Dutch MPs vote to set new caps on political donations

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MPs voted on plans to set stricter limits on political donations, including a €100,000 cap on donations from individuals.

MPs also voted to publish the names of all donors giving more than €1,000 to a party, reducing the current limit of €4,500, and again backed a total ban on foreign donations.

The far-right PVV and FvD parties, as well as the ruling VVD and D66 parties, have all received large donations from abroad in recent years.

The proposal to set a maximum limit on donations was drawn up by independent MP Pieter Omtzigt and Renske Leijten of the SP. They say the size of some donations harms the political system and gives rise to potential conflicts of interest.

The Dutch political parties represented in parliament are largely supported by the taxpayer, depending on their membership and the number of deputies.

The new rules will not be implemented until a bill has been drafted and passed by both houses of parliament.

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