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Working together for a better, forward-looking Europe – Minister of State Roth visits The Hague Netherlands

Michael Roth with Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Michael Roth with Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, © AA

12.04.2018 - Article

Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, travelled to the Netherlands on 12 April. During his visit to The Hague, he met members of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) who serve on the Standing Committee on European Affairs and the Contact Group Germany.

The lively talks with the members of parliament provided an opportunity to discuss current EU policy issues, in particular the outlook for the 2020 2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (the EU’s future budget), further development of European monetary union, and the impact of Brexit.

Talks with Stef Blok, new Minister of Foreign Affairs

After his talks with members of parliament, Roth met Stef Blok, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, whose remit includes Europe. Like Roth, Blok represents his Government on the EU’s General Affairs Council. In an animated exchange, Roth and Blok underlined their shared determination to foster a better, forward-looking Europe. They agreed to remain in close contact in order to ensure closer coordination on EU policy. Roth and Blok also discussed the Western Balkans and Russia.

During his talks in the Netherlands, Roth said:

Germany and the Netherlands, two founding members of the EU, are very close neighbours and partners. We want to use our close relations and mutual trust to help renew the European Union. In today’s world, all EU Member States, regardless of their population size, are at most medium-sized players.

We will only find convincing answers to the current issues through a united and renewed Europe.”

Talks about Europe at The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Last but not least, Roth visited The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he discussed EU issues with German-speaking students from the European Studies B.A. programme.


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