Dutch government's 2019 purchase of Air France-KLM shares 'irregular': audit office

But, in a surprise ruling, the court said under the country’s constitution, ministers “must inform parliament of such transactions in advance,” and not present them with a done deal after the fact.
Dutch government's 2019 purchase of Air France-KLM shares 'irregular': audit office
A 2019 move by the Dutch government to buy a 14% stake in Air France-KLM was not in accordance with the country’s laws, the Netherlands’ Court of Audit ruled on Wednesday.
The government purchased the shares without informing parliament as part of a campaign to increase its influence over Air France’s KLM subsidiary, arguing that if it had announced its intention publicly, it would have violated insider trading rules and increased the cost.
But, in a surprise ruling, the court said under the country’s constitution, ministers “must inform parliament of such transactions in advance,” and not present them with a done deal after the fact.
“In our opinion, the transaction was therefore irregular,” it said.

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