In 1999, Prime Ministers Wim Kok and Tony Blair decided to launch an annual bilateral conference series as part of the UK-Netherlands Framework For The Future. Their vision was to bring together a group of leading and promising thinkers from both countries on a regular basis to come up with creative solutions for issues of shared concern. The Apeldoorn: British-Dutch Dialogue Conference Series takes its name from the Dutch city of Apeldoorn, where the first ever conference took place in 2000.
Apeldoorn Conferences have become a forum where the most influential commentators, policymakers, politicians, business leaders, academics and civil society representatives from both sides of the North Sea come together to pool ideas, expertise and best practice, and create lasting relationships, alliances and networks.
Conferences take place every 18 months, alternating between the UK and the Netherlands; they tackle a different contemporary theme each year. Attendance is strictly by invitation only.
The Conference Series is jointly organised by the British Council Netherlands, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is generously supported by our sponsors ING, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever.
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