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Ministry of Economic Affairs

In 1993 I started working in the ministry of Economic Affairs, in the department of Industry and Services. I dealt mainly with industrial policy for the energy sector. One of the topics was the upcoming solar panel industry. We even tried to install a solar system on one of the buildings of the ministry (see story).

At the time there were also some big companies like Fokker, Hoogovens and RDM in trouble and  I got involved in the RDM dossier (submarines). These were the last days of old style industrial policy, where the government tried to rescue industries for reasons of employment.

There was also a lot of fun, the study trips with Jong Economic Affairs, soccer games at the EZ resort Duingeest and the nice people in the unit for machine building where I was located (see pictures below).