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From Apeldoorn to NL-UK: North Sea Neighbours

The NL-UK: North Sea Neighbours Conference has been running since 2000, and was previously called the Apeldoorn: British-Dutch Conference Series, named after the Dutch city of Apeldoorn where the first conference took place. In time for the conference’s 20th anniversary year, the Apeldoorn conference series was renamed to reflect the close links that bind the Netherlands and the United Kingdom together.

The conference series has 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 alternate between the Netherlands and the UK and tackle a different contemporary theme – a key policy challenge facing both countries – each year. Further information, (video) reports and conference programmes from past conferences are available on the conference pages. 


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