House of the Dutch Provinces

The organisation

In 2000 the twelve Dutch provinces and the Association of Dutch Provinces (IPO) established the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels. Strong positioning and an effective representation in Brussels require a proactive approach and cooperation between the provinces. The House of the Dutch Provinces is the joint front office of the provinces and the IPO in Brussels. Its main role consists of representing the joint interests of the provinces by liaising, informing and identifying.

Objectives of the House of the Dutch Provinces

Through cooperative actions in Brussels the provinces strive to achieve synergy in the following areas: interest representation, information management, monitoring and advisement. The House of the Dutch Provinces defined the following objectives:

  • Improving the Dutch provinces’ contacts with European institutions, the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU, and other regional offices in Brussels;
  • Creating synergy between the regional offices in order to come to an efficient representation of the joint regional interests;
  • Providing adequate and timely information on European policy-making and the activities of the House of the Dutch Provinces;
  • Contributing to a broader knowledge and a greater awareness of the European integration process in the Dutch provinces;
  • Offering the facilities for the appropriate reception of visitors.

Board of the House of the Dutch Provinces

  • Arthur van Dijk, HNP-chairman on behalf of IPO
  • Jeannette Baljeu, Province of South-Holland
  • Ger Koopmans, Province of Limburg
  • Klaas Fokkinga , Province of Fryslân
  • Ilse Zaal, Province of North-Holland
  • Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, Province of North-Brabant
  • Robert Strijk, Province of Utrecht
  • Anita Pijpelink, Province of Zeeland
  • Michiel Rijsberman, Province of Flevoland
  • John Berends, Province of Gelderland
  • Henk Staghouwer, Province of Groningen
  • Tjisse Stelpstra, Province of Drenthe
  • Eddy van Hijum, Province of Overijssel

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