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By Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com
09-06-2022
According to the Dutch government’s website, through a new Safe Entrepreneurship action programme that will be in effect from 2023 to 2026, the minister plans to invest €10 million annually in Platforms for Safe Business (PVOs). [Shutterstock/Jacob Lund]

Entrepreneurs will receive funds to help fight against organised crime according to a new plan proposed by Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius.
According to the Dutch government’s website, through a new Safe Entrepreneurship action programme that will be in effect from 2023 to 2026, the minister plans to invest €10 million annually in Platforms for Safe Business (PVOs).
“Organised crime is constantly looking for ways in the upper world to launder money and to carry out illegal activities. Farmers and local residents in the countryside see criminals looking for barns to set up drug labs,” said Yeşilgöz-Zegerius.
“Truck drivers and port staff see drug smugglers who are not afraid to use intimidation and violence to transport their illegal merchandise. And in shopping streets and industrial estates, bona fide entrepreneurs quickly see it when a new neighbour is engaged in shady business,” she added.
“Entrepreneurs often quickly see where criminal structures arise and can therefore clearly indicate what measures are needed. Only by working together can we prevent criminal networks from undermining our safe society and break through this,” she continued.
The annual funding comes from the budget day funds, though how this money will be used depends on the 10 regional PVOs.
Municipalities, police, the Public Prosecution Service, and companies will come together to educate entrepreneurs on how to prevent organised crime.

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