Only in the last few days I have started to notice some promotional activities going on here in the Netherlands. I was trying hard to see any official European Parliament posters on the streets in Amsterdam, but haven’t managed so far no matter how hard do I keep looking for them. I even tried to check online if I can find where are they located, but didn’t manage! Either my work and home are in the completely wrong parts of Amsterdam (although I’m working in the centre) or there is not really a lot of promotion going on…
However, I was more luckier in The Hague and Utrecht - and just by accident.
Next to Den Haag Centraal Station I finally saw the famous chicken! I still think that it’s not the best place where it should be to get the maximum attention, but it’s better than nothing.
And this weekend in Utrecht there was even more promotion going on (maybe it’s because the last weekend before the elections).
At first in one of the main squares (next to the church tower) one could get information about the elections in general. Considering the fact that they were giving the souvenirs with official EE09 logos, I concluded that this activity must be organised by European Parliament information office in the Netherlands. Some politicans were also on the stage, giving their thoughts and opinions about different issues.
Afterwards, when I was sitting on the canal side and drinking an ice tea, in 30min time I noticed two boats passing by - one of them was D66 boat with a Minister of Finances inside, the other one was Labour Party, both of them having a lot of fun in the boat and stopping to give people flyers about their parties. Didn’t manage to take any pictures, sorry!
And that’s not all - in one of the streets there were some more promotional stands, but I couldn’t understand what were they about - probably some political parties again… If some Dutch is reading it, please, feel free to give us extra information!