Official visit of the Secretary-General to the Netherlands (30 - 31 January 2008)


During his official visit to the Netherlands, Secretary-General Angel Gurría met with:

  • Mr Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister
  • Mr Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Mrs Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs
  • Mr Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Co-operation
  • Mr Piet Hein Donner, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, to address several labour market issues
  • Mr Frank Heemskerk, Minister for Foreign Trade, to discuss globalisation issues
  • Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment, to talk about a recently released OECD report, Jobs for youth: Netherlands.
  • The Secretaries-General of the Dutch ministries, to discuss ways to increase the horizontal co-operation within governments
  • The Parliamentary Committee for Economic Affairs, to present the latest Economic Survey of the Netherlands.   


Angel Gurría presents Jan Peter Balkenende with the Economic Survey of the Netherlands


In addition to these bilateral meetings, Mr Gurría held a joint press conference with the Minister of Economic affairs at International Press Centre “Nieuwspoort” to launch the OECD Economic Survey of the Netherlands.

He also attended a round table hosted by Prime Minister Balkenende on the following topic: " How Dutch is the Dutch economy and why does it matter? ".

For further information, journalists are invited to contact the OECD's Media Division (tel: + 331 451249700).


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