Federal Minister Altmaier is talking with his Dutch counterpart Bas van het Wout, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, today.
Federal Minister Altmaier said: “As neighbours, Germany and the Netherlands are working closely together in the field of economic and energy policies. Our two countries are pursuing a clear strategy when it comes to expanding the use of renewable energies and the development of hydrogen technologies. For example, we want to press ahead with cooperation on projects in the area of offshore wind energy and are working towards a clear European policy environment for cross-border offshore projects. We are also focusing on hydrogen projects and working on reliable incentives for the development of hydrogen technologies. In this context, common European projects also play an important role. Our joint analyses show that there is a lot of potential for German-Dutch projects along the entire hydrogen value chain – from production to infrastructure and industrial use.”
German-Dutch economic relations in figures:
In 2020, bilateral trade between Germany and the Netherlands totalled around €173 billion. Exports to the Netherlands amounted to €84.37 billion, while imports from the Netherlands totalled €88.46 billion. The Netherlands ranks second for Germany in terms of imports, fourth in terms of exports and second in terms of turnover among Germany’s most important trading partners. Germany is by far the Netherlands‘ most important trading partner.