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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to visit Bavaria

On Wednesday, 13th April to Thursday 14th April 2016, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay an official, working visit to Bavaria. As with their previous visit to France in March, the purpose of this visit is to also strengthen economic relationships with this German Federal state. Each year, the King and Queen make a point to visit one or more German Federal states to focus primarily on economic relations.

The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, will be joining them on this visit. Ms. Ploumen will be leading her own two-day economic mission to run concurrently with their visit. The focus of her mission will center around the economy of the future. It will examine sectors such as high-tech industry (medical technology and e-Health, smart industry and urban mobility) and the agri-food and logistics sectors.

The royal couple will begin their visit on Wednesday in Munich at the Alte Pinakothek museum. They will reopen a recently renovated Dutch gallery featuring 17th-century Dutch masterpieces. they will also witness the signing of an agreement between the Utrecht’s Centraal Museum and the Bavarian State Painting Collections. This agreement is to solidify a joint Carravaggisti exhibition to be held in 2018 and 2019.

BMW, the German car manufacturer is celebrating its centenary aniversery this year. Their Royal Highnesses, along with members of the German and Dutch science, business and government sectors will attend a seminar on sustainable urban mobility to be held at the manufacturer’s exhibition and distribution centre. They will then travel to the Residence palace, where they will be received by Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer. The King and Queen will dine with the President and both men will speak.

Their Majesties will next open the Dutch-Bavarian pavilion at the Viktualienmarkt delicatessen market. Both Dutch and Bavarian businesses will sell agri-food and horticulture products. These innovative and sustainable items will assist in strengthening the business relationships within government and science on both sides of the border.

The Deutsches Museum for science and technology will see the Royal couple attending part of a Dutch-German collaborative forum on smart industries and cyber security. Taken from the press release from the Dutch Royal website: “The forum will focus on the importance of cyber-security for industry, of cooperation between Dutch and German partners and of developing a common approach. The King and Queen will attend presentations on interbank security, cyber-security in robotics and other topics.”

Two Dutch-German partnership agreements will also be signed before the King and Queen. The first partnership is to unite the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO and its German equivalent Fraunhofer. The second will be between Onegini, a Dutch company and Samsung SDS.

For the final event for their first day in Bavaria, Their Majesties will be welcomed at Munich’s New Town Hall by Munich’s Mayor, Dieter Reiter. After they sign the Golden Book, they will head to the Old Town Hall where they will have dinner with participants from the trade mission.

Thursday’s engagements will begin with a visit to a global player in the medical technological industry, Siemens Healthcare in Erlangen. Nearly 180 medical technology firms do business in this part of the state, mainly focusing on X-ray technology, e-Health and rehabilitation. Their Majesties will see where Siemens MRI scanning equipment is manufactured.

The next stop on their packed schedule will be at Medical valley, where they will sit in on a Dutch-German dialogue centred on the ‘trends, challenges and solutions’ in medical robotics, diagnostics and e-Health. This forum will also provide e-Health start-ups with the opportunity to make business conections with investors and to form potential partnerships.

The King and Queen will then head to a seminar and lunch meeting where they will be briefed on a seminar focusing on strategic transport matters. The focus of their lunch meeting will be on, “sustainability, transparency and effectiveness in the transport sector and cooperation between Dutch and Bavarian partners.”

They will then pay a visit to an information fair in the city’s Town Hall. Here, they will speak with entrepreneurs and organisations about the importance of connections in Europe and collaborations among inland ports in Bavaria. They will next pay an historic visit to ‘Saal 600’ courtroom in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials took place in 1946. This visit, like all the others on this working visit, is to strengthen ties between Germany and the Netherlands. At the memorial, the King and Queen will speak with stakeholders about International law and human rights. This site saw the formation of the Nuremberg tribunal and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The final stop on their schedule will take them to the former home and studio of the artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). They will open a graphic exhibition of works from this artist.

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