The Netherlands – The cabinet allocates 10 million euros annually to help companies fight subversive crime, says Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius of Justice and Security. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, who is involved in large-scale drug trafficking through the port of his city, called the investment far from enough. "Peanuts," he told the NOS.
It's a drop in the ocean. Ten million euros? We have just barely heard organized crime laughing. This money will go to the ten regional Platforms for Safe Business in the Netherlands. In these platforms, the police, the Public Prosecution Service (OM), industry organizations and companies work together in the fight against organized criminals who are trying to find their way to the upper world. These are practices such as using farm sheds for drug labs or bribing dockers to allow drugs in. Called undermining. Yeşilgöz-Zegerius wants to make entrepreneurs more aware of and more resilient against undermining.
No match for undermining drug lords
The mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb thinks it is good that the cabinet pays more attention to undermining crime, but the promised EUR 10 million per year is not nearly enough. “In Colombia alone, there is 215 billion euros in the drug market. Then 10 million is a fantastically beautiful gesture, but it is not more than a gesture," he says to the NOS. The cabinet has earmarked these extra millions in 2021 and is part of the annual total of 435 million for fighting crime.
Unorthodox measures are needed to combat subversive crime, Aboutaleb said. For example, he wants every container with tropical fruit that enters the port of Rotterdam to be checked for hidden drugs instead of random checks. “If we don't, we have to accept that the cocaine will continue to pour over our feet for years to come.”
Minister Yeşilgöz-Zegerius still thinks that the investment of 10 million euros per year will help against undermining. “We will never match money with what the criminals bring in. Never before has so much money been spent on combat, but it remains a fraction of what the criminals earn. So we have to be smart with our money," she tells the broadcaster.
Source: NOS.nl (NEITHER)