Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

Dutch International security budget combines development, security and diplomacy

imageThe Dutch government has set aside a new international security budget of €250 million annually. In a letter to the House of Representatives, the government provided further details on how it plans to implement this element of the coalition agreement.

International security generally requires a combination of development, defence and diplomacy – an approach also known as 3D. The Netherlands leads the international community in using the 3D approach and aims to demonstrate it to other countries in NATO, the EU and the UN.

The Netherlands will use the international security budget to promote the functioning of the international legal order, which is also in our own economic and security interests. Financed activities must be relevant to development and help resolve problems in developing countries and fragile regions. They may be aimed at, for instance, protecting civilian populations, preventing humanitarian crises, promoting human rights, sustainable security and stability, and fulfilling obligations to an alliance.

A broad range of activities may be financed, from supporting peace missions, training police officers and conducting border controls, to protecting the flow of goods and strengthening the judicial system. Examples include the Dutch contribution to UNMISS in South Sudan, the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, the peacebuilding programme in Burundi, counterpiracy operations EU-Atalanta and Ocean Shield in the Gulf of Aden, and the EU military training mission in Somalia. Other activities that could be eligible for funding are the use of transport aircraft and the costs of protecting diplomats and embassies in countries where this is necessary. The budget will not go towards emergency aid or maintaining the armed forces.

The international security budget falls under the budget of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen. Spending decisions will be made jointly with the Ministers of Defence and of Foreign Affairs. Where necessary, the Minister of Security and Justice will also contribute to the integrated approach.

Via Dutch Government


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