In an official response to legally binding parliamentary questions on his 2013 Bilderberg attendance, Mark Rutte hid behind Bilderberg’s Chatham House Rule while admitting the Dutch taxpayer is left with the bill for his expenses.
Answering parliamentary questions yesterday, Dutch Prime-Minister Mark Rutte refused to disclose information about his participation in the 2013 Bilderberg meeting in the UK. Citing Bilderberg’s official excuse for its long-time secrecy, the Chatham House Rule, Rutte deflected all requests for details about the meeting.
Published on the government’s official website, the Prime-Minister disclosed nothing in regards to the details pertaining to the meeting or what was discussed. He did however disclose that the Dutch taxpayer was good for the costs of his attendance.
“The costs for travel- and attendance of the Prime-Minister are booked on the national account, and amounted to Euro 1223”, Rutte responded.
Investigating the legal conditions under which a member of the government, including the Prime-Minister, may send the bill to the taxpayer for his travelling expenses, ExplosiveReports.Com has learned that Rutte may only do so when representing official state business abroad. He is not allowed to do so when he visits a private gathering that operates under some house Rule, Chatham House or otherwise. Rutte is therefore violating a government decree, ironically signed by the former queen Beatrix who herself attends the meetings annually since the 1980s. The government guidelines state that the PM may invoice these costs to the taxpayer only when “a written authorization by a proper authority is forwarded for travel-expenses pertaining to dealings outside the Netherlands”.
In 2012, Rutte was also questioned following his Bilderberg attendance in Chantilly, when he joined queen Beatrix and her son to the conference, answering similar parliamentary questions with similar official responses- namely that he attended the conference in his official capacity.
Question: In what way can the fact you have been invited to Bilderberg in your capacity as Prime-Minister be reconciled with the starting-point of the organizers (of Bilderberg), namely that no one is invited on the basis of their official capacity but rather on personal title and qualities?
Answer: As previously stated I was invited as Prime-Minister-of the Netherlands. However, the talks during the conference take place under the Chatham House Rules, to encourage and promote an open exchange of ideas and opinions.”
Rutte seems to be saying that he’s in official capacity only when travelling towards the conference, only to then become subject to Bilderberg’s House Rule, instantly turning him into a private visitor as soon as he steps over the threshold. What the PM in effect says is that his official capacity somehow melts away completely under the all-powerful sun of the Chatham House Rule. In other words, Chatham House Rule outweighs constitutional Rule. There’s no other way to read it.
“The meeting is subject under the Chatham House Rule, guaranteeing a meaningful exchange of thoughts.”, Rutte stated again yesterday, retreating into the official Bilderberg mantra.
Again: It’s important to note that under Dutch law, government officials may only invoice their expenses on the national account when on official government business in their official capacity. In addition to Prime-Minister Rutte stressing he was invited to Bilderberg in his official capacity as Prime-Minister in 2012, his foreign affairs minister joined him in admitting he attended the 2011 meeting in his-again- official capacity. These repeated statements are clearly contrasting Bilderberg’s own statements on its official website, which states that “the participants are not bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed positions”.
How can this intolerable friction even exist? Either Bilderberg is right in saying the annual confab is nothing but a private party, in which case the invited officials go on their own dime- or it’s a public function, as the elected officials state, in which case the exact minutes should be turned over instantly. There’s nothing for it.
Jurriaan Maessen is the writer and editor at Explosive Reports
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm