Netherlands Government Information Service

Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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The Netherlands Government Information Service (Dutch: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst, abbrev.: RVD) is a Dutch government agency. The RVD is the official information service of the Dutch government and is the spokesbody for the prime minister, the Council of Ministers and the Dutch Royal House. The RVD is also responsible for providing public information on government policy, the prime minister and the Ministry of General Affairs.

In addition to its Information Service duties, the RVD is also responsible for giving advice on publicity and communications to several agencies and the Royal House, plus it coordinates between all the ministerial information services in The Netherlands.

Organizationally, the RVD is a directorate-general of the Ministry of General Affairs. It consists of the following sections:

As part of the coordinating responsibilities of the RVD, the director-general of the RVD is also the chairman of the Voorlichtingsraad, which is a meeting of all the information service directors of all the Dutch ministries.

The current director general of the RVD is Henk Brons. Previous DGs have included Gerard van der Wulp (2004-2008) and Eef Brouwers before that.

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