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5 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Public interest in working as a secret agent remains high, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Wednesday.

5 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Public interest in working as a secret agent remains high, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Wednesday.

The recruitment of 200 new staff this year for the Dutch security agency AIVD is proceeding according to plan and the agency is confident of meeting its target of filing 700 new posts within the next four years.

The agency, formerly known as the BVD, was virtually left without anything to do following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Following the September 11 attacks in the US, it has re-focused its efforts on fighting international terrorism. The Dutch government allocated it millions of euros in additional funding after filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed by Muslim extremist Mohammed B. in Amsterdam in November 2004.

MPs expressed concerns about the quality of the agency's new recruits during a debate on the AIVD's annual report.

Remkes countered by saying that the recruits are put through a rigorous screening process to filter out the unqualified and people who have the wrong idea about what is required of an agent.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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