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6 October 2016
Public real estate is paid for from the public purse, represents public capital and should serve the public interest. The Court of Audit’s real estate audit theme aims to improve accountability for real estate by central government and arm’s length institutions such as care and education institutions. In this part of the audit theme we report on the first phase of our audit of university real estate. We focus on the roles played by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science and by the Education Inspectorate.
3 October 2016
A wide range of measures have been announced in recent years to improve the budget balance and thus strengthen public finances. Nearly six years since the first package of measures was agreed and nearly four years since the Rutte/Asscher government took office, we have audited whether the measures have been implemented and what effect they have had.
8 September 2016
The government wants all its transactions with the public and businesses to be settled electronically by 2017. The public and businesses must therefore be able to identify themselves digitally. With current methods such as DigiD being too vulnerable, the government is currently making preparations to introduce a new electronic identification and authentication system (eID system). We investigated whether the government’s development of the new system satisfied the governance, business case and supervision requirements.
30 June 2016
Tackling problem debt is high on the agenda of both government and the House of Representatives. It is estimated that 16% of all households in the Netherlands have a problem debt or are at risk of having one. The problem has been the subject of several studies in recent years. Our recent report on it presents an overarching picture of how the government is tackling it. We asked what was known about the organisation and impact of debt assistance, debt management and debt restructuring.
18 May 2016
The Court of Audit expresses an opinion on the reliability of the National Declaration on Accountability Day (the third Wednesday in May) every year. The Netherlands issues the National Declaration to account for the funds it receives from the European Union to implement EU projects. In our Report on the National Declaration 2016, we conclude that the declaration gives a true and fair view of the functioning of the systems in place to manage and control EU funds spent in the Netherlands. It also gives a reliable view of the regularity, accuracy and completeness of the financial transactions down to the level of the final beneficiary. The preparation of the declaration was also on the whole reliable.
18 May 2016
Foreign experts who are seconded to the Netherlands can enjoy a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their gross salary. The scheme, which cost nearly €700 million in 2014, is designed to attract people with scarce expertise to the Netherlands and improve the business climate. Is it working?