As promised during the Mayor’s meeting for the British community in Amsterdam, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has sent out a number of letters stating his support for British citizens in the Netherlands and asking for collaboration in securing their future status.
The letters were sent out to the mayors of the European capitals taking part in the EU Capitals Mayors’ Meeting and to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission; Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister; Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
In the letters, Mayor van der Laan stressed the status of Amsterdam as a dynamic, international and welcoming city, saying “migration is part of our DNA and as a European capital city we feel responsible for all our residents, including those with an international background.”
The mayor also shared the various concerns of the British community in the Netherlands that were raised at the Mayor’s Brexit meeting, including questions of residency and citizenship, financial issues and official matters, business and hiring, families and education.
Mayor Van der Laan furthermore expressed his determination to support British citizens and businesses in Amsterdam in securing their future prospects and asked for help and collaboration in doing so. He asked Mr Juncker to take into account the concerns of British residents in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the EU, saying “as they have settled throughout Europe to pursue their ambitions and dreams and to contribute to our cities, using the core freedoms of which Europe is so rightfully proud, we believe they now deserve that their future interests remain secured as much as possible in these uncertain times.”
Download a PDF of the letters