Mr Dick SchoofNational Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dick Schoof is the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism since March 2013. At a national level he is responsible for the ‘three Cs’: Crisis Management, Counterterrorism and Cyber Security. ‘Security’ has been a central focus of his career. As Director-General for the police, he was among other things responsible for setting up the National Police at the Ministry of Security and Justice and he was Director-General for Public Safety and Security at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. He has also been director of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Justice. Schoof plays a leading role within the EU. He played a major role in the creation of the EU Roadmap on Information Sharing. When it comes to the current terrorist threat, full information exchange between the EU member states is vital for national security. All relevant information should be shared, unless there are urgent operational or legal reasons not to do so. The EU moves from need to know to need to share, the Member States need to hold each other accountable and we need to further invest in the quality of information as well as information systems. This Roadmap was endorsed by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 10 June 2016. With it the Member States agree to ensure that EU and international databases are properly filled and used by national authorities responsible for counter-terrorism, law enforcement, migration and border management. They also agree to implement 50 specific, practical short- and medium-term actions to improve the usability of information, databases and systems.