Europe and the EU

German and Dutch business after Brexit
05 Mar 2019 15:00 - 17:30
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The German Embassy in the Netherlands, VNO-NCW (the confederation of Dutch employers and industry), BDI Federation of German Industries and the Clingendael Institute jointly held the conference ‘German and Dutch Business after Brexit: Risks & Opportunities’. The full photostream of this event can be viewed here.
The March 29 Brexit deadline is fast approaching, but much uncertainty still surrounds the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU. A no-deal scenario remains a real possibility, which would have dire consequences for European citizens and businesses.   
German and Dutch businesses are among those most exposed to the disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit. Equally, they are among those who have most to gain from a strong EU single market.

As the deadline approaches, how are German and Dutch businesses preparing? What last-minute lessons can be shared? And if a deal is finally agreed, how will the trade and investment relationship change between the EU and the UK?

At this conference, German and Dutch leaders shared their thoughts and insights as Europe prepares for Brexit. Mona Keijzer (State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy), Dieter Kempf (president of BDI) and Hans de Boer (president of VNO-NCW) gave keynote remarks, followed by a high-level panel discussion focusing on the risks and the opportunities of the UK’s departure.


  • 15:00-15.15: Welcome and registration
  • 15:15-15:30: Opening by Monika Sie Dhian Ho, General Director the Clingendae Institute, and H.E. Dirk Brengelmann, German Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • 15:30-15:45: Keynote remarks by Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate
  • 15:45-16:30: Introductions by Dieter Kempf (President of BDI) and Hans de Boer (President of VNO-NCW)
  • 16:30-17:30: Panel discussion with: Ruth Berschens (Correspondent and Brussels bureau chief of Handelsblatt), Ulrich Nöthel (Risk Director Euler Hermes DACH region), Arnaud de Jong (CEO Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V.), and Hans Klunder (Customs Program Director Brexit, Dutch Customs)    
  • 17:30-18:30: Informal reception

This event was moderated by Rem Korteweg (Senior Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute).