The Netherlands - The New York Times Sparsely inhabited Netherlands, the kingdom of the Netherlands, has a height just above the North and West Seas border. The Netherlands has been ruled by a legislative democratic and institutional empire since 1848, one of the first democracies in the whole wide electoral area. It is a founder member of the European Union and the euro zone and is the seat of the Court of Justice and four other multinational courts. Holland's combined free enterprise has given its inhabitants one of the highest per head incomes in the whole state. Find out more about the Netherlands.

Policy system

In 2016, the main economic branches in the Netherlands were government, defense, education, healthcare and welfare (21.4%), wholesaling and retailing, transportation, hotels and restaurants (21.2%) and manufacturing (15.2%). In intra-EU terms, 76% of Dutch imports (Germany 24%, Belgium 11% and the United Kingdom 9%), 4% to the United States and 2% to China outside the EU.

As regards EU Member States, 47% of EU exports (Germany 15%, Belgium 8% and the United Kingdom 5%), 14% come from China outside the EU and 8% from the United States. We have 26 Members of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. At the EU Council, EU Council meetings of EU Council members are held on a regular basis to pass EU legislation and co-ordinate EU policy.

The Councils are held on a regular basis with the participation of the Netherlands authorities, according to the area of politics. There is no standing, one-member EU presidency (such as the Commission or Parliament). Over these six-month periods, the Head of Government's Ministries set the agendas for Councils in the various policies and facilitated discussions with the other EU bodies.

Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President responsible for better lawmaking, interinstitutional relations, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, is the Commissioner appointed by the Netherlands for the European Commission. There are 12 members of the European Economic and Societal Committee in the Netherlands. The consultative group, which represents employer, employees and other stakeholders, is invited to consult on legislative proposals to get a better picture of the possible changes in the labour and welfare situation in the Member States.

Netherlands has 12 members of the European Committee of the Regions, the EU's meeting of EU regions and municipalities. The Consultative Council is consulting on legislative proposals to make sure that these legislation takes into consideration the perspectives from each EU area. Netherlands also communicate with EU bodies through its full-time representative office in Brussels.

As" the Dutch ambassador to the EU", its primary mission is to make sure that the interests and policy of the Netherlands are followed as efficiently as possible in the EU. What will the Netherlands pay and get? The Member States' contribution to the EU general government budgets will be fairly distributed according to the means at their disposal.

And the bigger your country's economies, the more they pay - and the other way around. It is not the redistribution of riches that the EU is aiming at, but the needs of all Europeans as a whole. Financial breakdown of the Netherlands with the EU in 2016: Further data on the EU household, revenues and expenditure:

Funds from the Netherlands in the EU funds are used to finance programs and initiatives in all EU member states - such as road construction, research promotion and environmental protection. Learn more about how the Netherlands is benefiting from EU funds.

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