Cabinet agrees €1bn in defence spending cuts, one in six jobs to go

The cabinet on Friday agreed major cuts in defence ministry spending in an effort to save €1bn.

Defence minister Hans Hillen will outline the details later in the day.
Over 6,000 military service personnel and defence ministry civil servants are facing compulsory redundancies, Nos television reported ahead of the meeting.
In total, 12,300 defence ministry jobs will go as part of the savings package, Nos says. Some 2,300 vacancies will not be filled and a further 4,000 people will not be replaced when they leave.
The ministry currently has a workforce of almost 69,000.

All ranks

The job losses will affect all ranks in the defence ministry.
Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to scrap tanks and Cougar helicopters, to cut the 87 F-16 fighter jets by around a third and to sell off a number of naval vessels.
The controversial purchase of a second JSF fighter jet for €100m will go ahead to protect the participation of Dutch firms in its development and production, the Volkskrant said.

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