Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Netherlands)

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Dutch: Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat
Logo of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Building of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Department overview
Formed 17 August 1905 (1905-08-17)
Jurisdiction Kingdom of the Netherlands
Headquarters Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, The Hague, Netherlands
Annual budget 5,2 billion (2018)[1]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Maarten Camps, Secretary-General
Website (in English) Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Dutch: Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat; EZK) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Commercial policy, International trade, Industrial policy, Investment policy, Technology policy, Energy policy, Nuclear energy policy, Renewable energy policy, Environmental policy, Climate change policy, Natural resources, Mining, Space policy and Tourism Affairs. The Ministry was created in 1905 as the Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce and had several name changes before it became the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1946. In 2010 the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality was merged with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and was renamed as the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. In 2012 the name was reverted back as the Ministry of Economic Affairs but keept the responsibilities of the former Ministry of Agriculture. In 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality was reinstated but the Ministry of Economic Affairs took on several of the Environmental policies portfolios from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment which was renamed as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and with the Ministry of Economic Affairs renamed as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Dutch: Minister van Economische Zaken en Klimaat) is the head of the Ministry and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The current Minister is Eric Wiebes, who has been in office since 26 October 2017.[2]

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Organisation

The Ministry has currently five Government Agencies and several Directorates:

Government Agencies Responsibilities
Foreign Investment Agency
(Dutch: Buitenlandse Investering Bureau)
BIB International trade
Space Office NSO Space agency
Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
(Dutch: Centraal Planbureau)
CPB Economic analysis
Central Agency for Statistics
(Dutch: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek)
CBS Statistical services
Patent Office
(Dutch: Octrooicentrum Nederland)
OCN Patent office

Mission

The mission of the Ministry is to "promote sustainable economic growth in the Netherlands." It focuses on the key areas of "Knowledge economy and innovation," "Competition and dynamic" and "Room to do business."

Organization

The political responsibility of the ministry is in the hands of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy who is part of the Dutch Cabinet. A Deputy Minister, called the State Secretary, serves as the second-in-command to the Minister.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has also a civil service department, led by the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy consists of four Directorates-General: Foreign Economic Relations, Economic Policy, Energy and Telecom, and Enterprise and Innovation. There are also some support departments.

See also

References

  1. (in Dutch) Begroting 2018, Rijksoverheid
  2. (in Dutch) "VVD'er Eric Wiebes moet economische groei gaan combineren met Parijsdoelen". NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
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