Very little is known about how European Parliamentarians spend the about 4,300 thousand euros per month they receive fo expense compensation, NOS reports based on a European research project the broadcaster and 48 other journalists took part in. Many of the Dutch politicians NOS questioned on the matter, were reluctant to give information.
State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media wants to add an obligation to the new Media Law that will force public broadcasters to be transparent about costs like top salaries and football rights if politicians ask for it, he said to the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
Dekker believes that the public broadcasters' spending must be checkable because it is public money.
The public broadcasters are against this idea. They argue that journalistic independence could be put at stake and that the information is competition-sensitive.
The Dutch government is working on a law that entails criteria foreign funders must meet if they want to give money to a Dutch institution, according to a letter the cabinet sent to parliament on Monday, Het Parool reports.
One of the things the government is considering is an obligation of all foundations in the Netherlands to be transparent about the donations they receive. In this way problematic and undesirable foreign financing to, for example, religious institutions can be better addressed, the government wrote, according to the newspaper.
It seems that the VVD is not living up to its own new rules on financial transparency. Last year the ruling party announced that it would publish all donations to local chapters that are above 4,500 euros. The VVD received at least a quarter of a million euros in such donations, but none of them are indicated in the annual report for 2014