bans an entire category of weapons of mass destruction, marks the 20th anniversary of its entry into force this Saturday, April 29. The CWC prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, ... Read More»

April 26 – World Intellectual Property Day

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, a time to celebrate the role that intellectual property protections play in allowing digital creativity and innovation to thrive. Entrepreneurs, artists, and people with ideas for new products can benefit from learning their rights and taking action. This year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) explores how innovation is ... Read More»

Earth Day an opportunity to highlight green technology in our new embassy

In honor of Earth Day, staff from the U.S. Embassy in The Hague invited contacts to tour the construction site of the new embassy to look at the Earth-friendly features of our new home.  The new U.S. Embassy boasts a number of “green” features from a heat-reflective “cool roof” to the ground source heat pump system.  The building ... Read More»

Cultural Corner – Bevrijdingskinderen

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bob Kingman was in Maastricht for the presentation of a new book by Mieke Kirkels, “Children of African-American Liberators.” Along with Kierkels, he presented copies of the book to the 12 “children” who were featured in the book. Kirkels’ first book, “From Alabama to Margraten,” told the story of Dr. ... Read More»

Dutch-American Friendship Day 2017

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception together with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR). Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Kingman delivered brief remarks and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Board of the “ Stichting Herdenking Amerikaanse Kerstviering 1944” (SHAK 1944). Each year, they organize the Christmas Eve Mass in the caves of Maastricht ... Read More»

Talking about water management, hydraulic engineering, and quantum computing at TU Delft

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited TU Delft, April 10, to learn about the cutting edge research being conducted on campus in the fields of water management and quantum computing. He was also able to meet with some American students, faculty members, and researchers at the university.  While at the technical university, Wim Uijttewaal, Professor of Experimental Hydraulics, ... Read More»

Demonstration Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Amsterdam – April 8-9, 2017

U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration in Amsterdam, April 8-9 April 7, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations scheduled to take place at the Museumplein (by the “IAmsterdam” sign) on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The stated ... Read More»

POTUS Orders Missile Attack in Retaliation for Syrian Chemical Strikes

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, April 6, 2017 — The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on ... Read More»

President Trump’s Statement on Syria

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON SYRIA April 6, 2017 THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even ... Read More»

Royal Netherlands Navy welcomes U.S. Embassy team to Den Helder

The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Lieutenant General Rob Verkerk welcomed Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley to the Dutch naval base in Den Helder.  Crowley was able to see first-hand the capabilities of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC) teams. Verkerk discussed their leadership, organizational, and command structures.  Captain Robert ... Read More»

Visit of U.S. Embassy staff to PepsiCo Nederland

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited PepsiCo’s Lay’s, Smiths and Cheetos factory in Broek op Langedijk. The factory was the first to produce potato chips in the Netherlands when it opened in 1958. Today, the factory supplies a wide assortment of snacks for the European market. In addition to the Broek op Langedijk facility, PepsiCo also ... Read More»

On the CG’s Bookshelf: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

April’s book is Pale Blue Dot from imminent U.S. astronomer and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Long-time Professor of Astronomy and Space Science at Cornell University, Sagan played a leading role in advancing America’s space program, from briefing the Apollo astronauts to collaborating on the Viking, Voyager and Galileo space missions. Creator of ... Read More»

Next stop Mars? Americans and Europeans work together at ESTEC on the future of space travel.

A few miles north of The Hague, researchers and scientist are working on getting humans back to the moon and then onto Mars. The European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk is the largest European Space Agency (ESA) site in Europe.  On a recent visit, CDA Shawn Crowley and Embassy Science Officer Keith Krause ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson – NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium March 31, 2017 Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock for transatlantic security. ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force participates in Frisian Flag 2017 Exercises

The Louisiana Air National Guard-159th Fighter Wing is participating in operation Frisian Flag 2017 at the Dutch Air Base in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.  Pilots from the Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, and the U.S. will participate in exercises over Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands from March 27 to April 7. The United ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement By U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson March 22, 2017 On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We ... Read More»

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first location in the Netherlands

The U.S. Embassy helped welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to the Netherlands at the grand opening of their first location on the Nieuwendijk in Amsterdam. The new location features Dunkin’ Donuts’ world famous baked goods and coffees, as well as a selection of locally themed products, including tulip and windmill donuts. Read More»

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States Release Date: March 21, 2017 Overview: Change to international travel carry-on items Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling ... Read More»

Dutch Military Awards U.S. Army Europe Commander Meritorious Service Medal

The Commander of U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges received the Meritorious Service Medal in Gold from the Dutch Minister of Defense on Monday, March 13th during a visit to the Netherlands. The award recognized LTG Hodges for his outstanding meritorious achievement as Commander, US Army Europe.  He was surprised at the ceremony ... Read More»

Demonstration in Amsterdam – March 11, 2017

UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Security Message for U.S. Citizens: The U.S. Consulate Amsterdam notifies U.S. citizens of a demonstration in Amsterdam scheduled to take place starting at Dam Square with a march to the Museumplein Saturday, March 11, 2017, between 12:30 and 15:30. According to local authorities, a large number of participants are ... Read More»

Global Partnerships Week: Advancing Digital Literacy and Cyber Skills in The Netherlands

Innovative cyber skills educational programs were the feature of a March 7 partnership between the U.S. Embassy The Hague and ECP (Platform for the Information Society). As a part of Global Partnerships Week, we were very pleased to partner with ECP, along with leading Dutch and U.S. businesses and organizations, to talk about the importance ... Read More»

2nd Sight BioScience and U.S. Embassy visit Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet to look for opportunities to further automate harvesting

Marcel Pinckaers (Foreign Agricultural Service) and Alec Boydston (Foreign Commercial Service) accompanied Kevin Oldenburg, CEO of Spokane, Washington based 2nd Sight BioScience, on a fact-finding visit to commercial greenhouse growers in the Westland region of the Netherlands. The visit included a meeting with Erik Helderman from Harvest House, one of the largest grower cooperatives in ... Read More»

Important Message: Executive Order on Visas

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States which directs us to review current screening procedures, while protecting national security – our top priority when issuing visas.  The Executive Order has an effective date of March 16, 2017. We are ... Read More»

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the Nation from terrorist activities by foreign nationals admitted to ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Celebrating One Year of the Inclusion Leaders Network

The Inclusion Leaders Network  (ILN) celebrated its 1st anniversary March 2 with a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. The Dutch ILN was co-founded in March 2016 by two exchange alumni, Mpanzu Bamega and Ahmed Larouz, as a local spin-off of The German Marshall Fund of the United States ‘ annual “Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership Network” (TILN) in Brussels.  ILN has ... Read More»

CG’s Bookshelf March: Euphoria by Lily King

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction in 2014, King’s fourth novel is based loosely on the real-life passionate love triangle between pioneering U.S. cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) and fellow anthropologists (and second and third husbands) Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson, while the trio conducted research in Papua New Guinea in the early 1930s. ... Read More»

President Trump’s First Address to Congress

The following is the full text of President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017 as prepared for delivery and released by the White House press office. TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: TRUMP: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the ... Read More»

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross February 28, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you for joining us.  On behalf of the President of the United States, it’s my great privilege to administer the oath of office to a man who will become the 39th Secretary of ... Read More»

Cultural Corner – Sojourner Truth: the woman, the abolitionist, the Dutch speaker

As February draws to a close, Black History Month also ends.  March is when Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States.  This video on the life of Sojourner Truth highlights her contributions as a woman and as an African-American to U.S. history. As a young girl, Truth was known as Isabella “Baumfree”, after ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy The Hague remembers 73rd anniversary of the Nijmegen bombing

Public Affairs Counselor Sherry Keneson-Hall joined Mayor Bruls and other regional leaders in laying wreaths at the annual commemoration of the Nijmegen bombing February 22, 2017. The ceremony has taken place since 2001 to remembers the 800 victims of the tragic 1944 bombing of the city of Nijmegen. Keneson-Hall was asked to speak as the ... Read More»

Embassy hosts IMC Weekend School Student Ambassadors for Discussion on Core Values for Success

CDA Shawn Crowley hosted 16 Student Ambassadors from the IMC Weekend School for a discussion on the values that make a diplomat.  The Student Ambassadors range in age from 16 to 26 and come from towns all over the Netherlands including:  Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Heerlen and other cities. During the discussion at ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Munich Security Conference February 18

Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have the privilege to address this important annual forum. I’m also pleased to ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson: Remarks Following Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State World Conference Center Bonn, Germany February 16, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: So I want to make a very brief statement. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a productive meeting and we discussed a range of issues of mutual concern. As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 16 Demonstration in The Hague

The Dutch police informed the U.S. Embassy in The Hague of a demonstration scheduled to take place on the Lange Voorhout side of the Embassy on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 1600-1730.  The demonstration is in opposition to the arrest in Germany of a member of the (Turkish) Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C). Even demonstrations intended ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 15 Demonstration in Amsterdam

February 14, 2017 Dutch police informed U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam of a demonstration scheduled to take place on the Museumplein Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 1300-1400.  The demonstration is in opposition to the arrest in Germany of a member of the (Turkish) Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).  The group is expected to demonstrate in front ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 15 Demonstration in The Hague

The Dutch police informed U.S. Embassy The Hague that a demonstration will take place on the Lange Voorhout side of the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday February 15, 2017 from 1500-1700.  The demonstration, sponsored by the Koerdische Vrouwenraad NL (Council of Kurdish Women in the Netherlands) will draw attention to the Kurds in the Middle East and ... Read More»

Demonstration Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in The Hague on Tuesday, February 14

UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL Amsterdam, February 14 The Dutch police have informed the U.S. Embassy in The Hague of a demonstration scheduled to take place at Plein, Lange Houtstraat, Lange Voorhout, Heulstraat, Noordeinde, Postzegelboom on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 11:30-14:30. The demonstration is in opposition to the deportation of Faredzjualev Wagif. The Jojanneke Bertens ... Read More»

Vice Consul Alston at NiNsee New Year’s Reception

In celebration of U.S. Black History Month, Vice Consul Kharmika Alston highlighted the immeasurable contribution black Americans have made to U.S. society during a February 4 New Year’s reception hosted by the National Institution for the Dutch Slavery Past and its Legacy (NiNsee).   NiNsee strives to shed light on the history of Dutch slavery ... Read More»

Deadline March 1 for Embassy’s Small Grants Competition

The U.S. Embassy in The Hague is proud to announce a new call for proposal to provide support for individuals and organizations representing civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGO), educational institutions, and artistic organizations whose aim is to promote and deepen the understanding and appreciation of American society and values in the Netherlands. The Embassy elicits ... Read More»

Important Announcement: Executive Order on Visas

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 4 Demonstration in Amsterdam

CONSULATE GENERAL AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS February, 3, 2017 The Dutch police informed the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam of a demonstration scheduled to take place on the Museumplein on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 12:00 to 14:00.  The demonstration, sponsored by the Peace Alliance, is in opposition to the U.S. President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Nation ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. ... Read More»

Urgent Notice –UPDATED– Under the Executive Order signed January 27, 2017

UPDATED:  Under the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in The Hague on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Dutch police have informed the U.S. Embassy in The Hague of a demonstration scheduled to take place at the Malieveld on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 16:00 to 17:30.  Approximately 800 people are expected to take part in the demonstration in opposition to the U.S. President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Amsterdam on January 31, 2017

The Dutch police have informed U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam of a demonstration scheduled to take place outside the U.S. Consulate General (Museumplein) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 13:00 to 14:30.  Approximately 50 people are expected to take part in the demonstration in opposition to the U.S. President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from ... Read More»

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner

When Dr. King visited the Netherlands in 1964, he said, “Honesty and realism impel me to admit that we still have a long, long way to go. But I think the important thing is that we are making progress.” At Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner in the Hague, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley said ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in The Hague on Friday, January 27, 2017- Friday, May, 26, 2017

The Dutch Police have informed the U.S. Embassy that the Cameroonian diaspora is planning for demonstrations to occur every Friday beginning on January 27, 2017, until on or about May 26, 2017. They plan to march from Raad Van State to the U.S. Embassy and back from 13:00 – 15:00 hours each Friday. Even demonstrations ... Read More»

Remarks by CDA Shawn Crowley at American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands 55 Years Gala

It is my pleasure to congratulate the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands on its 55 years of service to the business community. Though much has changed in the past half century, indeed in the past half year, AmCham has remained a constant motor of prosperity for American companies and for the Netherlands.  The ... Read More»

Defense Secretary Speaks With NATO Chief, British, Canadian Counterparts

Source: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1057475/defense-secretary-speaks-with-nato-chief-british-canadian-counterparts WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2017 — In separate calls today, Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke with his counterparts from the United Kingdom and Canada and with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to readouts of the calls provided by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. Mattis’ first call to a defense counterpart since his confirmation ... Read More»

Colson Whitehead in The Hague

American author Colson Whitehead visited the Netherlands last week to participate in the Winternachten Literature Festival in The Hague (January 19-22). The most recent National Book Award for Fiction winner talked about his award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” a story about fugitive slaves Cora and Caesar in the ante-bellum South. The network of Americans, black and ... Read More»

President Trump’s inaugural address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy building in The Hague officially designated a national monument

Cees van ‘t Veen, Director National Cultural Heritage, on behalf of the Minister of Education, officially designated the American Embassy in The Hague a national monument during a ceremony at the Embassy on January 20, 2017. He presented the official designation plaque to Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. Tracy Metz, Director of the John Adams Institute ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in The Hague on January 21, 2017

United States Embassy, The Hague, the Netherlands.  Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in The Hague on January 21, 2017 Dutch Police have informed the U.S. Embassy in The Hague that a demonstration to protest U.S. politics is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 13:00 and end at 15:00.  Participants ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Amsterdam on Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January, 21, 2017

Dutch authorities have informed the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam that demonstrations to protest U.S. politics are scheduled to occur near the U.S. Consulate General onFriday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, 2017. On Friday, January 20, two groups will demonstrate:  one group of demonstrators will gather in front of the U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam ... Read More»

Brand USA Pavilion at the Vakantiebeurs

Come and visit the Brand USA Pavilion at the  Vakantiebeurs , the largest travel and tourist event in the Netherlands. Location: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, January 11-15, 2017 The Brand USA Pavilion can be found in Hall 3 of the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. 1000 square meters of USA inspiration and information. Drinks, food and live performances can be ... Read More»

The Inauguration of the new President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related websites Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States  of America White House  website (whitehouse.gov) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? President Donald J. Trump, the ... Read More»

Demonstration: The Hague, Sunday January 8, 2017

Police stated the following demonstration will take place this Sunday, January 8, 2017, in The Hague: Date/time: January 8, 2017, 1330 – 1630 hours Location: Carnegieplein– marching via Carnegieplein, Burg Karnebeeklaan, Burg Patijnlaan, Laan Coppes van Cattenburch, Koninginnegracht, Dr. Kuyperstraat, Mauritskade, Alexanderstraat, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Scheveningseweg, Carnegieplein. Organization: Pegida Netherlands Participants: 300 Purpose: Protest against ... Read More»