Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Bruins Slot of the Interior must clarify the use of private emails by Minister De Jonge during the corona crisis.
As Minister of Health, De Jonge used his personal iCloud email address to communicate on all kinds of work-related topics, contrary to the explicit advice from the Handbook for Government Persons.
Opposition parties GroenLinks and Volt and MP Omtzigt are afraid that as a result important information about the course of the corona crisis has been lost and that it is no longer easy to determine whether the corona crisis has been properly addressed.
Rutte and Bruins Slot must clarify, among other things, whether messages “from this iCloud email address are safe and fully stored” and can be made public for the parliamentary survey into the corona policy.
Thursday is a parliamentary debate about the face mask deal that the Ministry of Health and Welfare has concluded with Sywert van Lienden. The debate is with Minister Helder of Long-Term Care and not De Jonge, who is now Minister for Housing and Spatial Planning. There is an investigation by accountant Deloitte into the face mask deal and until then he doesnt want to say anything about it.
From a reconstruction of De Volkskrant based on Wobrequests, it became clear at the end of March that De Jonge himself gave the first push on the controversial face mask deal, via apps that the CDA minister sent to a senior official.
So now that includes the use of private mail for work. Because the information from the Wobrequests also shows that De Jonge did not comply with the regulations in the Handbook. In it, the use of a private mail account for work-related purposes is “seriously” discouraged.
De Volkskrant asked the Ministry of Health and Welfare today why De Jonge did this anyway. “It is a personal consideration of the former minister of health and welfare,” said the information department.
The information department acknowledges that “cannot be ruled out” that information has been lost.
In 2016, Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs got into trouble when it turned out that he had used his gmail account for his work.
The three opposition parties also want to know from Rutte and Bruins Slot which ministers in the previous and current cabinet also used their private mail for the work.