The Dutch monarch visits Italy: MDM also meets king William Alexander of Oranjge

King William Alexander of Hollandarrived in Italy on a trip taking place between June 20 and 23 and aimed at reinforcing commercial links between Northern and Southern Europe.

As MDM Studio Legale & Tributario pointed out in a recent article, the Netherlands have an excellent trading relation with Italy: according to 2015 data, goods for € 17.5 billion were exported from Holland to Italy, while the flow in the opposite direction is € 9 billion.

Setting the bases to optimise Italian exports towards the Dutch market is one of the goals that may be reached in this royal visit.

With the specific objective of implementing commercial ties between the two countries, young King William Alexander, in his brief but action-packed visit to Italy, will be accompanied by around a hundred Dutch entrepreneurs.

“I can’t wait to go back to Rome”, said King William Alexander, “but this time I’ll also be visiting Palermo, to give Sicily my solidarity over the migrant crisis, which the Region is facing alone, but is a problem which actually involves all European countries.”

A rich agenda of meetings will see the Sovereign first visiting Rome and the Vatican City, then Milan and Palermo.

In the Capital, the King and his wife Maxima will be received by President Sergio Mattarella, who will be hosting a State dinner in their honour, by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the Presidents of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies Pietro Grasso and Laura Boldrini, and Mayor Virginia Raggi. A visit to the Pope at the Holy See is also on the cards.

In Palermo there will be a symbolic meeting with the first line of rescue to migrants. “Sicily”, pointed out the Dutch monarch, “is the outpost of a crisis caused by war and tensions, the Syrian atrocities, but also by climate change: something we’ll have to deal with all together as a community of European peoples.”

On June 22nd the King will be in Milan to deal mainly with the business and economic aspects of his trip.

In this context Johan de Flines, partner of MDM Studio Legale & Tributario, a Dutch citizen who’s been living in Italy for 25 years, had the pleasure of meeting the King on June 21st in Milan during a cocktail hosted in honour of the Oranje Crown by Rabobank, the leading Dutch banking and finance organisation present in Italy for some years.

“I’m very proud to meet William Alexander, the sovereign of my Country, in Italy”, said Johan de Flines. “I’m confident this visit will outline new commercial ties and trading policies between two countries which are in many ways complementary. Italian business, in many market sectors, has an unparalleled originality, high quality production and unsurpassed creativity, which are internationally recognised. Often, however, this praise is not enough to create trading alliances and long term investment. Improving communication and synergies”, continues de Flines, “on an institutional level and in strategic sectors such as logistics and transport, fashion, food and infrastructure, can only guarantee interesting and profitable growth prospects for the economies of both countries”.