More ministers 'double-jobbing'

31st August 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Aside from Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman, at least three other members of the government have sideline responsibilities, Government information service RVD revealed on Wednesday.

31 August 2005

AMSTERDAM  — Aside from Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman, at least three other members of the government have sideline responsibilities, Government information service RVD revealed on Wednesday.

The RVD said it was currently investigating how many ministers have another function outside their ministerial responsibility and whether they sough permission to retain them.

A preliminary check has indicated Foreign Minister Ben Bot and Economic Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst are members of the recommending committee for the Amsterdam-China Festival.

Brinkhorst is also on the recommending committee of the foundation running the celebrations of the 400-year link between Morocco and the Netherlands.

Junior minister Karien van Gennip (Economic Affairs) is a member of the recommending committee for the Rembrandtjaar 2006 celebrations.

There was no suggestion on Wednesday that either of the three ministers benefited from their membership of these committees.

The RVD statement comes amid the controversy surrounding Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman who has admitted signing documents for one of his seven farming businesses.

The parliamentary code of conduct states that ministers must give up control of private businesses and relinquish directorships unless allowed to retain them by the prime minister.

Veerman's Dutch firms were put under the control of a foundation when he was appointed a minister. His three businesses in France are administered by a solicitor. But Veerman has admitted he signed the annual account for one of these businesses.

In his defence he claims the business was inactive and signing the annual report was a foolish mistake.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has expressed full support for Veerman.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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