The Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur, announced last evening that the Dutch presidency of the European Union (EU) will organise a ministerial meeting of the European Union to discuss the attacks in Brussels. The Netherlands holds the rotating EU presidency during the first half of 2016.
“At the request of Belgium the Dutch presidency will organise a ministerial meeting to discuss the attack. possibly Thursday morning,” said van der Steur on Twitter.
Earlier yesterday, Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said that the Netherlands was in close contact with Germany, Belgium and France in the event that additional measures were needed.
“In addition, as EU president, we are in close contact with our permanent representative in Brussels,” said Rutte.
The death toll from yesterday’s bombing attacks in Brussels stands at 34. Over 250 people were injured.