Haya van Someren Stichting is responsible for the international activities of the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) and is based at the headquarters of the VVD in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Haya van Someren Stichting concentrates on supporting non-profit activities that strengthen Liberal-minded political parties and groupings in Central and Eastern Europe and the MENA region. This is facilitated by the Politicial Parties funding of the Matra Programme set up by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Matra Programme aims to support the transition to a multiform, constitutional society in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa and the Middle East. Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD Internationaal has nearly twenty years’ experience in the field of capacity building of political parties in Eastern and Southeast Europe.
The parties and/or political groups we support should emphasise Liberal principles and ideas. Preferably they are, or intend to be, a member of Liberal International, and/or the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party. Certain other conditions also apply. The political party or group should aim to strengthen the rule of law, guaranteeing the individual rights of man and promoting peaceful relations with neighbouring countries.
The Haya van Someren Stichting works on a demand-driven basis and organises and facilitates several training programmes:
Projects have been successfully implemented in Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.