National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
Nationaal coördinator terrorismebestrijding en veiligheid
Counterterrorism coordinator overview
JurisdictionGovernment of the Netherlands
HeadquartersTurfmarkt 147, The Hague
MottoDe NCTV dient de nationale veligheid. Wij beschermen belangen, signaleren dreigingen en versterken weerbaarheid (The NCTV serves the Netherlands’ national security. We protect national interests, identify threats and strengthen resilience.)
Counterterrorism coordinator executives
  • Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security
  • Hester Somsen, Deputy National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security
Parent Counterterrorism coordinatorMinistry of Justice and Security (Netherlands)

The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (Dutch Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid), abbreviated as NCTV, is the principal Dutch counter-terrorism unit. It was established in January 2005 as the Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding (NCTb); the unit was enlarged and renamed in October 2012.[1]

The NCTV is under the responsibility of the Minister of Justice and Security, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, who in 2022 succeeded Ferdinand Grapperhaus.[2] In charge of the safety of civil aviation and cybersecurity, it also analyses terrorism threats to determine the threat level (minimal, limited, substantial or critical) in the Netherlands. It therefore works closely with the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD).[3][4]


The unit was involved in the investigation of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, an attempted in-flight bomb attack that occurred on 25 December 2009 and originated at Lagos Airport.[5][6]


The head of the NCTV unit is appointed by the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations after the approval of the Council of Ministers, as every senior civil servant is in the Netherlands. The following people have served as head of the Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid unit:


  1. ^ Justitie, Ministerie van Veiligheid en. "National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  2. ^ Haberfeld, M.R; King, Joseph F.; Lieberman, Charles A. (3 September 2009). Counter-Terrorism in Comparative ... - Google Books. ISBN 9780387888613. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Paul (2007). Homeland security in the UK: future ... - Google Books. ISBN 9780415383745. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Xinhua - English". 17 September 2005. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  5. ^ Berkowitz, Ben (26 December 2009). "Airline suspect started out in Lagos - Dutch NCTb". Reuters. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
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