The parliamentary committee of inquiry that will investigate the corona crisis is an independent committee in which “there is room for all sounds”. Thats what Khadija Arib says to DecceIt. The PvdA MP and the former chairman of the Chamber were elected chairman of the preparatory committee today. In practice, the Committee of Inquiry will have the same composition.
The committee sits alongside Arib Pieter Omtzigt (Omtzigt group), Wybren van Haga (Group Van Haga), Ulysse Ellian (VVD). Vicky Maeijer (PVV), Hilde Palland (CDA), Marijke van Beukering (D66), Pepijn van Houwelingen (Forum for Democracy) and Nicki Pouw (Ja21).
aim of the committee is to take a closer look at the policy pursued and “draw lessons” for the future. “For everyone, for citizens, government and healthcare,” says Arib.
The composition of the committee is seen by some as remarkable because Forum for Democracy is also included. The party sees corona as a flu and turned against the vaccination policy. The Van Haga Group and the PVV have also repeatedly expressed considerable criticism of the policy choices during the pandemic.
According to Chairman Arib, it is good that all the sounds in the committee are heard. “There has to be room for that. There is also room for discussion. Ultimately, we draw conclusions based on facts.”
Arib does not want to say who wants to hear and question the committee. “We will first discuss this together as independent representatives of the people”. Again, according to Arib, “all opinions must be heard”.
Arib stresses the importance of operating independently, also for herself, She is “not an extension of the PvdA” in this role.
The Research Council for Safety is also investigating policy during the pandemic. A first report has already appeared. But the House also decided to conduct its own investigation in the form of a parliamentary survey at the end of last year.
A parliamentary survey is considered the toughest means of the House of Representatives. They can then independently investigate a particular issue. Witnesses are required to appear and they are heard under oath.
Since World War II, there have been twelve parliamentary surveys. The last one was from 2013 to 2016 and was about the debacle with the Fyra, the fast train connection between the Netherlands and Belgium.
Last week, the thirteenth survey began: about gas extraction in Groningen. Another survey is also planned about the surcharges affair.