Geert Wilders anti-immigration PVV, which is campaigning in the current election on an anti-European ticket, wrongly claimed money from Brussels for a report on the euro, according to current affairs show Reporter.
Friday night’s broadcast will show how the PVV broke European rules by declaring the costs of the research to the European parliament, even though the report was for the Dutch parliamentary wing of the party.
Former PVV parliamentarian Marcial Hernandez told the programme claiming the money from Europe had been discussed within the party’s foreign affairs committee in The Hague.
‘There it was suggested to see if we could get the money to finance the research from Europe,’ Hernandez said.
The report on the cost of the euro to the Netherlands was drawn up by London-based bureau Lombard Street Research.
In addition, the PVV tried to claim a further €13,000 from Brussels for a translation of the report, including 11 days research. That claim was rejected, Reporter says.
Wilders has always claimed the PVV receives no official subsidies. He has not yet commented in detail on the television show’s claims.
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