This publication of Enterprise Ireland, A Guide to Doing Business in the Benelux Countries, discusses business opportunities in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The publication includes information on the countries' business cultures and practices, explanations on how to network and do market research, information on tax and legal issues, analyses of growth sectors, and advice on how to successfully operate a business in the Benelux market. This resource opens in PDF.
The Euronext is the official stock exchange for several European countries, including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the UK. Its official website provides several stock services including equities, listings, bonds, exchange-traded products (ETPs), derivatives, indices, and market data. The site also includes news releases and statistics.
The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the financial services industry within the Netherlands. The site contains plenty of resources sorted by relevant users (consumer or professional) to provide a better understanding of how the finance industry works for the public, businesses, and government.
This document describes how distribution, agency, and sales relationships are treated in Dutch law. It also details the Netherlands' terms regarding the freedom of contract, competition law issues, taxing considerations, and international conventions. A list with helpful Dutch trade law websites is also included for reference. Prepared by: Höcker Advocaten.
The Amsterdam Exchange Index (AEX) is a stock index made up of the 25 most actively traded securities on the exchange. The index is made up of Dutch companies and is one of the main national indices in Europe promoting a more reliable market that offers increased opportunities by bringing together buyers and sellers. This resource is available in limited English translation.
The Authority for Consumer and Markets (ACM) follows the latest market trends and developments for consumers and businesses. Specifically, ACM looks at the energy, telecommunication, transport, and postal industries. Along with tracking markets and industries, the ACM holds dialogues with businesses and consumers, advises consumers, and enforces numerous acts and pieces of legislation to make it easier for new startups to enter markets.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce provides Dutch entrepreneurs with information regarding financing and innovating a business in order to stimulate regional trade. The site includes information on starting a business, international trade, the associated paperwork, and registering or modifying a business in the trade industry. A limited English version of the site is available, however, some content is only available in Dutch.
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is tasked with the implementation of monetary policy and the maintenance of price stability within the European Union. DNB conducts foreign exchange operations, manages the country's reserves, and supervises consumers to ensure improvements in risk analysis and quality of information. The DNB website contains information about the European monetary policy, interest rates and inflation, supervision, payments, and resolution. In addition, the site provides statistics, publications, news, and research.
The Dutch Media Authority (CvdM) grants licenses to broadcasters of audiovisual content in the Netherlands. CvdM monitors compliance with this legislation and serves to protect consumers' interests by ensuring appropriate and accurate information in the broadcasts. CvdM also promotes the advancement of technology within the media sector and promotes regulations on online advertising to provide monitored media content. The CvdM site contains news, regulations, and information about the organization and their responsibilities. Majority of the site is only available in Dutch, however, limited English features are available.
The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) carries out energy research and provides live-feed news and publication information. The researchers move between fundamental research at universities and appliance of knowledge and technologies in practice.
Evofenedex is a Dutch entrepreneur's association that helps internationally active Dutch companies with logistical and international operation. The site provides knowledge and educational services to Dutch companies about transportation, export management, supply chain management, international business, warehouses, and optimization. This website is only available in Dutch.
Holland Trade is responsible for promoting the international presence of Dutch companies in foreign markets and for supporting private sector development in emerging markets. The site contains information about Netherlands and the country's business environment, descriptions of different industries, news, publications, and events.
As the main page for the government of the Netherlands, this resource provides information about the president and government councils. The site also contains information on government-related press releases and contemporary news updates.
The Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) assesses and guards the efficacy, safety, and quality of both human and veterinary medicinal products. The MEB is the primary source of information on new medicinal products, new applications, and current risk information in the Netherlands.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs is in charge of policy development to create a sustainable, competitive business environment in the Netherlands. Specific focus is placed on agriculture and energy, as well as on a balance between ecology and economy. This site contains relevant information for the agriculture, biotechnology, and energy industries.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) provides statistics for the country as well as for the European Union. The categories of data figures include labor and income, economy, society, and regional statistics. The website also provides news, publications, articles based on the different statistical categories. In addition, there are interactive infographics that users can utilize to experiment with data about economic indicators and the business cycle.
As a government agency, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) provides information and practical assistance to international investors who want to enter the Netherlands' market. The NFIA introduces corporate investors to a variety of Dutch networks and service suppliers in business, to government authorities at national and regional levels, and to academic and private sector consultants. The NFIA site provides information on the economic environment of the Netherlands, descriptions of specific industries, news reports, and explanations of NFIA services.