Macron visits Netherlands to push for massive EU investment plan

(EurActiv, 11 Apr 2023) French President Emmanuel Macron is set to travel to the Netherlands on Tuesday to push for a massive EU investment plan in line with the Commission’s Net-Zero Industry Act alongside political and economic stakeholders.

Days after returning from his China trip, Macron will travel to the Netherlands to meet the royal couple, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Dutch researchers and entrepreneurs – marking the first state visit of a French president since President Jacques Chirac in 2000.

Macron will be accompanied by eight ministers and business representatives, including the CEOs of Engie and Air France/KLM.

The state visit to Amsterdam and The Hague will be placed under the banner of “European sovereignty in its economic and industrial dimension”, the Élysée said at a press conference before the trip.

In particular, Macron is pushing for creating a massive investment plan at the European level that is in line with the Net-Zero Industry Act proposed by the European Commission in mid-March.

Already at a joint press conference on 30 January in The Hague, Macron and his Dutch counterpart Rutte suggested that the April trip would be an opportunity to discuss subsidies for the EU’s green industry.

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EurActiv, 11 Apr 2023: Macron visits Netherlands to push for massive EU investment plan