Cabinet ups fight against terror funding
20 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet is intensifying its fight against foundations and charities suspected of helping to raise funds for terrorist organisations.
20 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet is intensifying its fight against foundations and charities suspected of helping to raise funds for terrorist organisations.
All foundations in the Netherlands will in future be forced to register to come into consideration for a new certificate of approval. Once registered, the organisations can then be granted the fiscal advantages presently enjoyed by foundations and donors.
Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm will be the administrator for the register and the tax office will be able to use it to make inspections of foundations much easier, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday.
Zalm is expected to present proposal to the Cabinet at its weekly meeting on Friday. He says the changes are necessary to improve the fight against terrorist financing.
The as yet confidential proposal also states that there must be sufficient proof that the foundation serves the general benefit and does not — consciously or subconsciously — support terrorist activities.
This is of particular importance if the organisation spends money in so-called "risk areas".
Terrorist organisations can currently set up a cover foundation very easily in the Netherlands, with previous investigations revealing that there is little supervision of foundations.
And due to the fact that charities are non-profit organisations, they face minimal reporting conditions. There are currently 138,084 foundations in the Netherlands, three of which have been found in the past year to have acted improperly.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news