Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Trinidad and Tobago

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Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Trinidad and Tobago

69-71 Edward Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

(+1-868) 625-1210 Ambassador's Office:

Ext. 0 217202

August 14, 2015 On the commemoration of the signing of the visa waiver agreement between Trinidad and Tobago and the European Union, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Winston Dookeran met with the Heads of Missions of the European Union based Port of Spain at a business luncheon. Citizens of other countries who legally reside in Trinidad and Tobago and to whom the European Union's Visa Waiver is not applicable, must acquire a Schengen Visa to travel to the Netherlands.

August 14, 2015 What does the Presidency do? The main job of the Presidency is to mediate and seek compromises about decisions that the 28 EU member states have to make together. It also mediates between EU institutions like the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The Presidency draws up the agenda of the Council of the EU and chairs its meetings. The Dutch ministers chair the ministerial councils that concern their policy areas. The European Council is made up of the heads of government or heads of state, and is chaired by the permanent Council president. The Foreign Affairs Council is chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. So the Presidency does not chair the meetings of these two Councils. The Presidency of the Council of the EU rotates every six months. Member states take turns holding the Presidency. This will be the Netherlands' 12th term. The last time the Netherlands held the Presidency was in 2004.