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Masterclass Lobbying by Dröge & Van Drimmelen

On June 12, SIB organized a masterclass about Lobbying. The masterclass was given by Sander des Tombe, an advisor working at Dröge & Van Drimmelen. This firm is specialized in advising clients in developing and implementing public affairs strategies and in their corporate communication. Dröge & Van Dimmelen has offices in The Hague, Brussels, and Shanghai.

Sanders started by explaining what Public affairs entail:

“Public affairs is the professional and transparent representation of interests whereby the organization is continuously involved in the political and social decision-making processes.”

Public Affairs is about communication: conveying a message, exchanging information, developing and maintaining relationships. Furthermore, public Affairs translates the (organizational) interest into the political and social interest, and vice versa. Finally, timing is essential in public affairs. Knowledge of procedures and processes, political insight, consideration of interests and coalitions is required to advise clients in a good way.

After explaining the scope of public affairs, Sander set out the four basic question in order to start a lobby.

  1. What is your goal?
  2. Who do you need?
  3. With what message (s) do you reach your target groups?
  4. Which instruments are appropriate?

By following these steps one is able to organize a well thought out strategy to reach a goal. This was also the moment Sander provided us with a case-study about cryptocurrencies. In smaller groups, students had to think of a campaign against the bringing the Bitcoin under the Dutch Financial Supervision Act. We had to make an action plan and think who to speak within The Hague. Which organizations might be involved? How do you approach people to make your point effectively? How can you strengthen your message?

It was nice to see the wide range of ideas students came up with. After the masterclass was finished we thanked Sander for his giving this instructive and interactive masterclass and went to the bar for some drinks.

ByWeb editor SIB

SIB goes to the Palestinian Mission in The Hague

Last Monday, SIB went to the Palestinian Mission in The Hague. At 11 o’clock we entered the premises and coffee and tea was offered to us. After a few minutes the Head of Mission, Mrs. Rawan Sulaiman came in and welcomed us. She started with introducing herself and told us something her personal life and how she became Head of Mission.

After that, she started telling about the current situation in Gaza. On Thursday, a memorial would be held at the Mission, for all the victims and the dead caused by Israeli violence in Gaza.
Mrs Sulaiman was very delighted hearing that the ICC prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes committed by the Israeli army in occupied Palestinian territory. Furthermore, she was glad that the Prosecutor had released a Statement in which said: “any new alleged crime committed in the context of the situation in Palestine may be subjected to my Office’s scrutiny”. Mrs. Sulaiman emphasized that the crimes committed by the Israeli forces should not go unpunished and that justice should prevail.

Having discussed the recent events, Mrs Sulaiman started explaining the broader political scope of the Mission. A two-state solution between Israel and Palestine should be reached fast. Although the fact that Mrs. Sulaiman is an optimistic woman, she was not very hopeful that this would happen anywhere soon. The asymmetrical relation between both parties, by which Israel is occupying Palestine, is the reason for that. The growing numbers of settlements on Palestinian territories is not an indication for peace, according to Mrs. Sulaiman.
Furthermore, the occupation imposes a heavy cost on the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which might otherwise reach twice its current size. A report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) noted that: “Fifty years have passed since Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; five decades of de-development, suppressed human potential and denial of the right to development, with an economy incapable of employing one third of its workforce and featuring extremely high unemployment among women and youth“.

Finally, Mrs. Sulaiman pointed out that the Netherlands can play an important role in the conflict. The Netherlands is an important player within the EU and since it is a member of the Security Council it can do even more. The Head of mission hopes that the UN will do more to help the Palestinian people, but she is afraid that nothing will come out of the Security Council, because the United States has a veto.

At the end, there was a lot of room for questions, especially relating Palestinian refugees. Some people even told about their personal experiences with individual refugees. Mrs. Sulaiman explained that the Palestinian Mission can help these people and they should contact the consular section.

After an interesting session at the Palestinian Mission, we went to Café Dudok for a nice cup of coffee.

BySIB Webredactie

Visit to the Greek Embassy

On Thursday 21 September, the CEA organises a visit to the Greek embassy. We have a meeting with the Greek ambassador, H.E. Mr. Dimitrios Chronopoulos, in the morning at his residence in The Hague. There are only a limit number of places available, so note this date in your agenda and keep an eye on our Facebook page at the end of August for the details of this visit and the application form. Hope to see you there!