State wins legal battle over campaign funds

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — A court has ruled in The Hague the EUR 3.5 million in extra funding the Dutch government allocated to its 'yes campaign' for the referendum on the EU Constitution was not unlawful.

25 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — A court has ruled in The Hague the EUR 3.5 million in extra funding the Dutch government allocated to its 'yes campaign' for the referendum on the EU Constitution was not unlawful.

Opponents to the constitution lodged the legal action against the Dutch State claiming referendum law allows only EUR 1 million to be allocated to government campaigns.

The No Constitution Committee also said the independent referendum commission had to divvy the funding up.

However, a judge in The Hague ruled on Wednesday against the committee. The court's reasoning will be given at a later date.

The EUR 3.5 million the government is spending in its 'yes campaign' has been used to fund an information leaflet which has already been distributed and advertising.

The Dutch public will vote on the constitution in an advisory referendum on 1 June. Polls are tipping a majority to vote against the constitution.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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