The Dutch government is investing 7 million euros into providing education to children living in war zones or areas affected by natural disaster, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Monday
Fifteen months after the disaster with flight MH17, there is still a very solid chance of another airplane crash over a war zone. The European watchdog EASA will therefore present strict rules for safe routes next year, at the insistence of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is working on a safety plan to keep Dutch planes away from conflict areas, sources surrounding the discussions of this plan told the Telegraaf. Authorities and intelligence agencies are involved in the formation of this plan.
Dozens of passenger planes are still flying over war zones and conflict areas - such as Mali, South Sudan and Sinai - on a daily basis. This includes airlines KLM and Air France as well as other European airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways.
The Netherlands believes that countries should not delay sharing aeronautical information above dangerous conflict zones on the basis of legal considerations.
Pilot association groups in The Netherlands are calling on governments to take stricter and clearer measures to fully inform airlines of security information when flying over areas where there is a distinct threat of war, Dutch news sources report.