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4 mei 2016

The Netherlands Embassy in Athens presents to you its monthly newsletter. With this newsletter we inform the reader on topics such as upcoming Embassy events, introduction of new staff, activities the staff members host or attend, trade information, advice for people travelling to Greece and Dutch cultural festivities.

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Past Events

The Embassy celebrates: Kingsday 2016

On April 21 the Embassy celebrated Kingsday with a reception at the Ambassador’s residence, of course with traditional tulips and "bitterballen". 

On this national holiday we celebrate the birthday of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, Kingsday takes place on the 27th of April. On this occasion, the entire country turns orange. Children play traditional games and sell some of their toys at the local free market. In almost every city or village, loads of activities are organized and several singers or actors perform. If you are planning to visit the Netherlands, try to include Kingsday in your trip!

300 wooden Coco-Mat bicycles cruise through Athens!

On Sunday, April 24, the Coco-Mat bicycle tour took place in Athens, to promote cycling as a healthy and alternative way of transportation. The participants rode on beautiful Coco-Mat bikes made from sustainable wood. Around 300 people participated in the tour, and the Netherlands Ambassador Caspar Veldkamp was one of them! The tour took the participants from Kifissia to Plaka and back, with stops at the Kallimármaro, the Greek parliament and the Orange Grove, the incubator of the Netherlands Embassy. When the tour ended, all the participants got to enjoy some drinks and food at the Coco-Mat headquarters in Kifissia.

We express our gratitude to Coco-Mat for this amazing tour!

Architect Erick van Egeraat gives inspiring lecture in the Benaki Museum

On Friday 8th of April, the Benaki museum hosted Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat. Erick van Egeraat established his own architect bureau, with offices in Rotterdam, Moscow, Budapest, London and Prague. He won several awards, among them the Best Building Award 2011 & 2012.

The lecture, co-organized by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture, was titled "Galvanize the (European) city", and explained how to change a city in order to enhance liveliness and creativity. In his lecture, Erick van Egeraat further elaborated his view on the architectural profession, the world we live in, and how to make our cities better in any socio-economic circumstance. Not just by adding new buildings, but also by identifying and maximizing the potential of what is already available.

The Netherlands Embassy sincerely thanks Mr. van Egeraat for the inspiring lecture!


The Embassy presents: Aftermovie Diplohack Athens

Together with Impact Hub Athens the Netherlands Embassy organized a Diplohack on EU-transparency and open data. Over 50 participants spend a weekend to develop innovative solutions that provide a more accessible and trustworthy European Union to its citizens.

Winning team "Financial Game" will present their idea at the first European Transparency Camp, which is to be held in Amsterdam in June. The team developed an application that provides insight to citizens on financial decision-making and consumer behavior in the European Union. Users are informed about financial decision-making and their consequences in a playful way.

We look back to a fruitful weekend and are glad to present our aftermovie: check it out on Vimeo! Find a one-minute version here.

Migration Dynamics

Incoming visits April 2016: Minister Koenders and State Secretary Dijkhoff

As the EU-Presidency continues, several delegations from the Netherlands are visiting Greece in context of the migrant crisis and implementation of the EU-Turkey deal. At the beginning of April, a delegation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of European Affairs from six countries visited Athens. The delegation was headed by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bert Koenders. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia were part of the delegation. The delegation travelled to Istanbul afterwards.

On 25 and 26 April, State secretary of Security and Justice, Mr. Klaas Dijkhoff, visited Athens and the island of Lesbos. As was the case with the delegation headed by Minister Koenders, implementation of the agreement between the EU and Turkey on readmission and resettlement constituted the key issue of the visit. Mr. Dijkhoff had a meeting with Prime Minister Tsipras, Minister of Migration Mr. Mouzalas, Minister of Citizen Protection Mr. Toskas and exchanged views with UNHCR and Greek NGOs that are present in the majority of the reception facilities throughout Greece.

The visits took place in light of the EU-Presidency of the Netherlands during the first half of 2016.

Orange Grove

Introducing Orange Grove Staff: intern Minos Koulas

My name is Minos Koulas and I am the new intern at the Orange Grove and I am very excited to be part of the team for the coming months. I'm half Greek and half Dutch and I have lived in both countries for many years. This has given me the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in both cultures. My interests are primarily in Economics and Finance, resulting in an extraordinary interest in the Greek financial crisis and the possible solutions. I believe Greek entrepreneurs play a vital role in stimulating progress in the Greek economy by facilitating extra jobs and expanding the importance of Greek companies abroad through their innovative ideas and developments. By helping the startups in any possible way I can at the Orange Grove incubator, I am hoping to be able to help the new generation of entrepreneurs, who in turn will possibly provide Greek society with more prosperity.

The Squeeze#7 – Save the Date!

The date has been set for The Squeeze#7, which will take place on the 23rd of June, from 18:00 till 21:00. Save the date in your agenda so that you won’t miss it.

The Squeeze is a thrilling pitching show where entrepreneurs shoot their ideas through the roof, and battle to the bitter end, in order to win the ultimate start an entrepreneur could only dream of: 15.000€ and 10.000€ in prize money!

During The Squeeze, 8 of the most promising Orange Grove startups pitch their idea to a jury consisting of acclaimed business professionals. The quarterly competition is made possible with the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as part of the “Recharging the Youth” initiative which aims to help create new opportunities for Greece’s younger generation.

The entrance is open and free for everyone!

Sneak-peak in Orange Grove’s kitchen

We give you an inside look of what a month at the Orange Grove looks like.

It was an exciting month with many events happening and mentors passing by to help the startups. Mr. Matt Kuppers, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Startupfactory, came to Orange Grove for one-on-one sessions with the startups to help them with brand building techniques and the use of Google analytics in online marketing. Mr. Kuppers also gave a seminar on growth marketing, where we welcomed a lot of interested people that were interested at Matt’s tips and tricks.

On the 20th of April, Orange Grove took part in the Easter bazaar organized by PwC Greece. Orange Grove’s startups Keeppet, VitAbroad and Blood-e joined the booth and provided information about the success of the incubator and the help it can offer to young entrepreneurs. The Easter bazaar was organized for the Greek PwC personnel to get to know the partners better and of course to get a ‘taste’ of Easter.


Visiting hours consular department:

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 09:00 – 12:00 hrs. and 14:00 – 15:00 hrs. Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 hrs. Consular services are only by appointment, made through our appointment system.

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