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Climate policy is made in Brussels and by the national governments of EU member states. Do the regions have any say at all in this matter? Yes, says David Pappie (EZK), director of Top Sectors and Industrial Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate in The Netherlands.
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“Ultimately, everything lands in the region, in a province, a business cluster or a city,” he says. “The challenge also differs by region. The provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, for example, have characteristics that help make the transition successful in certain industries, where it would be more difficult elsewhere. Think of strong agricultural and chemical sectors and the availability of a natural gas infrastructure that can be converted to hydrogen. Especially in the chemical clusters, there is a lot of potential for companies to work together. We believe in that. And sometimes it does rub off. That is why it is so important to optimise national policy from within the region together with all stakeholders. That is the strength of climate policy in the Netherlands.

Read the full interview with David Pappie, Henk Brink (Drenthe deputy) and IJzebrand Rijzebol (Groningen deputy) in Agro&Chemistry.

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