On the 11th and 12th of May, the exercise VITEX 2016 took place in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Government bodies and Transport System Operators from a large number of EU member states engaged in discussion with each other, based on a cross border scenario concerning energy shortage. The exercise was organized by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) in the Netherlands, and financed from the Internal Security Fund (ISF) of the European Commission.
The threat level in the Netherlands remains ‘substantial’, which means that the chance of an attack is real. There are, however, currently no specific indications
If passed, a bill submitted by State Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff to the House of Representatives on Thursday 21 January will require organisations active in vital sectors to report serious digital security vulnerabilities or breeches to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Dick Schoof is the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and Patricia Zorko is the Deputy National Coordinator Security and Counterterrorism.
There are, however, no specific indications that terrorist networks are actually preparing to carry out an attack in the Netherlands. The threat level will therefore be maintained at ‘substantial’, level 4 in the modified threat level system.