Mark Rutte: It’s a joint responsibility if whole system failed

Published on 16 Jan 2021 11:53:22 AM

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Friday that his government had offered their resignation over wrongful accusations of fraud by the tax authorities that drove thousands of families to financial ruin, often on the basis of ethnicity.

“We are unanimous. If the whole system has failed, only joint responsibility can be borne. With today's decision, the government wants to do justice to those who have been unprecedentedly wronged,” he said.

Around 10,000 families had been forced to repay tens of thousands of euros each, in some cases leading to unemployment, bankruptcies and divorces.