Week of Dutch-Polish Events Relating to Sustainable Development
Today marks the start of a special week on Dutch-Polish events and partnership building revolving around sustainability and climate. From circular economy and sustainable water solutions to electro-mobility and energy transition; this week the Netherlands will be host to no less than five events in which Polish and Dutch stakeholders will brainstorm together towards a sustainable future!
The Dutch Embassy in Poland co-organizes/supports these events to raise awareness and promote Dutch-Polish cooperation in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) which will take place in Katowice this autumn. Moreover, several follow-up activities related to climate and sustainability will be organized in the second half of the year.
The Dutch-Polish week on sustainability kicks off today in the Hague at the Holland Circular Economy Week (HCEW). From June 11th until June 14th, HCEW will be a breeding ground for international cooperation in the field of circular economy. A delegation from Poland will also participate in the HCEW.
As a bilateral side-event to HCEW, a Polish-Dutch Partnership Building on innovative water solutions will take place in Zoetermeer on the 13th of June. The Partnership Building is organized by a cooperation between Envaqua, Netherlands Water Partnership, the Embassy and former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Professor Jerzy Hausner and his Open Eyes Economy Summit team. Several inspiring speeches will be held by Polish keynote speakers, among which also Professor Hausner. In addition to this, several cases of specific challenges in the Polish water sector will be presented and discussed by the participants. The event aims to stimulate bilateral partnerships and out-of-the-box thinking to tackle our shared challenges in affordable drinking water and sustainable waste water treatment.
Next up is electro-mobility. From Tuesday 12th until Thursday 14th of June, a Polish expert mission in the field of e-mobility will travel through Utrecht, Eindhoven and Rotterdam. The expert mission aims to strengthen Dutch-Polish cooperation in the field of e-mobility by bringing together Polish and Dutch businesses, knowledge institutions and (local) government representatives. Polish decision-makers will be introduced by local stakeholders to Dutch innovations and experiences in e-mobility matters; ranging from the charging infrastructure to low emission zone policies.
Seperatly, on the 14th of June, the Mayors of Enschede and Rzeszów - Dr Onno van Veldhuizen and Dr h.c. Tadeusz Ferenc - will sign a declaration of cooperation between their cities. This signing ceremony is part of the Business Conference “Enschede, The Dutch City Open for Polish Business in IT & Energy Transition”. The conference will include seminars and B2B meetings focused on two sectors of strategic importance for Polish-Dutch business relations: IT (outsourcing) and renewable energy. The Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy will take part in a panel discussion of the business conference on opportunities in Polish-Dutch cooperation.
The Embassy will also be present at this year’s edition of Road2 Central and Eastern Europe XL in Nieuwegein on June 13th. The seminar will address opportunities in Poland for Dutch businesses in the Agrofood, Logistics, Life Sciences, Health and Water sector. The seminar will approach these sectors also from a circular perspective. The Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy, Guusje Korthals Altes, will hold a presentation on sustainable business opportunities and current developments in Poland.