The Netherlands has also been affected by the financial crisis which is the main problem of the Southern European countries (including Greece) during the last few years. Within this new situation, the Dutch government is starting to improve relationships between Greece and the Netherlands.
The objective of the Dutch government is to support Greece, by increasing their exports and the facilitation of trading. Also, the Dutch government decided to stop the pressures for more austerity policies to be implemented in Greece. In that way, they hope that the economic situation will start to be improve.
Dutch foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, said that of course there are many differences between the North and the South and that both sides tried to misinform people, by distorting the reality. However, now the point is to start supporting each other, as both the Netherlands and Greece have to encounter the same problem of the financial crisis.
The biggest challenge right now is to find the way to ensure solidarity between the European countries. We have to stop thinking stereotypically and blaming each other for the economic situation of Europe.
Additionally, Bernard Wientjes, president of VNO-NCW, the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, confirmed the intention of Dutch business world to invest in Greece. According to Wientjes, the main interest of investors is focused on the sectors of agriculture, energy, informatics and shipping. Also, Dutch enterprises and government agencies are already involved in the task force for Greece, preparing roadmaps in various sectors, as the control mechanism of budget expenditures, simplifying procedures in the export trade and so on.
It's completely wrong the stereotype that the Dutch don't love Greece. I think that the case is the exact opposite!
Source: Ta Nea
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