The Financieel Dagblad called it a 'new style trade mission; Polish – Dutch speed dating in Gdansk’. A trade mission headed by Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen visited Poland between 9 and 11 October.
Twenty-eight companies and government and knowledge institutions in the water sector discussed climate resilient cities, navigable waterways, port development and circular water technology with their Polish counterparts.
In Warsaw everyone was informed on both the Dutch and Polish strategic approach to these themes, and in Gdansk concrete cooperation opportunities were discussed. The setup of the mission focused explicitly on entering into a dialogue with Polish parties, and building on the strategic commitment of the Netherlands in Poland over the last few years.
During the mission a Letter of Intent was signed between the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Affairs and the Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. NWP participant Van den Herik concluded a contract for deepening the Police port. Cooperation was also required, for example, in Room for the River.
The NWP was in charge of the water mission programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Affairs, RVO.nl and the Dutch Embassy in Warsaw. Frank Goossensen accompanied them as the Water mission leader from the International Core Team of Top Sector Water & Maritime. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of NWP Poland, Edyta Wisniewska, firstname.lastname@example.org.