Financial statement again leaked

The government’s financial statement (miljoenennota), due to be presented during Tuesday’s budget, has once again been leaked to tv company RTL.

Copies of the statement were circulated to parliamentary party leaders under embargo on Friday, but will not be given to MPs and journalists until Tuesday morning.
RTL said it had decided not to place the document on the internet, as it did after previous leaks, to protect its source,. Each copy of the statement has security codes making it possible to trace the source.
Many of the main points of the financial statement have already been published: such as the €7bn increase in taxes, which means most households will have less to spend.
The statement also says that the budget surplus will hit 0.5% next year, rising to 1% by 2011, slightly less than agreed in the coalition accord.
Last year there were very few leaks connected to the budget because no embargo copies were distributed.

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