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Welcome at the website of the The Netherlands Roman Business Club (NRBC).

The Netherlands Roman Business Club (NRBC) is a non-profit association which has the aim of fostering business ties between The Netherlands and Central Italy.

For more information about the NRBC, please click here.

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NRBC Evening Rome “Brexit”

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Last Wednesday, NRBC Rome held a special evening regarding the much debated and current topic “Brexit”. The very interesting and well attended evening was hosted by the Dutch Ambassador, Mr. Joost Flamand, Deputy Ambassador Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, Head of the Economic Department, Claudia Pieterse,  and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts.

Miles Johnson, Financial Times’ Bureau Chief in Rome, spoke about the recent history leading up to Brexit, the current developments, his expectations about the position of the UK post Brexit and about the future of London as one of Europe’s financial centers. Laura Travaglini, Public Policy and Customs Manager of the employers’ association Confindustria, illustrated the current trade effects of the upcoming Brexit and the various scenarios and operative implications for EU companies that export to the UK, including customs’ issues.

We learned that notwithstanding the Brexit, London will remain a very important financial capital. One of the reasons being that certain operators in the City’s financial sector have have gained experiences and produced financial products in a manner that has not yet been matched by other European financial centers.

The public was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the export from Italy to the UK has substantially increased this current year. This can be explained by the fact that the Italian manufacturers are increasing their international sales in general and that the UK companies are creating supply storages to overcome the difficult times immediately after the Brexit.

We warmly thank Mr. Johnson and Ms. Travaglini for their interesting presentations and Ambassador Joost Flamand and his staff for their hospitality and support.

 The NRBC Board

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NRBC evening about Brexit – 13 November next

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The Board is extremely pleased to announce a special evening to be held in Rome on 13 November 2019 regarding a much debated and current topic: Brexit.

We have been able to invite two very interesting speakers; Miles Johnson, Financial Times’ Bureau Chief in Rome, who will speak about the recent history leading up to Brexit, the current developments, the position of the UK post Brexit and the future of London as one of Europe’s financial centers, plus Laura Travaglini, trade advisor of the employers’ association Confindustria, who will illustrate various scenarios and operative implications for EU companies that export to the UK (including customs’ issues).

The evening will be held on 13 November next. For information and registration send an email to info@nrbc.it not later than 8 November.

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30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome

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On 24 October 2019, the Board of the NRBC was largely represented at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome. Special speaker of the evening was Mrs. Marry de Gaay Fortman, Partner of the known law firm Houthoff, President of the Dutch association “Stichting Topvrouwen” and author of the book “Verdrink geen dooie eend”.  The subject of her talk was: “De Kunst van de Beminnelijke Doeltreffendheid” (The Art of Amiable Effectiveness). Marry spoke about her career as a woman in a men’s world. The most important suggestions were: don’t waste energy on negative situations or sleepers – “dead ducks” – and never underestimate the power of amiability.

Marry de Gaay Fortman


As said, the Dutch Praatcafé is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, so it was also a very festive evening. Certain persons received a Praatcafé award, such as NRBC Treasurer Claudia de Regt for all she has done for the Praatcafé and the Dutch community in Rome during the last 20 years.

Mr. Marius de Gaay Fortman and Mrs. Claudia de Regt

We thank the organiser of the Dutch Praatcafé, Marius de Gaay Fortman (and also his wife Sonneke), for the kind invitation and for a great and inspiring evening, which was also the perfect occasion for meeting new people and catching up with old friends! 

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Women for Future

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Angela Mannaerts, President of the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, had the honour to be invited by Samuel Pengel, Country Manager Global Italy of Atradius, to participate in the event Women for Future organized by the Marcegaglia Foundation.

Prominent personalities from the Italian entrepreneurial world met on Wednesday 2 October 2019 in an exceptional location, the Italian Galleries in Piazza della Scala, one of the most important museums in the central Milan area.

It was a special evening of meeting, networking and solidarity in favor of the Marcegaglia Foundation projects, in particular the new ECD Early Childhood Development Center in Rwanda, a center that will welcome 100 children from 3 to 6 years and their mothers for educational activities and prevention of malnutrition.

The gala evening was also an opportunity to present the cultural and educational projects implemented by the Marcegaglia group on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its activities.

Photo: Mrs. Angela Mannaerts (President NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club and Mr. Johan O. Verboom (Consul-General of the Netherlands in Milan) at the Women for Future event of the Marcegaglia Foundation.

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Sanpaolo Invest meets the companies: services and opportunities

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On 26 September our Rome based member Eric van Craaikamp, Private Banker at SanPaolo Invest, co-organized an exclusive event at Palazzo Brancaccio “Sanpaolo Invest meets the companies: services and opportunities “, followed by a cocktail dinner.

Through the Private Wealth Management division of the Bank,  useful services were presented exclusively to high level companies and their entrepreneurs as well professionals with undisputed ability who follow and advise these entrepreneurs and companies. This presentation was followed by the management’s launch of a new Private Equity Fund.

NRBC members Angela Mannaerts and Paolo Mascagna had the honour to be invited and wish to thank Eric for the possibility of participating in this successful and very interesting (networking) event.

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Fascinating evening about Italian banking sector held at Dutch Embassy with Rabobank and ING

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Last Wednesday, NRBC Rome held its first event of 2019.

The very well attended evening was hosted by the Dutch Embassy’s Deputy Ambassador, Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, its Head of the Economic Department, Claudia Pieterse, and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts.

Evert-Jan Breman, General Manager of Rabobank in Italy, held a presentation with the title “Italian banks: A political or an asset problem?” and Paolo Pizzoli, Senior Economist of ING in Italy, gave a presentation entitled “Italy: Flirting with recession”. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion with the participants, including representatives of other Embassies and of Italian banks.

It was fascinating to look at this sector through the eyes of a banker and a macro-economist. Some of the end conclusions were that the view on the Italian banking system and its economy should not be too pessimistic:  the amount of non-performing loans held by Italian banks has been substantially decreased in the last years and Italy is still, after Germany, the second largest manufacturing country of Europe.

We warmly thank Messrs. Breman and Pizzoli for their interesting lectures and Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, Mrs. Claudia Pieterse and their colleagues of the Embassy for their hospitality.

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NRBC ORGANIZED A SUCCESFUL GET-TOGETHER WITH DUTCH FASHION DESIGNER ADDY VAN DEN KROMMENACKER IN THE BEAUTIFUL PALAZZO BRANCACCIO IN ROME

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Yesterday, the NRBC organized a meeting with the iconic women’s clothing designer from The Netherlands before his show, that was part of the part of the international fashion designers’ show of World of Fashion.

During the get-together, Addy will spoke about his career, his collections and his feminine dresses, that are worn by stars all over the world and by members of the Dutch Royal Family.

The NRBC members and their guests attended subsequently the international fashion designers’ show of World of Fashion, which started with Addy’s wonderful Out of Africa collection. Addy found inspiration for such collection during the journey to Uganda that he made after his good friend and muse, the singer and TV personality Sandra Reemer, an Ambassador for the Liliane fund, had passed away.

The show was held in the beautiful Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome, a very elegant noble palace built at the end of the 1800s.

We thank Addy for the time he dedicated to us, his willingness to describe his career and professional life to us and giving us the possibility to participate as guests in the World of Fashion.

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NRBC Florence evening with Landmerk in The Student Hotel

NRBC Florence organized for the Florence based members a very successful evening with Landmerk that took place in The Student Hotel in Florence. The presentation of Jordi Wiersma,
co-founder of Landmerk, turned, to the pleasant surprise of the participants, into a real…

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NRBC Florence organized for the Florence based members a very successful evening with Landmerk that took place in The Student Hotel in Florence.

The presentation of Jordi Wiersma, co-founder of Landmerk, turned, to the pleasant surprise of the participants, into a real workshop. Ideas were exchanged, new relationships were created as well as collaborations around the activities of Jordi Wiersma and his colleagues.

Landmerk is busy setting up a new training course for professionals coming from the business world and for university students and students in general. This fact gave the participants sufficient material to think, suggest and discuss about during the animated dinner that took place afterwards in the Bistrot of The Student Hotel. The participants really appreciated brainstorming together and this was big fun!

We warmly thank Jordi Wiersma and his colleagues of Landmerk for the stimulating evening and The Student Hotel Florence for its hospitality!

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Save the Date Rome

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We are pleased to announce the first Rome based NRBC evening of 2019 on 30 January next.
 
The evening, which will be hosted by the Dutch Embassy’s Minister, Mrs. Dewi van de Weerd, its Head of the Economic Department, Claudia Pieterse, and the NRBC President, Angela Mannaerts, will concentrate on the banks.
 
Evert-Jan Breman, General Manager of Rabobank in Italy, and Paolo Pizzoli, Senior Economist of ING Bank in Italy, will hold a presentation, in addition to representatives of probably one or two Italian banks. 

Please note the date in your agenda and more information will follow in January.

  We wish you a wonderful New Year and look forward to toasting with you to 2019!

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