‘Prince should quit central bank board’

MPs have raised questions about crown prince Willem-Alexander’s job as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch central bank, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

Criticism of the central bank’s role in the economic crisis could have an effect on the prince himself, the paper reported a majority of MPs as saying.
‘A few years ago this job appeared to be innocent but that is no longer the case,’ the paper quoted the leader of the centre-left D66 party, Alexander Pechtold, as saying.
The central bank has been criticised for its role in the bankruptcy of internet bank Icesave and is likely to come under attack again when the parliamentary inquiry into the economic crisis gets under way.
Ministers see no reason for the prince to quit the board, the paper says.
Last week, the prince told reporters that he confined his role to looking at the way the bank itself functioned rather than its strategy.
The state information service said the prince’s job at the bank is part of his preparations to be king.

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