Belgian-Dutch Ministerial Conference discusses border crime

2019, December 3

On Monday evening, the Minister of Home Affairs and Security, Pieter De Crem, and the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, received the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus. This meeting fell within the scope of a Ministerial Conference between both countries to discuss various forms of border crime, including the problem of drugs and of ATM machines being blown up.

The meeting between the three ministers was already announced by Minister De Crem in March at a congress on organized and undermining crime. At that congress, Minister De Crem put forward a number of priorities so that Belgium and the Netherlands can jointly tackle security issues. Minister De Crem: “It was important today to gain a better understanding of the procedures and positions of both countries. Greater mutual understanding is a first step towards better cooperation in the future in areas that are of great concern to both of us. This includes of course the problem of drugs and of ATM machines being blown up, but also the issue of itinerant motorcycle gangs.”

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