The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Economy and Climate Affairs published a joint text on the decision to lift the restriction on the export of defense industry equipment.
The joint text of the three ministries announced the measures taken by the Dutch government regarding arms export controls to promote greater convergence in defense cooperation in Europe.
“Fair competition is needed in Europe”
It was stated in the text that the Dutch government wanted to strengthen European defense cooperation and encourage the Netherlands’ participation in these projects, and pointed out that this requires fair competition in Europe.
In the text, it was underlined that the economic vitality and innovative power of the Dutch defense sector is largely dependent on exports, and that more than half (54 percent) of the turnover of this sector comes from exports.
In this context, it was noted that the restriction decision on the export of defense industry equipment, which is currently valid for Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, will come to an end immediately.