Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

Leeflang questions business trips Minister Larmonie

larmonie3WILLEMSTAD - Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang raises questions about the business trips of the Minister of Social Development, Welfare and Labor (SOAW), Ruthmila Larmonie.

Larmonie paid a working visit of two weeks to Chile and Colombia, which is paid from the state treasury. The duration was quite long for a working visit.”

The Minister, according Leeflang, had also a very luxurious trip.

'Fake agenda'

“In Colombia, Larmonie visited several universities engaged in the social formation of youth. Then she went to Medellin for a neighborhood development project. Then she traveled to Chile for a conference of the Economic Commission for Latin America (UN-ECLAC).” Larmonie would have, according to the MP, planned two free weekends in her journey, while her visit is paid with money from the state treasury. “Her work agenda is fabricated to hide this,” said the independent MP.


Leeflang wants to know whether rules have been drawn up for the visits of MPs and ministers. In addition, she wants to know from Prime Ivar Asjes whether he finds it acceptable that a minister is going on a business trip for two weeks without a specific agenda, and also takes daily allowance. She also wants the answer to the question why Larmonie went to Colombia and Chile in one trip, and what is the cost of this trip.


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