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More protection teams embarked by the Netherlands in 2012

(BRUSSELS2) Private guards on Dutch ships, no. Solemnly and quite publicly, the cabinet (the government) recalled that " the use of private security against hackers is prohibited ". In doing so, the Netherlands subscribe to an option radically opposite to that chosen by certain European countries - such as the United Kingdom or Italy - but very close, after all, to the German position.

The Dutch, on the other hand, have decided to step up their efforts to protect their most vulnerable merchant ships. As several political parties had hoped, the debate in the 2nd chamber, held on Thursday (November 10), made it possible to move forward on several tracks against piracy. The number of onboard protection teams (VPD) will be increased from 20 to 50 during 2012. A fixed number “depending on the available budget said Defense Minister Hans Hillen. But if more VPDs “are needed”, a reassessment of this number could be carried out. As for the use of Apache helicopters on board Royal Navy ships engaged off the Indian Ocean, the option is not closed. On the contrary, it will be “examined carefully”.

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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).