International cooperation

A terrorist threat is not exclusively a national problem. The NCTV is also collaborating with other governments and international alliances, such as the European Union and the United Nations in the field of counterterrorism.

The Netherlands is in joint collaboration with bilateral, EU- and multilateral relations. Operational information exchange is not only crucial in the field of (potential) foreigh terrorist fighters. Experiences are also shared to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism.

European Union

The Netherlands promote the further improvement of the exchange of information between EU Member States to detect, signal and prevent any terrorist travel movement at an early stage. During the EU presidency, which ran in the first half of 2016, making agreements about sharing of information and improving the quality of information and databases was a priority. They are formulated in a roadmap.

The efforts in EU context are aimed at realising joint measures to prevent radicalisation amongst others. The Netherlands also brought the comprehensive local approach to counter radicalisation and violent extremism. The Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE), which is located in the Netherlands, brings together practitioners to prevent radicalisation, yet can also provide advice to EU Member States and other countries. Other initiatives like the Internet Referral Unit, part of Europol, focuses on undermining violent extremist content on the internet. And, EU Member States are supported in developing a counter narratives by the European project SSCAT among other things. Furthermore, an EU Guideline on counterterrorism is being drafted at European level that guarantees a uniform combat against terrorism anywhere within the EU.

Global Counterterrorism Forum

The Netherlands, together with Morocco, was co-chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), an international partnership to prevent and combat terrorism. Additionally, the Netherlands was, also in joint effort with Morocco, co-chair of the Foreign Terrorists Fighters work group.

High on the agenda of the GCTF, involved subjects such as combatting violent extremism, creating a counter narrative and the role of strategic communication, improving information exchange between countries, investigating and preventing terrorist financing methods, putting an end to Foreign Terrorist Fighters, as well as reintegration and rehabilitation aspects.

Anti-ISIS coalition

Identical subjects play a part within the Anti-ISIS coalition. The Netherlands is active both at military as well as diplomatic level, amongst others as co-chair- in joint effort with Turkey- of the Foreign Terrorists Fighters work group. Furthermore, the Netherlands is participating in a work group to counter financial flows towards ISIS and a work group to develop an inclusive narrative with respect to counter ISIS propaganda. The Netherlands is also active in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).