Netherlands

The Netherlands, often called Holland has a population of approximately 17 million inhabitants. Amsterdam is both the largest and capital city of the country, and  States General, Cabinet and Supreme Court is held by the Hague.

The country has operated as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy since 1848. The country is regarded as liberal, having legalized abortion, euthanasia, maintains a progressive drug policy, and legalized prostitution.  It was also the first country in the world to legalize same sex marriage in 2001.

The country maintains strong international relations and is a founding member of  EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD, and WTO. It is host to 5-international courts and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The country also ranked 2nd highest in 2016’s Press Freedom Index; with a market-based economy, it is ranked 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom.

A generous welfare system in the country affords citizens free healthcare, excellent public education, infrastructure, and social benefits. This along with a strong tax system, and its rank as the joint third highest in the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, along with Australia, makes the Netherlands one of the most egalitarian countries in the world.

Netherlands Fishing, shipping, agriculture, banking, and trade, have been cornerstones of this powerful economy since the 16th century. The Netherlands is home to major corporations including Heineken, Unilever, KLM, TomTom, and Phillips, among others. It has the 17th largest economy in the world, and ranks 10th in nominal GDP. Netherlands is the second largest food and agricultural products after the United States.

Since 1815 the Netherlands has been a constitutional monarchy. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is the current monarch, serving as the country’s head of state. The Prime Minister is a primus inter pares, and holds no explicit powers beyond those of the other ministers. In terms of policy making, trade unions and employer organizations are informed of issues in financial, social, and economic areas, prior to decisions being made in the country.

The Hague and International Courts

The Hague is a city in South Holland, which is home to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.  The ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes; including genocide and crimes against humanity.  The goal of the ICC is to work in conjunction with national judicial systems, and it may only exercise it’s right to prosecute when conditions are appropriate—such as the national courts are unable or unwilling to prosecute, or the UN Security Council refers situations.

The International Court of Justice is the judicial arm of the UN.  It settles disputes between member states, and provides information to UN organs and other specialized agencies.  The ICOJ consists of 15 judges who serve nine-year terms, elected by the General Assembly and the Security Council.

Extensive news, updates, and policy changes, are among the topics covered by the National Law Review. Universal healthcare, international chemical policies, cybersecurity, and international affairs, are some of the topics visitors can read about online. Visitors can always find the latest news about the Netherlands in relations to its citizens, foreign affairs, international relations, and its ties with the EU, US, and other countries around the world.

Date Title Organization
21
Feb
Netherlands | Visa-Exempt Nationals May Stay for 90 Days Beyond Their Residence Permit Berry Appleman & Leiden
20
Feb
New US Action Against Melamine Imports Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
15
Feb
New Antidumping and Countervailing Petitions on Melamine from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago ArentFox Schiff LLP
9
Feb
Competition Currents | February 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
8
Feb
Netherlands | Protection Non-Ukrainians Ending Berry Appleman & Leiden
31
Jan
Netherlands Amends ‘30 Percent Ruling,’ Gradually Reducing Maximum Tax-Free Reimbursement of Extraterritorial Costs Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
12
Jan
Competition Currents | January 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
26
Dec
China | Visa-free Entry Scheme Expanded to Six Additional Countries Berry Appleman & Leiden
11
Dec
Competition Currents | December 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
8
Dec
Visa-Free Entry Scheme Expanded to Six Additional Countries Berry Appleman & Leiden
7
Dec
Netherlands | New salary thresholds published Berry Appleman & Leiden
6
Dec
China Expands Visa-Free Access for Six Countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia Greenberg Traurig, LLP
3
Nov
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
2
Nov
Competition Currents | November 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
26
Oct
Court Rules Taxpayer Can Offset Foreign Tax Credits With NIIT Liability Under Tax Treaty McDermott Will & Emery
20
Oct
ECHA Publishes Proposal to Restrict More Than 10,000 PFAS under REACH Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
9
Oct
Airlines Face Increasing Greenwashing Challenges Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
5
Oct
Competition Currents | October 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
24
Aug
How to Introduce Alternative Proteins via Tasting Trials in the Netherlands and Singapore Keller and Heckman LLP
25
Jul
The Netherlands Provides Taste Testing of Cell-Cultivated Meat and Seafood Keller and Heckman LLP
17
Jul
Competition Currents | July 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
12
Jun
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | June 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
Jun
OECD Tour de Table Includes Information on International Developments Regarding Nanomaterials Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
5
Jun
Investor Coalitions Urge Consumer Goods Companies to Take Action to Reduce Plastics Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
17
Apr
How Dutch Companies Are Responding to the Gender Diversity Requirement for Supervisory Boards Greenberg Traurig, LLP
11
Apr
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | April 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
6
Apr
Chips Chatter: March 14-April 3, 2023 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
28
Mar
Proposal for an EU Green Claims Directive Greenberg Traurig, LLP
17
Mar
Chips Chatter: March 4-13, 2023 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
9
Mar
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | March 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
7
Mar
Proposed Revision of Dutch RETT Scheme Share Deal for Real Estate Acquisitions Greenberg Traurig, LLP
21
Feb
New AERIUS Method Released for the Calculation of Nitrogen Depositions from Construction Works Greenberg Traurig, LLP
16
Feb
ECOS and BUND Publish Recommendations for the Testing of Nano- and Advanced Materials Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
10
Feb
Competition Currents | February 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
6
Feb
New and Greener ROZ Template Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Feb
Trade Alert: New Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Petitions on Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
31
Jan
Hybrid Purchase-Price Mechanisms – Where Heavens Collide? Greenberg Traurig, LLP
12
Jan
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | January 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
Jan
Chips Chatter: January 2-9 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
3
Jan
FIDIC Golden Principles Under Dutch Law in 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
21
Dec
Provisional Closing Scheme: Beating the Dutch RETT Increase! Greenberg Traurig, LLP
15
Dec
Improving Liquidity Through Real Estate Sale and Leaseback Transactions Greenberg Traurig, LLP
12
Dec
RE-STRUC: Tax Changes as of 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
Dec
GT Newsletter | Competition Currents | December 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Dec
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Considerations for Real Estate Businesses in an Unpredictable Market Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Dec
The ‘Top-up’ (Bank) Guarantee in a Dutch Scheme – For as Long as It Lasts… Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Dec
ESG Opportunities for Distressed Real Estate Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Dec
Key Priorities for Borrowers in a Bear Market Greenberg Traurig, LLP
26
Oct
Dutch Trust UBO Register Operational Starting 1 November 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20
Oct
Dutch Court Rules Active Webcam Policies Violate Human Rights Robinson & Cole LLP
 

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