The Netherlands offers an excellent political and business climate which allows maritime enterprises to f lourish. The economic and social climate of the Netherlands is stable.
The country has been experiencing continuously favourable economic growth with very few labour disputes. Conflicts between employers and employees are generally solved around the negotiating table. Of course, besides a sound economic climate, a stable political climate is of key significance to long-term goals, especially for operations in an unfamiliar business environment. The Netherlands’ political system is a democratic and multi-party system and is therefore based on consensus. It is also highly pro-corporate, as the Dutch government is very much aware of the importance of having strong, internationally competitive commercial industries making a major contribution to the country’s prosperity and the well-being of its citizens.
The efficiency and integrity of the Dutch public administration is high. Procedures are handled quickly and full consideration is given to the importance of accountability. Ministerial departments operate in a transparent manner and both national and local politicians are open to dialogue with citizens and commercial interests.