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Electrification of Transport – Are we ready to take charge of the future?
On January 13, 2021 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very proud to host Johan Uhlin Managing Director  Scania Production Zwolle B.V. and Janko van der Baan Managing Director Scania Benelux | Management Team Scania Belgium NV-SA | Scania Nederland BV | Scania Luxembourg SA for a webinar on the Electrification of Transport. We would like to thank Janko van der Baan for his highly interesting presentation and all guests for their active participation and questions, making this Roud table webinar to a huge success.
  The electrification of transport is an important step for a more sustainable world.  A successful industry transition depends on a delicate balance between both environmental and business sustainability, as well as maturity in technology and infrastructure. A balance best achieved together with producers, customers, and partners in energy and infrastructure. Electrification of the heavy commercial truck fleet is decisive in reaching the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to well below 2°C.  E-vehicles will therefore increasingly be an attractive option.
 
Conclusions by Janko van der Baan
  • Sustainability is essential for our future business
  • Connectivity plays an important role in efficient transport
  • Energy efficiency can also be achieved with here and now solutions
  • Here and now energy is the transition to a sustainable future
  • Scania takes its responsibility into the sustainable future
    On September 15, 2020 Scania launched its first range of electric trucks. The high-performance plug-in hybrid and fully electric trucks initially focus on urban applications.          

Keynote Speakers:

Johan Uhlin Managing Director  Scania Production Zwolle B.V.

Janko van der Baan Managing Director Scania Benelux | Management Team Scania Belgium NV-SA | Scania Nederland BV | Scania Luxembourg SA

 
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Netherlands to remain in lockdown until at least 9 February inclusive
The number of people in the Netherlands becoming infected with coronavirus is falling slightly. This shows the lockdown is starting to work. Our next task is to bring about far larger and quicker reductions in daily infection rates, so that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units also comes down. The government has therefore decided that the Netherlands will remain in lockdown until at least 9 February inclusive. This means we must have as little contact with others as possible, so that the virus cannot spread as quickly. That way we can ensure healthcare services remain available to all. This is especially important given the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus, which the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) is now studying. The government has also asked the OMT to examine the potential benefits of more far-reaching measures such as a curfew.
Vaccination against COVID-19 has now started in the Netherlands. That means that we are now entering a new phase in this crisis. But unfortunately this does not mean that we can lift all the measures currently in place. Most people are still at risk and many people in the Netherlands are still infectious. The measures cannot therefore be relaxed in any way if we are to combat the spread of coronavirus. The basic rules can only be set aside once the vast majority of people in the Netherlands have been vaccinated.  

Overview of measures

Until at least 9 February 2021 the current measures will continue to apply:
  • Stay at home. You should only go outside to buy essentials, to get some fresh air, to walk the dog, to go to work if you cannot work from home or to provide essential informal care or support.
  • Only receive visitors at home if this is absolutely necessary. If you decide to have visitors, you are urgently advised to receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 or over.
  • Work from home. Only people whose presence is essential to operational processes and who cannot do their work from home can go to work.
  • Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with 1 other person.
  • Some locations are closed:
    • Shops (except those selling essentials like food)
    • Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments.
    • Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.
    • Zoos, amusement parks, etc.
    • Indoor sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas etc.
    • Restaurants and cafes
  • Hotels are open, but hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available.
  • Adults can exercise alone or with one other person, and only outside. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outside.
  • Use public transport for essential travel only.
  • Do not travel abroad and do not books trips abroad until 31 March.
  • Only medical professionals and allied health professionals may carry out work that involves close contact with clients or patients.
Until at least 8 February, educational institutions will provide most teaching remotely. Secondary schools can offer practical training, school exams for pupils in the upper years and lessons for pupils with upcoming final exams on site. Secondary vocational schools (MBO), higher professional education institutions (HBO) and universities can offer exams and practical training on site. All educational institutions can make exceptions to provide support to vulnerable children or students. Daycare and out-of-school care centres will remain closed during this period. The OMT will be issuing advice on the effects of the ‘British variant’ of coronavirus on children. On the basis of this advice the government will decide if and when primary schools and childcare centres can reopen. For children , emergency childcare is available at their primary school, daycare centre and/or out-of-school care centre. Parents are urged to use emergency childcare only if they have no other option.   https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2021/01/12/netherlands-to-remain-in-lockdown-until-at-least-9-february-inclusive  
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Bolagsverket, the Swedish Companies Registration Office
Search for business information At the Swedish Companies Registration Office´s website (Bolagsverket) you will find the latest information about enterprises and persons in Sweden and the rest of Europe.  
The Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket) creates the conditions needed for establishing trust within the business sector. Our primary role is to register company information and make it available, which contributes value to society.
We will provide good conditions for business. We want to create a good infrastructure for growth and give enterprising individuals the indications they need for achieving their dreams. We are working with other government agencies in order to reach these goals. Bolagsverket registers new companies, changes in company information and annual reports. You can also search for and purchase company information from our registers. Working together with others, we help to make life simpler for companies and those doing business. Starting a company should be simple, quick and easy to do correctly. We therefore provide information and digital services to help businesses. On verksamt.se you can read more about how to start and run a business, writing a business plan and sending in an application to start a business. For those already running businesses, we offer services such as our app. You can log in and see current details about your business, keep track of what is going on in the business, register a new address and download your certificate of registration or annual report. And it is quick, easy and free of charge. Bolagsverket is situated in Sundsvall and has approximately 600 employees. The agency is largely financed by fees, which means that rather than taxpayers funding us, we charge fees for what we do. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us by phone, email or by filling in the contact us form on our website. We are here to help you. Annika Stenberg, Director General Bolagsverket
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Verksamt.se Government service for business
At Verksamt.se you find important government information to entrepreneurs due to the coronavirus.  On this website four government agencies – the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Public Employment Agency – have brought together and structured information and services of value to you. Here you will find information due to the coronavirus, which is important for you to know about as a business owner or information if you are a foreign citizen and want to start your own business in Sweden, . These pages are continuously updated. www.verksamt.se
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State of European Tech Report 2020

The most comprehensive dataset of Europe’s tech ecosystem, by Atomico, in partnership with Slush and Orrick and with support from Silicon Valley Bank. Live now.

  Two Sweden based firms topped the list in what's set to be a record year for capital investments i European tech, according to the Atomico State of European Tech report that came out last week. Megarounds for Klarna ($650 million) and Northvolt ($600 million) were the continent's two biggest investments of the year.   Read the report here  
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Christmas Greetings!
Dear Members, The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our society and the past year has  been a stressful and very concerning time for our members and today, as we speak, in the Netherlands we are finding ourselves in a heavily regulated lock down situation. If you need a sparring partner and/or professional juridical or financial advice, the Chamber has a wide range of professionals and companies in our network who can offer help and support to you and your business. Many of those professionals are working bilateral and are aware of the rules and regulations both in Sweden and the Netherlands. Send an email to info@swedishchamber.nl and we are happy to connect you. For the Chamber 2020 has been a lesson in transformation and adaption. We organized more than 50 business programs this year, most of them online, and  we were able to welcome more participants both locally and internationally. We have connected and promoted or member companies and led the way to many new collaborations and business opportunities. The past year has teach us about being agile, the power of collaboration and a strong business communitiy. We are grateful for the fantastic team spirit during the past year and the close connection with all our members. For 2021 we are launching a series of new Business Programs encouraging Business Networking, Matchmaking and to connecting you with the relevant business network. We are are looking forward to continue to support, promote and to help your business to grow and to offer trainings and courses as well as onboarding to the Dutch Market. We are welcoming you to participate in our program by and for our Member companies including:
  • Round Tables in Tech to discuss topics as Tech Talents, The Tech Landscape Sweden  - Netherlands,  Women in Tech and Tech for Good
  • HR Tables – to discuss the  role of the new Leadership,  the continuation, challenges and opportunities with mixed office presence, Business Culture course Sweden – NL offering all you need to know about setting up company, employment law, corporate tax, pensions, housing and business culture among others.
  • Executive Roundtables where we are meeting the leaders and innovative inspirators of tomorrow to discuss  the future of business and recovery of economy and society.
  • A Gender Balance Summit Sweden – Netherlands to exchange experiences, learn from, and listen to each other, meet role models and to inspire to change and improvements.
  • As you all know we have postponed the 60th Anniversary of the Swedish Chamber until November  18, 2021. Please mark the date in your  agenda already and we are looking forward to celebrate  the Swedish Innovation & Sustainably Forum and Gala Dinner together, to discuss the newest business trends and developments and to highlighting as many of our innovative companies as possible and to promote trade and experience exchange between Sweden and the  Netherlands.
  • We are continuing our successful By Members for Members formats where experts within our network is sharing information with an interest and benefit for fellow members. We are also continuing presenting a Women Business Program, Mentorship Program and Young Professionals Program as well as fruitful collaborations with our peers within the Chambers Network.
For more information of all our events and activities for 2021 we welcome you to visit our  Event Series page Event Series – Swedish Chamber of Commerce.   We are very pleased to invite you to contact us for collaboration or to participate as partner,  speaker, sponsor or if you have ideas for topics. Welcome to contact Kerstin Gerlagh, General Manager Swedish Chamber, kersin.gerlagh@swedishchamber.nl Sweden’s unique focus on innovation, sustainability, and equality has created a highly dynamic economy and forms the backbone of the Swedish Chamber. We are looking forward to a more extensive collaboration with the Swedish Chambers International to continue increasing and branding the unique global Swedish business network that we have been for more than 100 years together and to help our members to grow their business internationally. We are also looking forward to continued collaboration with the Swedish Embassy and Team Sweden, The Nordic Chambers and Embassies in the Netherlands and to build on many more business relations with impact and value for our members. Thank you  all for your loyal support and contribution to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in 2020, We wish you all a prosperous 2021 and we are looking forward to continue to featuring and growing a powerful Swedish – Dutch Business Network together! God Jul och Gott Nytt År! Take care and Stay Safe, Yours sincerely, Ehsan Turabaz                                                                 Kerstin Gerlagh Chairman                                                                       General Manager Swedish Chamber of Commerce                               Swedish Chamber of  Commerce Netherlands                                                                  Netherlands                                        
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Sweden and the Netherlands in the top of countries most likely to recover economically from the pandemic

Out of 37 countries, the Netherlands has come in as fourth most likely to recover financially from the coronavirus crisis. This is according to the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

  The top three countries are Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. After the Netherlands, China comes in at number 5, then Canada, followed by New Zealand in seventh.  

This is how countries can rebuild competitive economies for people and planet by Saadia Zahidi Managing Director, World Economic Forum

 
  • A country’s economic competitiveness must include how well it supports and protects its people and the planet.
  • According to the Global Competitiveness Report Special Edition 2020, which analysed 37 countries for their readiness for economic transformation, growth and productivity alone are not enough.
  • With equality and the environment front and centre, the priorities for policy-makers are: long-term resilience; education, skills and care; future-ready markets; and innovation.
As 2020 comes to a close, countries are looking to what lies ahead in 2021.  
Facing the ongoing public health crisis of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s lasting effects on the global economy, policy-makers around the world must take this moment to reflect not just on the immediate recovery, but on how this time can be used to transform their economic systems.
Growth and productivity alone are not enough, without addressing inequality and the environment. There is a need to shift policies so that economies make sustainability and social inclusion central to how they function. This requires not just policies to manage environmental externalities or to build safety nets for people, but also those to spur investments that create the greener, fairer and people-focused markets of tomorrow. In other words, a country’s economic competitiveness must include how well it supports and protects its people and the planet.
  Read the article and the full report 2020 here:          
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Lockdown in order to minimise contact between peopl
Coronavirus is once again spreading rapidly. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of infections, with figures up to around 9,000 per day. The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and care homes is also rising. That has an impact on healthcare in general; more than one million routine hospital procedures have had to be postponed. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to trace the source of an infection. But one thing is clear: the more people a person comes into contact with, the greater their chance of being infected. In order to ensure normal healthcare services can continue, we must take action and limit our contact with other people as much as possible. This is why the Netherlands will go into its strictest lockdown yet from 15 December until at least Tuesday 19 January.
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