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'International collaboration more indispensable than ever'

Published: 19th May 2020 Last updated: 19th May 2020

In the corona crisis, international collaboration is more indispensable than ever. This is argued by the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs in an advisory letter to the Netherlands government. Professor Mirjam van Reisen (Tilburg University) is one of the authors of this advice. The Council argues in favor of rapid action of the international community to help vulnerable countries, for instance, in Africa, with a leading role for Europe. "The corona crisis is not over in our own countries as long as long as it continues to do damage elsewhere in the world."

The AIV therefore recommends that the Cabinet:

  • in the Dutch efforts to fight the COVID 19 virus, collaborates as much as possible with EU institutions and Member States or in coalitions with like-minded countries;
  • develops a consistent package of support measures. It should contain medial assistance, health care, food aid, a social safety net, a socio-economic perspective, support for refugees and displaced people, and an air transport initiative;
  • makes an amount of € 1 billion available to alleviate the most acute needs.

The advisory letter (in Dutch) was prepared by Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (chair), Professor Mirjam van Reisen, Professor Luuk van Middelaar, Koos Richelle, and Monika Sie Dhian Ho. The executive secretary was Dr. Marenne Jansen, assisted by Nadia van de Weem (trainee).

The Netherlands Advisory Council on International Affairs is an independent body which advises the Dutch government and parliament on foreign policy.