The traditional New Year drinks party was not held in the Forum this year but in Atlas, the head office's new home. About 100 people, mainly policymakers and managers, gathered last Monday and heard Aalt Dijkhuizen's forecast for 2012.
In the red
Things are tense for DLO too. Government funding is in decline. ‘So we shall have to try and get our nice ideas funded by someone other than EL&I and do without matching.' This is not working well enough at Alterra and the LEI, both of which got in the red last year. Alterra is already engaged in a slimming exercise, but that does not seem to be in order for the LEI yet.
Dijkhuizen also looks forward to the top sector policy with some trepidation. The government has put 51 million euros of DLO funding into a big pot for the top sector policy and it is not clear how much of this will come back to DLO. Dijkhuizen: ‘Luckily we are well represented in the top sectors Agrifood, Horticulture and Water. But a lot depends on the contributions from the business world.'