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Subsidy affair at PvdA congress

7 June 2008 - At the national PvdA congress next weekend, the Amsterdam Oud-West branch of the party will present a motion criticising the way in which the party has handled last year's subsidy affair in Zuidoost.

About a year ago, the Accounting Office published a report stating that PvdA council members in Zuidoost had voted on subsidies for organisations they were themselves involved in. The PvdA commissioned a second opinion from a commercial research institute, which said that the integrity breaches had not been serious.

Subsequently, a national party committee concluded that there was no reason for the council members to step down.

The Oud-West branch says that national party has failed in its duties by uncritically adopting the findings of the committee. The committee's conclusions would have been poorly substantiated. Many party members would be dissatisfied with the way in which the party has handled the affair.

Earlier this year, only 18% of participants in a survey among district council members said they agreed with the decision to allow the Zuidoost council members to stay on. A large majority of PvdA members supported the decision to commission a second opinion.

The Oud-West motion was removed from the PvdA Amsterdam website earlier this week, but was subsequently republished.

Image: Wikipedia / Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie

UPDATE 8 June - The motion had inadvertently been published too early and was therefore temporarily removed from the website, Jochem Floor says. Floor is Oud-West's delegate to the congress.

The national party advises to adopt the motion 'in part'. It claims that it is already doing all the motion asks for. Floor disagrees: "The party board is not nearly doing all we're asking for". He expects that there will be support for the motion within the party.


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