Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Neelie Kroes visiting Travis Kalanick, the then CEO of Uber.Photo: ANP/Jerry Lampen

Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not have to account for his contact with fellow party member Neelie Kroes in her role as representative of the taxi company Uber for the time being. Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt wanted a debate about this with Rutte and State Secretary Marnix van Rij (Tax and Tax Administration), and received support from the entire opposition. But the coalition parties VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie opposed that.

Former European Commissioner and VVD minister Kroes was discredited in July last year after revelations about secret lobbying for the American Uber. E-mails, WhatsApp messages and other documents in the hands of the consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) showed that Kroes started working for Uber immediately after her term in Brussels, despite a ban from her former employer, the European Commission. Kroes may have violated the committee’s integrity rules. Partly at her insistence, there was a meeting between Rutte and Travis Kalanick, the then CEO of Uber.

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