Regulators to be merged into mega consumer watchdog

The cabinet is considering merging the big three consumer watchdogs into a single body, the Financieele Dadblad reports on Thursday.

The paper says the consumer body Consumentenauthoriteit, the competition authority NMa and the telecoms watchdog Opta are to be combined into a powerful organisation which will cut costs by 10% a year.
The move has been prompted by cabinet plans to reduce the size of the government apparatus.
In time, parts of the healthcare watchdog Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit may also be included, the paper says.
The plan, drawn up by economic affairs and innovation minister Maxime Verhagen, will be discussed by the cabinet on Friday.

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