The music company “Shell” said, today, Monday, that the oil and gas party intends to move its headquarters from The Hague, the Netherlands, to London, Britain. The Dutch government is unhappy with the proposal that the company’s shareholders will vote on on December 10.
“I am unpleasantly surprised by this proposal,” Dutch Economy Minister Stef Blok told reporters on Monday. He added that he was speaking with Shell executives about the implications of this decision for jobs and “sustainable development”.
Shell argues that the change is aimed at improving the company’s operations, and only top management will move to London, including general manager Ben van Beurden and director. Finance Officer Jessica Senior.
“I realize this does not look good in the Netherlands, but I would like to stress that simplifying the structure is essential to the implementation of our strategy,” Algemeen Dagblad is quoted as saying.
VNO NCW believes that “this is a huge loss for the Netherlands”. According to him, the relocation of Shell’s headquarters will worsen the Dutch business climate.
Andrzej Pawluszek from Amsterdam
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