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41 Handover WWII maritime artefacts

Thanks to excellent cooperation between theAustralian and Netherlands departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs, four Netherlands artefacts, from the wrecks of two Dutch naval vessels that were sunk in World War II, were returned to the Netherlands yesterday.

42 Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.

43 Dirk Hartog 2016

The director of the Western Australian Museum in Perth, Mr. Alec Coles, is visiting the Netherlands this week in preparation of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of Dutch VOC skipper Dirk Hartog in Western Australia.

44 Uiver 1934-2014

The Dutch Ambassador H.E. Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok has accepted appointment as Patron of the Uiver Memorial Community Trust. On 25 October 2014, the city of Albury in New South Wales will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the landing of the Uiver.

45 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.

46 Foreign minister nominated for senior EU job

European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker has announced his new team of Commissioners for the next five years. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans will be Mr Juncker’s First Vice President and right-hand man.

47 Medal of Merit

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has received the prestigious Medal of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

48 Important news concerning Netherlands passport applications

The application process for Netherlands travel documents is changing worldwide. This will have consequences for Australia as well. As of 1 October 2015, the Honorary Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth and the Embassy in Canberra in Australia will no longer handle Netherlands passport- and visa applications.

49 Zest Festival 2014

On Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of September, Kalbarri in Western Australia will host its third Zest Festival. The festival explores the cultural connections and historical ties Australia has developed with the Netherlands and countries like Japan, India and Indonesia due to the historical voyages of the Dutch East India Company; the VOC. As during the previous two editions, the Netherlands Embassy is a proud sponsor of this year’s festival.

50 Memoires Paul Couvret

On Wednesday 13 August, the launch of the memoires of Dutch military veteran Paul Couvret took place at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Mr. Couvret passed away in 2013, aged 91, after living an extraordinary life. This publication, which will be available in both e-book and hardcopy, underlines the profound military history Australia and the Netherlands share. Therefore, the Netherlands Embassy in Canberra is a proud sponsor of this project.