The Dutch Desk is headed by Alexander van Dam, who is the National Member for the Netherlands since January 2022.

In 2021, the Dutch Desk was involved in 504 new cases, 90 coordination meetings, 9 coordination centres, and 21 joint investigation teams.

National Member

Alexander van Dam
Mr Alexander van Dam

National Member

Alexander van Dam has been National Member for the Netherlands since January 2022. Prior to his appointment at Eurojust, Mr van Dam worked as Resident EU Prosecutor in Belgrade, Serbia, under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme. Before taking up his current role, in 2019 and 2020 he worked as Acting Director of the National Prosecution Service, following his time as Prosecutor General for the Dutch country of Aruba between 2016 and 2019.

Previously, Mr van Dam was Deputy Chief Prosecutor in the district Zeeland/West-Brabant and senior prosecutor and magistrate in the districts of Amsterdam, The Hague and Haarlem. Before joining the prosecution services, between 1994 and 1999 he was a financial analyst in the Dutch Security Service AIVD, following a two-year traineeship with banking company ABN Mees Pierson in London and Amsterdam.

Mr van Dam graduated in 1990 with a Master of Law in Civil Law, International and European Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2012, he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB). Over the years, Mr van Dam has built up extensive international experience, for instance in cases concerning terrorism and financial investigations.

Deputy National Member

Jolien Kuitert is Deputy National Member for the Netherlands since 2008. Ms Kuitert is a senior public prosecutor specialised in cross-border cooperation and combating international organised crime. She worked as coordinating public prosecutor for the former Netherlands Antilles and Surinam for more than 10 years. In 2003, she served as an occasional replacement for the Dutch National Member. Ms Kuitert is one of the Dutch Contact Points for the European Judicial Network. As a guest lecturer in international criminal law, she enjoys passing her experience and enthusiasm for her work on to colleagues and students.

Assistants to the National Member

Suzanne van Brakel is Assistant to the National Member for the Netherlands. She is an experienced public prosecutor, specialised in (international) serious fraud cases, money laundering and asset recovery. After a career as financial investigator at the National Unit of the Dutch National Police Force, and working as national policy advisor on money laundering and CTF at the National Prosecution Service, she was appointed as a public prosecutor in 2007 at the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Noord-Holland. There she worked on a broad variety of cases, both in Haarlem and at Schiphol Airport. Later she focussed on fraud cases, money laundering and asset recovery. In 2015 she switched to the National Public Prosecutor’s Office specialized in serious fraud cases, environmental crimes and asset confiscation. Suzanne joined the Dutch desk at Eurojust in April 2021.

Leonie Luijt is Assistant to the National Member for the Netherlands. Ms Luijt is a senior legal officer seconded from the National Public Prosecution's Office in Rotterdam, where she worked on international organised crime cases. She is specialized in large-scale drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. Prior to that, she worked several years at the Court of Rotterdam, after finishing her master's degree in International and European Public Law at the Rotterdam University, which involved a semester in South Africa, and completing an internship at the ICTY. She joined Eurojust in February 2019 and is a member of the Judicial Cooperation Instruments team.

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  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
New cases (total)
- of which initiating
- of which participating
Coordination meetings (initiating and/or participating) 70 87 120 90 90 81
Coordination centres (organising and/or participating) 10 2 4 8 9 6
Joint investigation teams (newly signed and/or ongoing) 6 24 28 21 21 17

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