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Arianne is driven, creative and result oriented. I really enjoyed working with her, because the interaction was excellent and lead to a good result. In a short period of time she managed to come up with good results. She also provided useful contacts. I consider her as a key person in my field of expertise, public procurement of innovation.

Marieke van Putten
Program manager public procurement of innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs

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Politicians and civil servants of Dutch municipalities will be able to inform themselves about European knowledgde networks and the way in which they can use these networks for their municipal policy. Arianne was responsible for this work. The publication Arianne wrote is very well structured and to the point. Arianne did an excellent job in researching the information, interviewing relevant persons, writing the publication and giving a presentation to our politicians. We are very grateful for her work!

Annemiek Wissink
Director European and International affairs, Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG)

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Arianne is meticulous, pro-active and always ready to provide an informed opinion and relevant input in order to further improve the service delivery or the strategic process.

Kris Luijsterburg
Adviser International Affairs, City of Rotterdam

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Arianne van der Meer is an enthusiastic academic with knowledge of European Affairs. She has supported the four largest cities and the Public Employment Services in The Netherlands successfully in their effort of usage of the ESF. She understands the importance of listening in order to find the right solutions for problems. Based on my experience I can endorse her for assignments in the field of European affairs. Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, Creative.

Nico van de Vrie
Coordinator re-integration project Fit 4 Work for the City of Rotterdam

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Private gardening services can be considered as labour intensive. Despite of this definition, these services are not included in the European VAT-Directive that offers the possibility to introduce a permanent lower VAT-rate. Branchevereniging VHG wants to start up a European lobby to reach this goal after establishing a temporary reduced VAT-rate in Holland. The European Commission is at this particular moment in the process of evaluating the current system. For European lobby this is the time to act, but in order to be effective VHG needs to know what the actual situation is, who is dealing with this subject and what possibilities there are to promote a permanent reduced VAT-rate for private gardening services. Arianne van der Meer has made a situation report to have a good overview of the actual status of the VAT-dossier. She understands the process of lobby, knows the European structures, is thorough in her research and able to report in a structured and comprehensible way. It is a pleasure to work with her.

Egbert Roozen
Director Dutch Landscaping and Gardening Contractors Association

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Arianne played a key role in finding money and the negotiations with the city of The Hague. Since she knows how government organisations communicate and work, she could create a good understanding between the artistic project and the financing and participating parties.

Robert Schliessler
Director/Producer

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With the knowledge Arianne acquired by coordinating and describing the possibilities of the Sector Plans for the labour market region Holland-Rijnland, she advised the "Actieteam crisisbestrijding" in general about the connection between the Sector Plans and the labour market regions. As supporter of the Actieteam, I was positively surprised by her punctuality and organisational skills. It was a successful and pleasant cooperation. (Translated from Dutch)

Paul van Kruining
Lid actieteam crisisbestrijding, Stichting van de Arbeid

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During the process of writing an application for a Sector Plan for the Gardeners’ Association, Arianne assisted us in a very professional manner. Her knowledge of the procedure led to a smooth creation of the application. (Translated from Dutch)

Jeroen Zijlmans
Policy advisor labour market and education, VHG

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Arianne worked with a lot of energy and in a strategic way on her project for ZET. Working together with her was very pleasant. (Translated from Dutch)

Marjolein Duif
Advisor, Stichting Zet

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For the VNG Direction Europe, Arianne wrote a report about municipalities and European networks. The project contained among others writing a project plan and the structure of the report, meetings with internal and external parties and writing the report. Arianne executed this task very thoroughly and independently. She knows how to transform a first draft into a concrete project plan. Here analytical skills and proactive attitude resulted in a clear and well-structured report. Top qualities: great results, personable, on time. (Translated from Dutch)

Kim van Berlo
Advisor European Affairs, Association of Dutch Municipalities

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With her excellent analytical, oral and written skills, but also her punctuality, collegiality and good oral presentation, she was of great added value for the lobby of the municipality of Rotterdam with regard to the European Social Fund. (Translated from Dutch)

Aat Brand
Head of Centre for Social Policy Studies & International Affairs, City of Rotterdam