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Press reports reflect increasing national coherence on twenty-ninth day of the 'Invincible Holland' course
by Paul Gelderloos, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, Holland
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11 May 2006
Since the full moon in April, 400 Governors and Sidhas of the Global Country of World Peace have been assembled at the MERU campus in Vlodrop, Holland. They have come from all over Europe and are trained personally by Maharishi to make their own country invincible upon their return after the assembly. Many positive changes for Holland are taking place during the assembly.
- The Ministries of Justice and Finance are making it easier to submit Annual Reports, using digital technology. The Chamber of Commerce sees annual savings of 750 million Euros.
- The Cabinet wants to reduce administrative costs for industry by 25 per cent-from 16 billion Euros annually to 12 billion Euros, within their government period of four years. Savings have already been 1.9 billion Euros annually. With another 70 planned-measures to take effect this and next year, another 2.1 billion Euros will be saved.
- The Customs Department was closing offices in Amsterdam harbour, due to efficiency considerations. Companies at the harbour were afraid service levels would suffer. The combined parties-the national government in Amsterdam and the shipping industry reached an agreement yesterday to solve this issue.
- The number of requests for dismissal from companies decreased last year by 12 per cent compared to 2004. This figure is expected to decrease significantly again.
- The carpet industry, united as 'Holland Carpet', has re-enlivened the spirit of the United East-Indies Company. Eighty-five per cent of carpets produced in Holland are exported, and now this industry will focus on exporting to China, via trade on the internet. Holland is the second largest exporter of carpets worldwide.
- The flower auction, Aalsmeer, is growing so quickly that they need to expand their accommodations significantly. In 2005 they traded 4 billion flowers and plants. By 2014 they expect to have grown an extra 32 per cent, and by 2025 they expect to have grown by 100 per cent.
- Stock exchange operator, Euronext, which includes the stock exchange in Amsterdam, reached a record profit of 107.1 million Euros in the first quarter, riding on the wave of investor optimism. This is expected to increase in the second quarter.
- The Amsterdam Power Exchange, which creates significant efficiency in the energy market, is now profitable after a period of acquisitions and reorganization. They currently trade 16 per cent of all electricity in Holland, and they are also active in Belgium and England.
- Dutch employers are more positive about hiring immigrants in Holland.
- The Dutch people have been evaluated by other European countries as the least anti-social.
- The largest Dutch offshore wind-park is being built on the North Sea, with 36 turbines of 3 megawatts each, sufficient to provide electricity for 100,000 households.
- A very good article appeared in the largest Dutch newspaper, reporting on the Peace Colony in Lelystad, northern Holland, where an entire community is dedicated to the practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation. The article quotes one of teachers of Transcendental Meditation as saying: 'There is a strong bond between the citizens here. One knows everyone. No one needs to feel lonely. There is a high level of safety and security. Living here is bliss.' The article ends explaining the plans to extend the number of homes in the village with 200 houses built according to the principles of Maharishi Sthåpatya Veda-the science of Vedic Architecture.
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