- A few weeks before the parliamentary elections in March, the Dutch government resigned.
- The government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is drawing the conclusions from an affair over child benefits in which around 20,000 parents were falsely portrayed as fraudsters and plunged into great financial hardship.
- A commission of inquiry was set up, which came to the conclusion in December that the tax authorities had failed on a large scale.
The government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is drawing the conclusions from an unprecedented affair over child benefits. Around 20,000 parents were falsely portrayed as fraudsters between 2013 and 2019 and plunged into great financial hardship.
The rule of law has failed all along the line
The government has already promised compensation of 30,000 euros per family.
The rule of law had failed across the board and “citizens were not protected against a powerful state,” said Rutte.
A symbolic step
Before the meeting began, various ministers indicated that resignation was inevitable. A clear “break” is necessary, said the Minister for Foreign Trade, Sigrid Kaag. “Trust in the state must be restored.”
The resignation is seen primarily as a symbolic step and is unlikely to have any impact on the outcome of the election on March 17th. Rutte assured that the fight against the corona pandemic would continue unabated.