The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is situated in Den Haag. This is where most of our money comes from. It funds the universities, NWO/ASTRON/ SRON and separately the Dutch contributions to international organizations (ESO/ ESA). The top civil servant responsible for research policy is C.A. van Bochove and astronomy policy is handled by J.A.C. van de Donk. The latter also has the responsibility for the European Southern Observatory and is a member of the ESO Council.