The Dutch Touch

The Netherlands takes the chair of the European Union, midway through an eventful year

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 07/07/2004 12:00 am EDT

Ambassador J.G van Hellenberg Hubar of the Netherlands is preparing to serve a double shift as the working chair of the European Union delegations to Canada in the year to come. Luxembourg, next in line for the six-month Presidency, has no office in Ottawa, thus requiring the Dutch mission to act as the EU's helmsmen in Canada for a full year, ending in June of 2005. The Embassy of the Netherlands in Ottawa is staffed by seven diplomats plus support staff, and the Dutch presence in Canada is further enabled by consulates-general in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. A further 10 Honourary Consuls are stationed across Canada. On June 30, the morning before the Netherlands began its Presidency, the Ambassador met with Embassy for an extended chat about the months to come.

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