Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fund Radio Netherlands Worldwide from 2013

Starting in 2013, Radio Netherlands Worldwide is to be funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An annual €14 million will be set aside in the ministry’s budget for ‘freedom of speech’ – providing independent information for countries where public access to information is poor. The decision was announced by foreign minister Uri Rosenthal following last Friday’s Cabinet meeting.

The coalition agreement states that Radio Netherlands Worldwide will be funded out of the foreign affairs and development cooperation budget and will concentrate on its core business, including ensuring freedom of speech. Its other activities will be phased out. They include providing information for Dutch nationals living in other countries and projecting a realistic image of the Netherlands abroad.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science will provide funding for BVN (the public television station for Dutch and Flemish audiences abroad) and the Caribbean service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide.