Cost of 100-day tour rises to €3.2m

The cabinet’s 100-day tour of the country cost more than €3.2m according to Liberal (VVD) MP Charlie Aptroot in Tuesday’s Telegraaf. ‘That is shocking for what was just an advertising campaign for this cabinet,’ he told the paper.

The cabinet undertook its tour in April to gauge public opinion on its policies. The money was spent the money on events, films and presentations. The opposition VVD has condemned the cost as ‘throwing money away’.
Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende sent a review of the costs to parliament on Monday. But because not all the bills are in, the total may be higher.
Earlier this summer it emerged that aid minister Bert Koenders and deputy prime minister André Rouvoet had broken government spending rules by not putting events they staged out to tender.

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