Cost of royal family's flights should be made known
The Dutch parliament is demanding for clarification of cost of plane trips made by the royal family as discrepancies arise.14 April 2008
The Dutch parliament is demanding that prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende clarify the cost of plane trips made by the royal family. On Saturday evening, a current affairs programme showed documents proving that the government failed to fully inform parliament about these costs for years.
Between 2001 and 2006, the Dutch royal family spent EUR 8 million of the taxpayers' money on air travel, of which one-and-a-half million was for private trips. For years, much lower amounts were listed in government budgets and annual reports.
Labour, the Socialist Party, the Freedom Party and the Democrat D66 party have called on prime minister Balkenende to provide a written statement explaining the discrepancies on Tuesday.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]