Policy Update

COVID-19 spending must not come from development budget, says Dutch parliamentary majority

On March 26, 2020, the Dutch parliament approved by majority a motion to preserve the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation budget from financing a part of the €15.0 billion (US$17.0 billion) package for the domestic response to the COVID-19 crisis in the Netherlands, which had been announced by the Minister of Finance earlier that week. 

The motion, spearheaded by Mr. Van der Staaij from the SGP party, made special emphasis in preserving the ODA funding to global health and food security. 

Press release - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)