The Dutch parliament held its annual budget meeting for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on November 25, 2021.
Minister De Bruijn hesitated to deepen budget discussions out of line with the current coalition agreement, and largely referred to the next cabinet (including the new Minister) to decide on new investments.
Nonetheless, several amendments were put forward, including a motion by Tom van der Lee of the Green Left party, together with Members of Parliament (MPs) from five different parties, to raise the 2022 budget by €300 million (US$ 345 million) to increase Dutch support to COVAX and to support logistical hurdles for vaccine implementation in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, Christine Teunissen of the Party for the Animals (PvdD) called on the government to make an investment plan to structurally increase the ODA budget to 0.7% of GNI in the next four years. Lastly, Alexander Hammelburg of Democrats 66 (D66) asked the Minister to mobilize the Dutch private sector for additional financial and technical support for COVAX. All in all, the BHOS committee contributed a total of thirty-five amendments to the 2022 budget, of which nineteen will be discussed and voted on in parliament later by November 30, 2021.