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A Discussion with Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, currently holding the EU Presidency


Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 2:15-3:45 PM
Location: Atrium, School of International Service
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Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and currently holding the European Union presidency, will speak at the School of International Service Atrium to address Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni. Mr. Rutte will discuss the Dutch priorities during its presidency of the EU and the strong bilateral ties between the Netherlands and the United States founded on shared values and history. The Netherlands is a trading nation that blossomed from a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and that is rooted in strong beliefs of security, freedom and justice. Mark Rutte has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010. The Netherlands currently holds the EU Presidency until the end of June. Prime Minister Rutte is known for his passion for education.

Mr. Rutte served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from 2002 to 2004. His business-like, no-nonsense approach helped him to steer the "Work and Social Assistance Act" through parliament. He also held the position of State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science from 2004 to 2006.

Mr. Rutte is passionate about personal freedom and giving people the opportunity "to make the most of life," as he always says. He is well known for his pragmatism, optimism and energy, and he strongly believes in the power of education. For many years he has served as a guest teacher at a high school in The Hague, his home town, every Thursday morning.

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