Minister Grapperhaus to allocate €100 million in combating subversive crime
The €100 million that Minister of Justice and Security Ferdinand Grapperhaus is investing to tackle subversive organised crime will be spent on improving security at transport hubs, gaining better insight into money flows and reinforcing crime prevention in rural areas, among other objectives. These measures will focus on combating the illegal drug trade, its affiliations with the underworld and the legitimate business world, as well as the associated criminal flows of money. The funds will go to concrete projects in both urban and rural areas, public and private parties, as well as local and national agencies.
All regions were able to apply for funds by submitting plans, which were then assessed by the Strategic Consultations on Subversion Committee. The committee's recommendations have resulted in the allocation of the €100 million available. In part, the funds will be deployed to expose the financial structures used by criminals. Funds will also be specifically earmarked to boost law enforcement in vulnerable areas, such as holiday parks, agricultural areas and business parks. Additional measures are to be taken in industries with relatively high levels of crime, including the automotive and hospitality sectors. Measures to combat drug crime at the country's major transport hubs, such as the Port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, will be tightened as well.
'We are confronted almost every day with organised crime which is undermining our society through dangerous drug labs in the heart of residential neighbourhoods, public officials being threatened, as well as collusion between the underworld and the legitimate business world. As far as I am concerned, dealing with these threats is one of my most critical tasks. The Netherlands needs to become less attractive for organised crime, which is why we have set our sights on the underlying factors. With this concrete investment as well as intensified cooperation between government and businesses, we are going to hit organised crime where it hurts.’