In Retourtje Brussel, Chris Aalberts and Mendeltje van Keulen talk to Dutch nationals working in Brussels. This creates a colourful picture of how European cooperation takes shape in practice and how 'the Netherlands' influences it. That makes this book a must-read for professionals who come into contact with the EU and for anyone who wants to understand the EU better.
'Retourtje Brussel: hoe Nederlanders werken aan de Europese Unie' was written with Mendeltje van Keulen and is published by Boom Bestuurskunde. The book is available in bookshops (ISBN 9789462363236). There is also a digital version (ISBN: 9789400111783).
Saïd Fazili (Ministry of General Affairs): 'Countries never want to be isolated within the EU'
Martijn Grevink (European Commission): The Commission is usually at the table from the beginning to the end'
Anne-Margreet Sas (Permanent Representation): When you negotiate, you know: we have to do it together'
Lara Wolters (European Parliament): 'As rapporteur, you quickly receive twenty centimetres of amendments'
Mielle Bulterman (Ministry of Foreign Affairs): 'Every national judge is also a European judge'
Robert van Asten (Municipality of The Hague): 'It's useful if you have a player on the field in Brussels'
Niels Schreuder (AGC): 'The organisations you work for need to be convinced of your reliability'
Kysia Hekster (NOS): 'We barely manage to meet the demand for Brussels news'