Opinion & Analysis

Government and Businesses: Work together in the triple transition of geopolitics, sustainability and digitalisation

The Netherlands and the EU face major societal challenges which impact its international economic relations. Geopolitical rivalry, the sustainability and energy transitions, and digitalisation are impacting trade flows, investments and the earning potential of the Netherlands and Europe at large. Companies are calling with increasing urgency for the government to formulate a vision and an integrated approach to deal with these transitions. A regular and consistent dialogue with the business community about these transitions is crucial, but currently lacking. This adds to the already huge challenge of weighing the many different needs of various industries and businesses. An important starting point would be the exchange of knowledge and insights between businesses and the government regarding the green, digital and geopolitical transitions. Based on discussions and interviews with ten Dutch companies and business organisations, this paper offers guiding recommendations how to shape that strategic discussion and to develop a trusted space for conversation between government and businesses. This could lay the foundation for better-informed innovation policy, trade promotion and financing instruments that are suited to our current needs.

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About the authors

Rem Korteweg is Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. He works on Europe’s strategic role in the world, with a specific focus on the intersection between foreign policy, trade and security issues.

Maaike Okano-Heijmans is a senior research fellow at the Clingendael Institute, where she leads the ‘Geopolitics of Technology and Digitalisation’ programme.

Diederick Van Wijk joined the Clingendael Institute as an Academy Fellow in February 2022, where he is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing training courses on the European Union and its institutions for Dutch, European, and international diplomats and civil servants.


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