King and Queen of the Netherlands visited Mecklenburg – Vorpommern and Brandenburg

What was discussed by the Royal couple in the North East of Germany?

June 04th, 2019
Anastasia Petrova, News from Berlin
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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima paid a working visit from 20th May to 22nd May 2019 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. They were accompanied by Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, and Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, who led economic missions on the shipbuilding and creative industries. Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld participated in a discussion on German-Dutch cooperation in international missions.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were welcomed by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and her husband Stefan Schwesig to the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Monday morning. After the welcome talk, they continued to the Orangerie in Schwerin Castle, where the Prime Minister held lunch in honor of the royal couple. King Willem-Alexander and the Prime Minister gave a speech. This is followed by a visit to the state parliament.

At the end of their visit to the countryside in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Tuesday the Royal Couple learned about telemedicine care. Then Willem-Alexander and Máxima drove on to Potsdam. In Bollewick on the Mecklenburg Lake District, the last stop of the journey through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, more than 100 people had greeted the royal couple. Together with Schwerin's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) and experts, Willem-Alexander and Máxima looked at a fictitious accident situation with telemedicine care. The woman had "severe leg injuries" from a "camber" and was examined by paramedics, who were in turn by radio and screen in communication with a doctor. The woman was then cared for by a doctor. "This is a good example of how we can meet the ten minute deadline for accidents and maintain emergency care," Schwesig said later.

In general, the head of government drew a positive conclusion of the two-day visit of Willem-Alexander and Máxima. "We exchanged views on shipbuilding, coastal defense and rural areas and this was accompanied by meetings," explained Schwesig. This deepens the relations with the Netherlands, which are (after Poland) Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's most important economic partner.

“The Royal Couple has been particularly interested in German efforts to compete with the Asian market," said shipyard chief Peter Fetten. One of the most important steps towards competitiveness is the automation and improvement of many work steps. "The Dutch are so close to our thinking and acting that we may be able to learn something new," said Fetten. This was served by a maritime symposium of companies from both countries. The program also included a short conversation with 21-year-old Fabian Jux, who talked about the special nature of the dual study program currently being completed by 30 young people at the shipyard.

Prime Minister Schwesig, who said goodbye to Willem-Alexander and Máxima with her husband Stefan in Bollewick, was very impressed by the cordial way in which the inhabitants met the royal couple everywhere in the northeast. In Bollewick, for example, a number of day care children wanted to "see a queen." "But she has no crown on," complained a four-year-old. The queen wore a hat.


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