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Accounting Office and Zuidoost still talking

9 July 2008 - Despite the intention of three PvdA Zuidoost district council members to sue the Accounting Office, the institution will continue talks with the district council. However, director Victor Eiff says his enthusiasm to settle his conflict with the council has 'not increased'.

Last year, the Accounting Office published a critical report on conflicts of interest among council members in Zuidoost. When the PvdA commissioned a 'second opinion' from a private research company and criticised the Accounting Office, Eiff (photo) said the lack of trust made it impossible for him to keep working for the Zuidoost district council.

Last week, three PvdA council members who had been accused of conflicts of interest by the Accounting Office announced they intend to sue the institution for harming their reputation. They would also have filed formal complaints.

At the PvdA website, party leader Muriel Dalgliesh distanced herself from the initiative of the three council members, saying she had been taken by surprise by what she regards as a private initiative. She said the initiative should not stand in the way of attempts to reach a settlement with the Accounting Office.

In a response, Eiff says he agrees, "although my enthusiasm has not increased, especially since a prominent PvdA member was behind the initiative" (he refers to Zuidoost chairman Nick Bolte who is a spokesperson for the three council members, allegedly acting in a personal capacity).

Mediator Mark van der Horst told het Parool that talks between the Accounting Office and Zuidoost have been put on hold because of the initiative, but Eiff says negotiations will resume after the summer. His main demand is that the Zuidoost district council distances itself from 'disqualifying remarks' about the Accounting Office.


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