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From 16-18 April 2009 the Dutch Senate hosted the XIth Conference of the Association of European Senates in the Hague. The three day programme started with a welcome dinner in the Hall of Knights. On Friday fourteen (Vice) Presidents of the fifteen member states gave their take on the conference theme 'the role of Senates on the European continent'. This day ended with an informal dinner at the beautiful museum Beelden aan Zee. On Saturday the delegations paid a visit to the city of Rotterdam where they were welcomed by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. The conference ended with a boat tour of the port of Rotterdam.

The Dutch senate chamber