It is of the utmost importance to prevent terrorism. This is due to the fact that a terrorist attack often has serious consequences, such as the loss of life, widespread material damage and emotional impact (such as anxiety). And because of the damage an attack or threat causes to the democratic process and legal order. The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) coordinates the fight against terrorism in the Netherlands. Counterterrorism is one of the three pillars of the NCTV, next to cyber security and crisis management.
The approach to counterterrorism is defined in the national counterterrorism strategy. The objective is to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks and to limit any damage following a possible attack. The NCTV coordinates the efforts of all parties in the Netherlands that have a role in counterterrorism. In combatting the current threat of jihadist terrorism (violent extremism), the NCTV coordinates the implementation of the Netherlands comprehensive action programme to combat jihadism. The NCTV also cooperates with other governments and in international partnerships, such as the European Union and the United Nations.
Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands and Counterterrorism Alert System
The NCTV develops various products that are, at a strategic level, essential in the fight against terrorism. One of the most important products is the Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands (DTN), which indicates the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands. There is also the Counterterrorism Alert System (ATb) that warns government institutions, police, emergency services and business sectors against a (possible) terrorist attack.