Teeven glad with European agreement on combating sexual exploitation of children

State Secretary Teeven for Security and Justice is pleased about the agreement the Member States of the European Union have reached today on the Directive on combating sexual exploitation of children. ‘The Directive is intended to prevent an individual who has been convicted for a sexual offence from working with children on a voluntary or professional basis. In this context, cross-border exchange of information on the convictions is essential. The Directive provides for this possibility. It is a significant result,’ said Teeven.

In the past period, the State Secretary strongly advocated this regulation. Since January of this year, for instance, he has pleaded for a joint approach at the European level to improve the exchange of information. During the negotiations on the Directive, the Member States also adopted a Dutch compromise proposal.

Cause for the Dutch commitment was the Amsterdam vice case on Robert M., which came to light in December. This case clearly showed the need for improvements in the exchange of information among Member States on individuals convicted for vice cases.