Today is sink or swim for Minister Ard van der Steur. At 10:15 a.m. he faces the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, in the second attempt for a debate on the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22nd. Whether Van der Steur survives the day as Minister of Security and Justice, remains to be seen.
The Netherlands could have acted "more alert and assertive" with regards to Brussels bombers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui. But there was no reason to actively track them down, Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said in answer to parliamentary questions posed to him in preparation to Thursday's debate.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is improving the organization of equipping and arming the police's counterterrorism unit and other specialist police teams. Where possible, he wants to accelerate the ordering and delivery of equipment to the Special Intervention Service, he wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer.
Dutch municipalities will have to find home for at least 23 thousand refugees with a residency permit in the second half of this year, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice reported on Monday
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again facing criticism from opposition parties in Parliament, this time over a never-realized cooperation task force between the Netherlands and Turkey aimed at addressing jihadists and foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice decided to cancel a working visit to Washington this weekend so that he can work on questions Parliament posed him regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week. He also wants to focus on preparing for the debate on the issue set to take place next week.
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice is working on a legislative proposal that will cap a life-long prison sentence at 25 years
What seems like a continuous stream of blunders and missteps regarding Brussels suicide bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui has opposition parties looking for blood at the ministry of Security and Justice. Political journalists believe that the next debate on the topic, set to take place next week, will be do or die for Minister Ard van der Steur
Asylum seekers who cause trouble and can not be immediately deported, will soon be housed in a separate shelter, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice writes in a letter he will soon sent to parliament
Airlines KLM, Corendon and TUIfly are expected to call on their passengers to arrive at Schiphol airport as much as four hours before their flight, instead of the standard two or three hours, because of staff shortages in the Marechaussee, the military policing force responsible for security at the airport. Long queues and delays are expected at the entrance to the secured areas of the airport, and at the passport controls for those leaving the Schengen Area.
The Ministry of Security and Justice decided to scrap the so called JHA-liaison officer in Belgium last summer due to budget cuts. The liaison officer's job was to make sure that police and judicial information from abroad is exchanged with the Netherlands as well as possible.
The information exchange between the Netherlands and Belgium regarding suicide bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui was "hazy", also on the Belgian side, according to Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledges that misinforming Parliament about the origin of American information on the El Barkaoui brothers could have political consequences. He called the situation "very annoying", but believes that his resignation will "benefit no one", he said
The information the Netherlands received from the United States regarding the El Bakraoui brothers did not come from the FBI, but from the New York police, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to Parliament.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice faced a fierce debate in parliament on Tuesday on the Brussels bombings, especially from the opposition side. To the irritation of the opposition Van der Steur could not clarify what went wrong with the exchange of information regarding the Brussels bombers, the El Bakraoui brothers. The debate was cut short and will be taken up again next week, when the Justice Minister has more answers.
A few days before the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week the FBI gave the Dutch police information about the criminal and radicalized background of brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament.
Exactly a week after three suicide bombings in Brussels, the Dutch Parliament will debate the issue with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice. The debate is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
The number of Albanians applying for asylum in the Netherlands increased explosively since the summer, to the point that they are now the biggest group seeking asylum in the country. About 250 Albanians apply for asylum in the Netherlands each month, the Ministry of Security and Justice said
The opposition parties in parliament are not happy with Minister Ard van der Steur's explanation that Turkey did not follow the right procedures in informing the Netherlands that Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was being deported to the country. According to the opposition, the Minister is only trying to keep his side clean.
Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was extradited from Turkey to the Netherlands in July last year, but the Netherlands did not know he was suspected of being a terrorist. The Turks did report El Bakraoui's flight, but only in an electronic note sent to the Dutch embassy, and not with the usual phone call, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to Parliament on Thursday.
On July 15th last year, an employee of the Belgian embassy in Ankara informed the Netherlands that Ibrahim el Bakraoui - believed to be a bomber in the Brussels terrorist attacks on Tuesday - was deported from Turkey to the Netherlands, NRC reports based on sources in The Hague.
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
Last year the police received 4,908 reports regarding the discovery of child pornography, more than double than the 2,240 reports received in 2014, according to a report the Public Prosecutor and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice sent to Parliament on Tuesday
The police will need between 250 million and 300 million euros extra to finish the reorganization into the National Police, according to a report accounting firm PWC sent to Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice