Measures to combat crime that undermines society

It is essential to make the Netherlands less attractive to domestic and international organised crime. The government is committed to pursuing a tough and realistic approach and strengthening the criminal justice and security system. The comprehensive approach will include prevention, resilience, disruption and punitive measures to curb organised drugs crime that undermines society.

Making the Netherlands inhospitable for crime that undermines society

The Netherlands must become a less attractive environment for crime that undermines society. Various government organisations and specialists tasked with security are working to anticipate criminal activity and investigate and arrest criminals. The partners involved are:

  • the police;
  • Regional Information and Expertise Centres;
  • the Public Prosecution Service;
  • the Tax Administration;
  • the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service;
  • the Customs Administration;
  • the Royal Military and Border Police (KMAR);
  • local government;
  • private parties such as banks, transport companies, civil-law notaries, shipping companies and agriculture companies.

These partners:

  • identify criminal networks;
  • deal with important actors in those networks;
  • seize criminal proceeds.

All these measures serve to make criminal activity less attractive. In addition, central government is working to make public administration, businesses and members of the public more resilient to crime that undermines society and the power of drugs criminals. For example, by providing special training for politicians and political office holders and by running public information campaigns.

Preventing crime that undermines society

Central government is also working to prevent crime that undermines society by, for example:

  • improving security at airports and seaports to reduce the volume of drugs coming in and going out;
  • imposing stiff penalties on companies and political office holders who facilitate this kind of crime;
  • providing alternatives for young people in vulnerable neighbourhoods who are at risk of getting involved with organised crime.

A comprehensive approach

This joint approach, also referred to as a comprehensive approach, is aimed at:

  • preventing criminal activity and punishing offenders;
  • reducing opportunities for criminal activity;
  • depriving criminals of resources that aid their activities;
  • making the criminal business model less appealing.

All of the partners throughout government aim to use this joint approach to gain insight into crime that undermines society. By working together and gaining a better understanding of domestic and international criminal networks and their illegal business processes, they will know where and how to take action. A multidisciplinary intervention team (MIT) comprised of six services has been established for this purpose.

New legislation and rules

Central government is preparing new legislation and rules to combat crime that undermines society. This includes legislation that will make it easier for government partners to exchange information and use that information to trace suspicious money flows.

Extra funding to combat crime that undermines society

In recent years the government has invested in a broad approach to combating crime that undermines society. This is laid out in letters to parliament on the government’s broad offensive against organised crime and its harmful effects on society:

  • Letter to parliament about the broad offensive against organised crime and its harmful effects on society.
  • Letter to parliament about structural funding for the approach to combating organised crime that undermines society.
  • Letter to parliament about the outlines of organised crime that undermines society.

Budget Day 2021: more funding to combat crime that undermines society

On Budget Day 2021, the government announced plans to increase spending by €524 million to fight crime that undermines society. €434 million of this extra funding will be made available on a structural basis.