Netherlands releases new strategy focusing on Dutch and European industrial interests

16 November 2018

The Dutch government has released its new Defense Industry Strategy (DIS), in an attempt to boost the involvement of the domestic industry in defence spending, while also bolstering the European market which it recognises as being mutually beneficial to its national interests.

The government claims that if it is in the interests of national security, Dutch suppliers will be selected for future programmes, although this will be done within a European framework with a stress on the strengthening of the European defence market.

“This too should give the Dutch defence industry a boost,” a release from the government said. “If it is important to have things quickly, then the Netherlands will buy them elsewhere from the shelf.”

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