The recent surge of COVID-19 infections and the measures announced by the Dutch government on November 12th have unfortunately made the NIDV decide to postpone the NEDS until February 24th, 2022, after consulting the Ministry of Defence.
We very much regret this drastic decision at such short notice. The decision to postpone NEDS 2022 was influenced by both the Outbreak Management Team’s advice and the government’s decisions based on that advice. We also considered the consequences for the image of the defence and security sector if we were to allow the event to go ahead. This is, after all, an issue of public health and we should not treat it lightly.
We intend to hold the exhibition on February 24th, 2022 in as unchanged a manner as possible under the circumstances. The theme of “The Climate and the Armed Forces” will remain the same as well and our main sponsors Damen/SAAB have guaranteed their support for the postponed event.
We fully understand the disappointment and the enormous challenges that this postponement entails for everyone. We respectfully ask for your understanding. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this postponement and to help you handle the transition to the NEDS on February 24th.
We wish you all the best and hope you stay safe and healthy in these challenging times.
On behalf of the NIDV,
Mr. Ron Nulkes