Inquiry into costs of Dutch royal plane tickets
A court in Amsterdam has ordered the Dutch Transport Ministry to reveal the Royal Family's flight expenditure.
Amsterdam--All ministries and embassies will have to report how much the ruling House of Orange has spent on flights over the past few years.
Full information about the royal use of the government plane and the booking of commercial flights has to be published. Relevant documents released earlier with blanked-out sections have to be re-published in full.
The court case was sparked by questions in the lower house. MPs suspected that the Transport Ministry had misinformed parliament when the actual costs turned out higher than reported earlier.
Active members of the Royal Family, including the queen, receive a government salary, most of which is spent on staff. Other costs incurred by the royals are covered by the national budget. In 2008 the Dutch government spent EUR 133.9 million on the monarch and her family.
The queen's salary was EUR 4.2 million in 2008, while the Dutch standard income was EUR 31,000.
Radio Netherlands/ Expatica