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Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climaty Policy
Vice-minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Focco Vijselaar is responsible for the Enterprise and Innovation policies at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands. He previously held positions at the Dutch Ministries of Finance and Public Health, as well as the Dutch Central Bank and the European Central Bank.

The Dutch Government adopted a mission-oriented innovation policy in mid-2018, which has come into effect at the start of 2020. The societal challenges Energy Transition & Sustainability, Health & Care, Security, Agriculture, Water & Food, as well as Key Enabling Technologies form the pillars of this policy. Industry, knowledge institutions and government work together to program innovation investments.