Parliament not willing to make cutbacks

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - Parliament is not willing to make any cutbacks on its own operation to contribute to the EUR 750 million that the coalition parties agreed to save on the national government.

29 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - Parliament is not willing to make any cutbacks on its own operation to contribute to the EUR 750 million that the coalition parties agreed to save on the national government.

Speaker of Parliament Gerdi Verbeet wrote this to Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst.

Verbeet wrote that the functioning of Parliament could be compromised if it is forced to make cutbacks to parliamentary employees.

The spokesperson for the speaker said that the letter should be seen as the start of the yearly process of determining a budget for Parliament. This budget is always set in June. This budget has caused conflicts between Parliament and the cabinet in the past.

It is not clear what the cutbacks provided for in the coalition accord could mean for Parliament exactly. Insiders think that the cabinet could be aiming to save several million euro by cuts to Parliament's apparatus.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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