CDA Limburg commends former Commissioners Ger Koopmans and Hubert Mackus for their “difficult but courageous decision” to resign while remaining open to ongoing investigations.
“They bear their administrative responsibility for what they did not supervise and for what happened under their administration. It is purely constitutional law,” the regional branch wrote in a statement signed by President Harold Schroeder.
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Self-interest and self-enrichment
According to Schroeder, CDA has always been a party to “ideals, values, and standards”. “We expect our people to be at the heart of society and contribute to good, strong and ethical management. This requires something. Within our party, based on our principles, there is no room for self-interest and self-enrichment.”
With this, Schroeder appears to have turned away from former commissioner Hermann Frein, who has been criticized since Monday by the NRC. According to that newspaper, the former CDA MP diverted tons of subsidies to his own operating companies, and for years had hired himself for a plus amount as a director of the Small Landscape Object Preservation (IKL) Foundation.
Friday was Ax Day in what is now called the Vrehen Affair: Commissars Koopmans and Mackus announced their departure, Vrehen was finally thanked as Director of IKL and the Supervisory Board of IKL would also resign once it was successful.
Governor Theo Bovins described the Freen case as detrimental to Limburg’s image.
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