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success. The Dutch are quite open and egalitarian people
and have no issue trusting each other in general, which
makes cooperation easy and results oriented.
Can you introduce us to the activities of the NetherlandsCzech Chamber of Commerce in the Moravian-Silesian
Region? Is it involved in any specific projects?
We are currently involved in setting up a programme called
On the Road to Smart Industry, in which the MoravianSilesian Region should play a role.
A study called the 2021-2023 Czech-Dutch Action Agenda
for Industry: Integrated Smart Industries for Recovery
in Europe has just been presented to Minister Havlíček
by the Dutch Ambassador, which will form the basis of
an ambitious cooperation project to become a joint
powerhouse of industrial innovation in Europe. We certainly
hope that businesses, local government, and universities in
the Moravian-Silesian Region will show interest in joining
this ambitious programme.
Do the citizens of your country, or representatives of
companies, consider the Czech Republic, and therefore
the Moravian-Silesian Region, to be an attractive
destination? And how do they feel here?
The Czech Republic is a favourite destination for Dutch
people and not just for the excellent beer and the
capital city only. Czech nature is second-to-none--for
a densely populated country such as The Netherlands,
Czech nature is a welcome change for many a Dutch
visitor, not to mention the abundance of historical sites
and opportunities for outdoor sports that the Dutch
What is your favorite dish and have you tasted
something in the Czech Republic that you did not
know from your home country?
I like traditional dishes such as svíčková na smetaně and
vepřo knedlo zelo best. It depends on how they are
cooked and by whom, though, I have learned. I am a big
fan of Czech baking as well--you can always wake me up
for a freshly made bábovka, buchta or koláč!
Mr Brouns, thank you for the interview.
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