Investment Opportunities in the Netherlands

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By the Netherlands
The Netherlands has signed IBOs with a large number of countries. You can consult the list on the UNCTAD's website. 
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
The Netherlands has not been involved in any case of disagreement concerning foreign investment up to now.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICCWBO , International court of arbitration, International chamber of commerce
WTO , World Trade Organization
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
The Netherlands has been a member since its creation.

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Netherlands OECD United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 4.0 6.0 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 4.0 5.2 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 6.0 6.8 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 4.7 6.0 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in the capital of a Dutch company is legal. Certain sectors such as telecommunications, banking and insurance require the granting of an authorization.
Obligation to Declare
No specific text of law regulates foreign direct investments. Their regime is adjusted the refine applied for national investments.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Dutch Ministry of Finance
Requests For Specific Authorizations
Not needed.
Find Investment Service Providers in the Netherlands on

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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions
Companies are ensured a wide selection of prime office space to rent or purchase. Over the last few years, prices have declined to a constant level while total available office space has increased to 5.8 million square meters at the end of 2004. This positive supply and demand dynamic is why the Netherlands ranks above most other EU nations for availability of prime, affordable office space.

With this high availability also comes greater flexibility in terms of negotiating lease terms, contract length and more. From high-rise and historic reconstruction in center city and urban environments to business parks and complexes in more suburban environments, the Netherlands offers you many location choices.

In addition, the Netherlands has fully furnished and equipped business support centers available for rent, enabling new companies to hit the ground running with minimal start-up costs. Office space in these centers may be rented by the hour, day, month, year or longer.

The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Risk of Expropriation
Expropriation would only take place in case of public interest and with adequate compensation. Up until now there have ben no expropriations recorded.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Concerning new businesses and investment incentives, investors can contact the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and the Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency.
Privileged Domains

Zones that are attractive to invest are the computer software, computer industries, chemicals, security equipment, medical equipment and pollution control (equipment) among others.
Laws and regulations that affect FDI apply equally to foreign and domestic companies.

Privileged Geographical Zones
Randstad area is the most interesting to invest in due to its location (near Schiphol Airport and the Rotterdam Port)
Free Zones
Organizations Which Finance
The Dutch national bank and the European bank loan at favorable rates.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Agroindustries, metal and engineering products, electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum, construction, microelectronics and fishing.
High Potential Sectors
Computer software, computer services, automotive parts and accessories, seaport & airport security equipment and systems, transport and distribution services, aircraft parts and associated equipment, medical equipment and supplies and pollution control equipment.
Privatization Programs
The energy and post market are in the process of privatization.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
EBP, Tenders and Projects in Netherlands
Tenders Info, Tenders in Netherlands
Ted - Tenders Electronic daily, Business opportunities in EU 27
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Gambling industry
Sectors in Decline
Agriculture and fishery

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