Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dutch PM Refuses To Disclose Details Of His Taxpayer-Funded Bilderberg Visit

Jurriaan Maessen
June 12, 2013

In an official response to legally binding parliamentary questions on his 2013 Bilderberg attendance, Mark Rutte hid behind Bilderberg’s Chatham House Rule while admitting the Dutch taxpayer is left with the bill for his expenses.

Answering parliamentary questions yesterday, Dutch Prime-Minister Mark Rutte refused to disclose information about his participation in the 2013 Bilderberg meeting in the UK. Citing Bilderberg’s official excuse for its long-time secrecy, the Chatham House Rule, Rutte deflected all requests for details about the meeting.

Published on the government’s official website, the Prime-Minister disclosed nothing in regards to the details pertaining to the meeting or what was discussed. He did however disclose that the Dutch taxpayer was good for the costs of his attendance.

“The costs for travel- and attendance of the Prime-Minister are booked on the national account, and amounted to Euro 1223”, Rutte responded.

Investigating the legal conditions under which a member of the government, including the Prime-Minister, may send the bill to the taxpayer for his travelling expenses, ExplosiveReports.Com has learned that Rutte may only do so when representing official state business abroad. He is not allowed to do so when he visits a private gathering that operates under some house Rule, Chatham House or otherwise. Rutte is therefore violating a government decree, ironically signed by the former queen Beatrix who herself attends the meetings annually since the 1980s. The government guidelines state that the PM may invoice these costs to the taxpayer only when “a written authorization by a proper authority is forwarded for travel-expenses pertaining to dealings outside the Netherlands”.

In 2012, Rutte was also questioned following his Bilderberg attendance in Chantilly, when he joined queen Beatrix and her son to the conference, answering similar parliamentary questions with similar official responses- namely that he attended the conference in his official capacity.

Question: In what way can the fact you have been invited to Bilderberg in your capacity as Prime-Minister be reconciled with the starting-point of the organizers (of Bilderberg), namely that no one is invited on the basis of their official capacity but rather on personal title and qualities?

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