Minutes of the Council of Ministers will be made public, you can expect this

Roel, which minutes are now being made public?

“The cabinet is going to publish the minutes of the meetings of the Council of Ministers in which the benefits affair was discussed.

Last year, the Van Dam parliamentary committee received anonymous summaries of these minutes of ministry. Only committee chairman Van Dam and vice-chairman Attje Kuiken were also given access to the full minutes of the Ministerial Council. The cabinet is now making both versions public. According to outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, it is about thirty pages. ”

Why is it so important that these minutes come out?

Last week’s publication of RTL Nieuws, which is based on the minutes of the Council of Ministers, shows that in 2019 information was deliberately withheld about the benefits affair. Withholding information from the House of Representatives is a political mortal sin. The cabinet contradicts this. According to outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, nothing ‘improper’ has been done. The only way to establish this with certainty is to release the documents now. to give.”

PVV leader Geert Wilders asked this weekend to also release the so-called p-minutes. What are those?

“Those are the personal minutes, notes about very sensitive discussions in the Council of Ministers. For example when talking about persons. These p-minutes are only distributed to ministers. It could well be that some of the discussion that has taken place in private about critical MPs if Pieter Omtzigt can only be found in these documents. Commission president Van Dam, nor vice president Attje Kuiken have, reportedly, read the p minutes. ”

“In a statement he issued on Friday evening, Minister Hoekstra said he thinks that the p-minutes should also be released. Circles around the cabinet confirm that this is the intention. The decision will be taken on Monday.”

Do we expect a lot of new information or did we actually already know everything?

“Even though there is already a lot on the street, if the complete minutes are released, it still gives a unique insight into the engine room of the power. “It will provide more insight into how the discussion was conducted: about withholding information from parliament, and about ‘sensitizing’ (making reason, ed.) Pieter Omtzigt.”

What are the consequences for the cabinet and specifically: for Rutte?

“Mutual trust had already been damaged by the issue of ‘Omtzigt’s position, position elsewhere’. That trust is now getting a new blow. It is now becoming clear that Rutte is not alone responsible for the management style that was so much criticized. D66 leader Sigrid Kaag and CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra were also in the cabinet that withheld information. also participate. ”

What are the consequences for the formation?

“This is another setback for the formation. Informateur Tjeenk Willink was just trying to restore the broken trust. It looks like he can start all over again.”
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