Council of State, Ombudsman and Court of Auditors: laws should be simpler

The Council of State, the National Ombudsman and the Court of Auditors, together with the informer and the negotiating parties in the formation, want to discuss ‘confidence’. Among other things, they want the rules to be simpler.

Vice President De Graaf van de Raad van de Raad van State, Ombudsman Van Zutphen and President Visser said in the TV programme Buitenhof that all three of them have to deal with the same problems in their field.

They have already been received separately by Informer Tjeenk Willink, but when the real negotiations begin, they want to reaffirm the importance of their plea with a possible new informer and the parties talking about a coalition together.

Trusting relationship government and citizen
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many ways trust is a key word in the formation and De Graaf stressed, as in the annual report of the Council of State, that the relationship of trust between government and citizens should also be improved. Among other things, he wants the quality of legislation to be improved and that implementation organisations such as the UWV also have a say about it.

The three call on the parties in the formation to keep an eye on the โ€œhuman measureโ€ in the rules. They find that policy is increasingly difficult to implement and very complicated.

Simple rules

โ€œ All three of us see that we have to go back to simplicity,โ€ said Visser. He added that the ‘checks and balances’ in the rule of law do not function on parts: โ€œWhatever cabinet comes, whatever ministers are there, with any coalition agreement, they are going to encounter this.โ€

Van Zutphen summed it up like this: โ€œYou have to understand how important it is for the government to make contact, understand what it is about, and make simple rules. In the end, it comes down to the question: what does anyone who lives in Harlingen or in Oosterbeek notice?โ€ He stressed that there should not only be ‘counter-power’ against the government, but also against implementing organisations, because it is where things often go wrong.