Both the Senate and the House of Representatives do not take sufficient time to properly assess laws and decisions in advance. That says Arno Visser, the president of the Court of Audit, on Saturday Faithful.
“Reflection afterwards is also lacking, unless a parliamentary inquiry is being conducted”, says Visser, who argues for more “common sense and deepening”.
According to Visser, the consequences for civil servants are major if MPs do not acquire sufficient knowledge about the consequences of the plans they approve. Subsequently, citizens become disappointed by this, he argues.
The president of the Court of Audit is referring to the childcare allowance affair and the investigation into problems at implementing organizations, such as the Tax and Customs Administration, benefits agency UWV and the Central Bureau for Driving License (CBR), which the Lower House is still working on. The report on implementing organizations is expected to be published at the end of February.
According to Visser, who heads the government’s highest supervisory body, the House of Representatives should conduct its own investigations more often. Lessons from the past should be taken to heart by parliament, as conclusions from previous investigations show a pattern, he says.
Visser states that the information provided to the House is not in order. “There is insufficient knowledge about the implementation of laws and there is a headlong reorganization. Parliament must therefore be careful not to make these mistakes anymore, but so far it has happened.”