In the accountability debate, the House is critical of the money that the cabinet spent during the corona crisis, without it being clear whether all purchased items have actually been delivered. “In the midst of a crisis, that is still quite explainable,” explains VVD MP Heinen. But: “I assume that the Minister of Finance has now set up a project to find out after all. It is a matter of calling healthcare institutions and counting devices.”
According to SP MP Alkaya, it also affects the functioning of the House: “What I blame the government is that the accounting and organization were so not in order that we as MPs can no longer even check afterwards whether too much has been bought. and whether too much has been paid, because there is simply no receipts or no proof.”
Several parties therefore come up with proposals to put things in order. D66 MP Sneller wants the ministries of Health and Defence, which were hit hard by the Court of Audit, to report to the House several times in the coming year on how their problems are being solved. CDA MP Van Dijk wants the financial management departments of all ministries to be examined.
The House is also critical of the jungle of tax regulations, of which in many cases it is not clear whether they work at all. Several parties agree with the criticism of the Court of Audit, which investigated all tax measures. “Every time the observation was that the objectives are vague, the substantiation is lacking, the result is unclear and evaluations are rare,” was the hard conclusion.
“That’s tough,” says PvdD MP Van Raan about the verdict. And CU Member of Parliament Grinwis sees that this is certainly not the first time: “The Court of Audit’s conclusions have been the same for twenty years.”
Several parties therefore propose on Wednesday, during the debate on the financial accountability of the outgoing cabinet for 2020, to cut the tax regulations considerably, as the Court of Audit also proposes. PvdA MP Nijboer also foresees a positive effect of this in getting the accounts in order: “Can’t pruning tax regulations help?”
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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