Maxima upset by citizenship controversy
20 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Argentinean-born Princess Maxima is "very unhappy" with the negative media reports that surfaced this week over her accelerated naturalisation in 2001. "It particularly pains her that the impression has arisen something went wrong and that it is her fault," the Government Information Service (RVD) said.
20 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — Argentinean-born Princess Maxima is "very unhappy" with the negative media reports that surfaced this week over her accelerated naturalisation in 2001.
"It particularly pains her that the impression has arisen something went wrong and that it is her fault," the Government Information Service (RVD) said.
"All Dutch people must observe legal procedures, also the members of the royal house."
Inquiries by television programme Twee Vandaag and magazine Nieuwe Revue indicated that Princess Maxima breached normal regulations when she applied for citizenship with the Queen's Cabinet instead of with the mayor of her city of residence.
The RVD said the request was subsequently passed onto the Justice Minister. "The Queen's Cabinet only did what a municipal council would have done in other cases," the RVD said.
On the royal family's website www.koninklijkhuis.nl, the RVD focuses a large amount of attention to the matter, newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' reported on Friday.
But the RVD has also said in the past that the situation of Princess Maxima — who wants to become a positive symbol for other immigrant women in the Netherlands — was different because she was to become a member of the nation's royal house.
It was pertinent then that she became a Dutch citizen prior to the parliamentary proceedings relating to her Amsterdam marriage in February 2002 to Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.
The granting of Dutch citizenship to the Maxima was applied via article 10 of the Dutch statute law. Some 880 people had already availed of this article prior to Maxima.
This procedure means that in exceptional cases Dutch citizenship can be granted on commission of the Justice Ministry by royal decree. It can only be used when special circumstances apply.
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk refused to apply article 10 for the Ivory Coast national and Feyenoord footballer Salomon Kalou, who recently tried in vain to become a Dutch citizen to play for the national soccer team.
Verdonk said she operates a restrictive policy and eventually decided against allowing Kalou citizenship via the accelerated procedure.
It means he will need to have lived five years in the Netherlands before becoming eligible for Dutch nationality.
Opposition parties Labour PvdA and green-left GroenLinks demanded Verdonk further explain her reasoning earlier this week.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news