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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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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OpenArtCode and Palazzo Gaddi/Arrighetti Florence

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Yesterday we enjoyed a very nice tour at the Florence Openartcode, with personal presence artist Jacques Demotier and explanation of Dr Vito Abba. Beautiful artwork, very diverse and wonderfully colorful. Then tour of Palazzo Gaddi/Arrighetti, the antique rooms from 1586 … and the roof terrace!

We wish to thank @studioabba and DA @palazzogaddi and Leontine Streefkerk for a great day!

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NRBC Evening on E-commerce and opportunities in the Dutch-Italian commercial business

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The NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club organized a club meeting at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Rome.

Inspiring speakers Olaf Bussink (https://www.teamitalia.nl) and Godelieve Cooymans (Proaxxes Srl www.proaxxes.com ) held presentations on E-commerce in Italy and opportunities in the Dutch-Italian commercial business sector.

The speakers are not only involved in giving advice to Italian counterparts on business opportunities with the Netherlands, but also in commercial development of Dutch products’ sales and services in Italy.

After the presentations there was time to network with the NRBC members and new attendees, both Dutch and Italian, while enjoying a buffet-dinner offered by the Ambassador.

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Invitation King’s Day reception in Rome

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We are pleased to invite, on behalf of Ambassador Joep Wijnands and his wife Carmen, all members of the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, who have paid their membership for 2018, to the King’s Day reception, which will be held on Thursday 26 April at the residence of the Ambassador.

If you would you like to receive an invitation for the reception, please let us know before 31 March sending an e-mail to info@nrbc.it.

Are you not yet a member of the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club and do you wish to become one? Please contact us at info@nrbc.it

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NRBC Florence 23 May 2017 – ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ The Student Hotel Florence.

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Last Tuesday May 23rd, members of the NRBC were invited for the ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ through The Student Hotel, to be opened this autumn in Florence.

Later this year, infact, The Student Hotel will be unveiling a seriously cool project: a game-changing hotel and co-living hybrid, with 370 hotel rooms for business and leisure travelers, expats, global nomads and students, complete with an in-house gym, rooftop pool, co-working spaces, bar-restaurant, and much more.
With nine hotels built, eight under construction, and 41 to be open by 2021 The Student Hotel aims to be the world’s largest Complete Connected Community for co-living and co-working. Florence is the first opening of this amazing concept in Italy. More Italian cities will follow in the next future, such as Rome, Bologna and Torino.

Before the start of the Hard Hat Tour, an interesting presentation on the concept was given by Frank Uffen (Director of Partnerships, The Student Hotel) and Marc Sampietro (Regional Operations Director TSH Italy). Pre-tour drinks and bites were perfectly organized by NRBC member Miriam Welsing and her team of the company MIRacoli.

MIRacoli has for this occasion managed to use a private courtyard within walking distance of The Student Hotel, transformed into a colorful reception area, entirely in the colors of TSH.

After the delicious drinks and bites, guests in small groups were personally guided by the staff of TSH to and through the impressive complex under construction of the ‘Palazzo del Sonno’ in Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, including a roof top swimming pool with a breath-taking view on Florence and the surrounding hills.

The Student Hotel in Florence will open its first student rooms this autumn, while the official opening of the entire building is planned for spring 2018.

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Rome 22 May 2017 – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy

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On May 22, 2017, the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, a very interesting and successful networking evening at the residence of his Excellency, Ambassador Joep Wijnands.

The topic of the evening was be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored that we had the following important speakers among us:

– Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of The Student Hotel (TSH). TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Mr. Uffen illustrated us shortly how concepts like TSH (hybrid hotel/student residence) can stimulate the economy in a city district. The Student Hotel is currently working on new locations in Bologna, Florence and Rome.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate company of the Italian railways). Mr. De Vito showed us redevelopment proposals of the seven “railway areas” in downtown Milan from various international architecture firms, including Mecanoo, a well-known Dutch architecture firm based in Delft, the Netherlands.

 Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A. Mr. Belli presented briefly the role of his fund management company (which is owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, ACRI and ABI) as a potential partner for (i) the Italian public administrations (in order to boost tourism by investing in infrastructure), (ii) hotel management companies (to support growth through the separation of Opco’s/Propco’s and to favor new openings), and (iii) institutional investors (to jointly invest in tourism real estate).

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR. Prof. Paolo Desideri shared three innovative projects realized by his firm in Italy, among which the new high-speed railway station of Rome Tiburtina. NRBC member Gijs Pyckevet, who works at ABDR, has actively participated in the design of this project.

– Adolfo F.L. Baratta, Associate Professor in Architecture Technology, Department of Architecture of the Roma Tre University. Prof. Baratta gave us a brief overview of the development of the Erasmus program in numbers of students moving within Europe in relation to student housing available in the various European cities and the Italian legal framework for the (co)financing of student residences.

Slides of the speakers’ presentations can be requested by sending an e-mail to: info@nrbc.it

The NRBC thanks Ambassador Wijnands and his wife Carmen for their hospitality and having contributed in a major manner to a very successful and wonderful evening at their residence in Rome.

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