Political ‘movements’ eligible for subsidies

Political movements with no members, such as Geert Wilders anti-Islam PVV, will soon be eligible for government subsidies, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Thursday.

At the moment, parties must have at least 1,000 members to qualify for state cash, but that condition is set to disappear, the paper says.
If the PVV achieves the electoral success opinion polls suggest, it will be able to claim around €1m out of the total budget of €15m.
However, in order to qualify for the funding, movements like the PVV will have to be transparent about political donations, something which Wilders has consistently refused to do.
Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst wants all donations of over €750 to be made public. The ceiling is currently just over €4,500. She also wants to introduce a maximum gift of €50,000.

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