Friday, September 3, 2021 – 12.00 – 14.30
Jachthaven Hillegersberg Rotterdam

Annual meeting, lunch included

After two interesting Online meetings in March and June 2020 we are happy to have the opportunity to organise a meeting in real life, to see each other, to talk and share experiences we got during the last months.

An invitation and the needed documents has been sent to all members by mail.


June 7, 2021 – 11.30 – 12.30

Jan Valkier, Honorary Consul of Finland, Chief Executive Officer of Anthony Veder Group and “the Port Man of 2019, Vice-President of Royal Dutch Shipowners Association and holds additional positions at other companies and organisations as well. 

Bernard Menken, Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka, Managing director and owner Menken Maritiem, member of the city counsel of Wassenaar 

Union des Consuls à Rotterdam, founded on April 1906, celebrates this year her 115 years anniversary. A remarkable age and a remarkable achievement that we would like to celebrate together during a festive summer meeting in Rotterdam. More details will follow. As the association is built up by her members, we would like to put our members in the spotlight in an effort to bring you, our unique and diverse group of members. This meeting is the first one of a series that we would like to present in 2021. 


April 7, 2021 – 11.00 – 12.30

By Mr. Klaus Meyer-Cabri, Vice president Eurojust

As we cannot foresee how long the restrictions for meetings and gatherings in groups will be maintained we decided to organise our spring meeting online with a presentation on

Cybercrime and current trends. We are honoured that the vice-president of Eurojust, 

Mr. Klaus Meyer-Cabri, has accepted our invitation to address us on the importance of this extremely serious and hot topic. Eurojust helps national authorities cooperate to combat organised crimes involving more than one EU country and to make use of available cross border investigations tools. Eurojust also hosts the European Judicial Cybercrime network. 

An invitation to our members and invités will be sent by mail.


Looking back – Summer Meeting

JULY 24, 2020

Looking back to an interesting and very pleasant meeting, July 24 in Rotterdam.  

A nice opportunity and pleasure to see each other, to share experiences and last but not least to honour our distinguished board members whose term as board members has expired. 

Many consuls have been and still are intensively involved in supporting people and authorities from the representing countries during the corona period. It was very interesting to hear stories and share recent information. A few stories will be published as Blog articles on the website shortly.



Friday, 29 November
Jachthaven Hillegersberg, private Venue Rotterdam

Welcome by the new chairmen, Mr. Eliseo de la Fuente Gonzales and a very interesting presentation by Mr. Prof. Rob de Wijk, Center of Strategic Studies Presentation about the “The new world order” regarding the growing Chinese influence in the world. The Chinese world order is coming. In October 2017, President Xi outlined the route: if in 2049 the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary, its ‘ Chinese dream ‘ must have come true: China is the leader of the world. In A fascinating speech with many examples, Rob de Wijk argues that this will succeed. 

As a gift at the end of the year, all our members receive a signed exemplar of Rob van Wijk´ s book “The new world order”


Wednesday 27 November
Peace Palace the Hague

Organised by Corps Consulair Netherlands for the Dutch consuls and the colleagues from Belgium.  Seminar titled “The impact of geopolitical unrest and conflicts on commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations”, a visit to the Peace Palace in the Hague, seated déjeuner dînatoire.  Thanks to CC Nederland and Steven van Hoogstraten, former director Peace Palace, who made our visit at the temple of peace and justice possible and very interesting. 


Thursday, October 3
Port of Rotterdam / Havenbedrijf

The annual members meeting followed by a 

Presentation:  Development and challenges for a world class port by Mark Dijk, head of International Affairs Port of Rotterdam

With special attention for the international relations, the Brexit and the role of consuls for the region and the Port of Rotterdam. 

Followed by a lunch and discussion.


June 18
Restaurant Old Dutch Rotterdam

The board organized a farewell drink for the departing chairmen, Mr. Gustavo Leigdnadier, Consul General of Panama, who finished his appointment as Consul General of Panama in Rotterdam and returned to Panama.  

As appreciation for his involvement in the association and his work in Rotterdam, the board offered Mr.  Gustavo Leigdnadier a nice sculpture made by a Dutch artist.


April 18
Jachthaven Rotterdam

The Annual Meeting followed by a Presentation about Eurojust, guest speaker Mr.  Klaus Meyer-Cabri, vice/president Eurojust 

Eurojust – the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation – supports and strengthens coordination and cooperation between national investigating and prosecuting authorities. Eurojust assists prosecutors and other investigators from EU Member States in cases of serious crime where that crime affects two or more Member States, or requires prosecution on common bases. Crime areas Eurojust deals with; Cybercrime, Drug trafficking Financial crime Migrant smuggling Terrorism Trafficking in human beings.