will be travelling to The Hague in the afternoon of 18 January to exchange views on current economic policy issues with German and Dutch business representatives. He will be holding talks on current energy topics with representatives of an energy company. In addition, Federal Minister Altmaier will give the 16th Norbert Schmelzer Lecture on the political challenges in view of divisions in society in Europe and on the integration of the economy and ecology.
Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Germany and the Netherlands are very important partners in the European Union working closely together in many economic policy fields. These include , energy and the climate. The good and intensive exchange of views is indispensable to further strengthen growth and prosperity in our two countries and in the European Union.”
In 2017, the Netherlands was Germany's most important trading partner within the EU and second most important trading partner worldwide. The bilateral trade volume amounted to approximately €177 billion in 2017. Germany is the most important trading partner for the Netherlands. Some of the natural gas consumed in Germany is imported from the Netherlands. Following an earthquake in January 2018, the gas production in the Netherlands’ most important gas field in Groningen is being reduced and gradually phased out in the coming years.