The minister of economic affairs of the Netherlands, Henk Kamp, announced yesterdayevenig that the central government and the city of Amsterdam are going to join forces to turn The Netherlands in a startup hotbed.
The epicenter of Europe’s startup community would then be Amsterdam, leaving behind the current forerunners Berlin and London. “If you want put the Netherlands on the world map for startups than you have to do something with Amsterdam to grab their attention”, Kamp said yesterday.
Kamp is going to delegate this task to a special startup envoy. This special ambassador’s responsibility will be attract innovative tech startups from around the globe to The Netherlands. He’ll also be promoting the interests of Dutch startups abroad. Kamp believes that the presence of startups and the activities they employ benefits the Dutch economy.
In a previous interview with StartupJuncture fellow party member MP Anne-Will Lucas already hinted to the deployment of an special ambassador that would better use the country’s ambassador’s network to attract startups to the Netherlands. Last year Lucas also proposed to build a website on which foreign startups can find all the information they need on the Dutch startup ecosystem. In 2015 Kamp will launch that ‘startup website’ as well.
The minister has also decided to modernize the country’s legislative and regulatory framework. Rules and regulations that somehow hamper and constrain new initiatives will be abandoned in a consorted effort across the all the ministries (11, plus 2 sub-ministries) Kamp: “We will have a look if modernization is needed and if we can learn from actual examples.”
Kamp is also studying a list of measures suggested by social-liberal (D66) MP, Kees Verhoeven. Examples of measures as reported by news agency ANP are the creation of a single tax-tariff for paper and e-books and the ‘adjustment of the people transportation law so apps can be used to define the price of taxi.” Taxi rules are a part of the people transportation law. After the arrest of Uberpop drivers in Amsterdam last Sunday Verhoeven pleaded for the renewal of the taxi laws to enable a level playing field for ‘old and new providers of taxi services’. Kamp will inform in 2015 the Dutch parliament about the progress made.
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