Committee Delegation Examines Aviation Security and Counterterrorism Collaboration Efforts in the Netherlands

Amsterdam – House Homeland Security’s Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (R-NY) is leading a bipartisan delegation of House lawmakers to Amsterdam and other European and Middle Eastern destinations.

In Holland, the delegation met with senior Dutch and European Union government officials, including the Executive Director of Europol. The group discussed the important relationships between the U.S. and the European Union member states on a wide range of counterterrorism and security issues facing the region. Chairman Katko offered the following statement on heels of the delegation’s visit to the Netherlands:

Rep. John Katko: “Our delegation saw firsthand the investment our Dutch partners have made to enhance airport passenger and employee screening as Europe continues to face an unprecedented threat landscape. Our meetings at Europol and the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security emphasized the need to enhance information exchanges among EU member states to better combat terror. I look forward to working to broaden and deepen our bilateral relationships and our collaborative counterterrorism efforts to raise the standard of global aviation security.”

Members of the Delegation include:
  • Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (R-NY)
  • Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS), Homeland Security Committee
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)Rep. Filemon
  • Vela (D-TX), Homeland Security Committee
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Homeland Security Committee
Trip Highlights:

-Members toured Schiphol Airport, the third busiest hub in Europe for passenger and cargo volume, and examined the airport’s use of cutting edge technology for detecting threats to aviation security.

-The delegation visited Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, and met with Executive Director Rob Wainwright to discuss coordination and information sharing on issues related to terrorism, international organized crime, and cybercrime.

-At the Port of Rotterdam, the delegation examined port security and detection efforts in discussions with U.S. Customs Officers and the Deputy Harbor Master in order to better understand the pre-screening of U.S.-bound maritime cargo for dangerous substances and explosives at Europe’s largest port.

-The group also met with our Dutch counterterrorism partners, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV), on cyber threats, the current terror threat assessment in the region, and new Dutch counterterrorism measures.

-Members also held a roundtable discussion with U.S. Government officials at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam to engage on U.S. efforts to enhance security cooperation and mitigate terror threats to the United States. This discussion included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.