About NL Agency
NL Agency is the Dutch governmental organisation that implements policy in relation to sustainability, innovation and international business. Within these three areas, NL Agency works on behalf of the government to bring about targeted change in the Netherlands. It serves as an intermediary between the government and society. The most important target groups are entrepreneurs, researchers and decentralised authorities.
NL Agency falls under the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Through its international network, website and database, NL Agency - acting closely with the Dutch Diplomatic Missions and Netherlands Business Support Offices - is able to provide useful business leads and contacts. In addition, it supplies detailed information regarding the Dutch economy. NL Agency's staff has in-depth knowledge of international markets and is well positioned to bring Dutch companies in contact with international trade experts, decision makers, potential customers and partners in overseas markets.
NL Agency offers four categories of service which help bring about change within society. The type of service is selected in order to obtain the best match between the policy aim and the commissioning party and the actual context in which the target groups operate.
- Information & advice:
International business, intellectual property, sustainable energy, implementation of environmental policy, EU framework programme.
Credit, scale stimulation and subsidies for entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, international business and collaboration.
(International) matchmaking between companies, attracting foreign investments, trade missions, energy efficiency for business, sustainability for municipalities and provinces.
- Implementing the law and regulations:
Environmental and sustainability performance, waste and soil policy and patents.
Answers for Business
'Answers for Business' (in Dutch: Antwoord voor Bedrijven) is also part of NL Agency. This organisation provides businesses with information about Dutch government permits, laws and subsidies and thus also on the programmes and schemes of NL Agency. Furthermore, NL Agency works closely with Syntens, the national innovation network for entrepreneurs.