This Decree extends the working of the original Decree establishing the Environment, Nature and Town and Country Planning Research Council and thus implicitly recognizes the important research, policy and planning functions of the Council in the field of environment, town and country planning and nature conservation and restoration in the Netherlands.
Amends: Decree No. 509 of 2000 relative to the establishment of the Environment, Nature and Town and Country Planning Research Council. (2000-11-03)
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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products.