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Piracy: “Coordination with other actors is essential” Van Middelkoop (NL)

(B2) Dutch Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop confirmed on Friday, during a trip to the frigate Evertsen, which commands the European anti-piracy operation Atalanta, that the Netherlands would once again offer a ship. 'next year “whether it operates (under the flag of) the EU or NATO”. This operation is important, he underlined, "effective and successful.
We fight against international crime and defend a national economic interest by adequately protecting the Dutch merchant navy. "" Coordination with other actors working off the coast of Somalia is of great importance and contributes to the effectiveness of these anti-piracy operations. Good coordination allows deployed soldiers to be able to cover such a large territory. » he added, estimating that this will be his leitmotif during the informal meeting of defense ministers in Gothenburg which opens this Monday.  

(photo credit: Dutch Ministry of Defense / Robin Utrecht)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).