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History of Diplomatic Relations

On the 21st of December 1841 the authorities in The Hague have established the first Diplomatic Representative in Romania: the Commercial Vice-consulate of Galaţi having as owner Anton Vlasto. On 25th of August 1856, The Netherlands established in Bucharest a Mission with broader powers and duties: an Agency and a General Consulate, and in 1857 Honorary consular agencies at Botoşani, Focşani, Roman and Giurgiu.

On 12/24th of January 1880, The Netherlands recognized the independence of Romania and the General Consulate in Bucharest was raised to Diplomatic Agency level. The General Consul of Romania, Jean A. Keun, presented his letter of credence as Charge d’Affairs.

On 15/27th of February 1882 the Diplomatic Agency was raised to the rank of Legation of The Netherlands, the head of the Mission having the rank of Resident Minister.

For almost 20 years (1880-1898) Romania was represented in the Netherlands through its Legation in Brussels. By the Law of 16/28th of February 1880 a Romanian Legation was established for Belgium and The Netherlands with the premises in Brussels. The first head of the Mission called on the 17th of April 1880 was the career diplomat Mihai Mitilineu having a diplomatic degree of Resident Minister.

Since in 1884, the diplomatic rank of Head of Mission of Belgium to Bucharest was raised to the Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister, reciprocal, the Head of the Romanian Legation in Brussels, Teodor Văcărescu was promoted to the same degree.

In 1898, after the amendment of the Law on Organization and Functioning of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the 11th Diplomatic Mission was created with its premises in The Hague led by the diplomat Ion N. Papiniu with a diplomatic degree of Plenipotentiary Minister. On 1900 the Romanian Legation in The Hague has had in subordination the General Consulate of Rotterdam and the Consulates of Amsterdam, Dordrecht and The Hague-Scheveningen.

On the 25th of August 1966 the relationships between Romania and The Netherlands were raised at Embassy level.

Relevant historical moments

  • February 13, 1880: Romania and the Netherlands officially launched the diplomatic relations at the level of Legation
  • September 1880: The Extraordinary Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary of Romania residing to Belgium presented his Credentials to King Willem III of The Netherlands.
  • April 17, 1880: Mihail Carol Mitilineu was appointed as diplomatic representative of Romania to Brussels and The Hague
  • April, 1898: The Romanian Legation in The Hague was inaugurated
  • July 13, 1898: Ioan N. Papiniu was accredited as Romanian Minister residing to The Hague
  • August 25, 1966: The relations between Romania and the Netherlands were upgraded to the level of Embassy.

Diplomatic representation

  • H.E. Mrs. Brânduşa Predescu has been appointed Ambassador of Romania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in August 2016.
  • The Romanian Embassy in Hague is the Permanent Representative of Romania at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as well as the Romanian Authority providing direct contact with any other international institutions and organizations based in The Netherlands.
  • H.E. Mr. Roelof S. van Ees was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Romania.

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