On 2 November 2009, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs ("Ministers") presented their views to the parliament on how to take decisive action against organised and financial/economic crime and how to eliminate problem areas that might occur during the exchange of information between the authorities involved. Their views are in line with the policy of the Dutch government to not only dismantle organised crime, but also tackle the root causes of organised crime by strengthening the collaboration between the police, administrative bodies, regulatory authorities, the Public Prosecution Office and special investigative services.
The Ministers consider that in order to improve the prevention of organised crime a targeted application of criminal, fiscal, administrative and preventive measures is required by criminal, fiscal and administrative law authorities. This multidisciplinary approach has led to the establishment of several collaborative arrangements, through which certain forms of organised and financial/economic crime are tackled. The participants in these collaborative arrangements operate on the basis of joint objectives. Within this framework they share information, prepare a united analysis and jointly determine which combination of interventions (administrative, criminal, fiscal) will be applied to a particular matter.
The Ministers recommended a widening of the multidisciplinary approach. To stimulate and strengthen the coordination of this approach they indicated the underlying starting points of the approach.
- National prioritisation. The National Threat Policy should determine which manifestations of organised and financial/economic crime will be tackled through the multidisciplinary approach and will extend to a supra-regional and regional level.
- Clear arrangements. These should be laid down in an agreement that deals with the exchange of information, the legal framework, the objective and the duration of the cooperation.
- Effective control on collaborative arrangements. This control should be carried out by daily monitoring of the progress of the parties involved, strategic management on a regional level and guidance on a policy-related level.
- Escalation of problem areas during the cooperation. The competence and responsibilities among the administrative, fiscal and criminal law authorities differ, which could result in differences in perception. Problem areas should firstly be resolved on an operational level, secondly on a regional level and in exceptional cases on the level of the ministers responsible.
- Appointment of a national coordinator of the Public Prosecution Office. This post will be appointed by the head of the Public Prosecutor's Office for Financial, Economic and Environmental Offences (Functioneel Parket). His or her focus will be the fight against organised crime and will be appointed for a period of three years. The coordinator will be the point of contact for authorities that experience problem areas. The coordinator also needs to actively detect and address problem areas.
The recommended multidisciplinary approach by the Ministers is currently being debated in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament.