Ministry of Finance (Netherlands)
The Ministry of Finance (Dutch: Ministerie van Financiën; FIN) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for economic policy, monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax policy, incomes policy, financial regulation, the government budget and the financial market. The Ministry was created in 1798 as the Department of Finance of the Batavian Republic. It became the Ministry of Finance in 1876. The Minister of Finance (Dutch: Minister van Financiën) is the head of the Ministry and a member of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. The current Minister is Wopke Hoekstra.
|Dutch: Ministerie van Financiën|
Building of the Ministry of Finance
|Formed||12 March 1798|
|Jurisdiction||Kingdom of the Netherlands|
|Headquarters||Korte Voorhout 7, The Hague, Netherlands|
|Annual budget||€11,7 billion (2013)|
|Deputy Minister responsible|
|Website||Ministry of Finance|
The ministry was founded in 1798. In the early history of the ministry, the Prime Minister often served as Minister of Finance. Pieter Philip van Bosse served as Minister of Finance five times. Since 1965 a State Secretary has been appointed each formation with responsibility for taxation. The most recent Prime Minister to serve as his own Minister of Finance was Jelle Zijlstra (1966–67).
The ministry has the duty to "guard the treasury and aim for a financially sound and prosperous state of the Netherlands.
- It is responsible for the income and expenditure of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- It collects the taxes and develops fiscal legislation.
- It seeks to expend the budget of the government responsibly, efficiently and effectively.
- It is also responsible for financial-economic policy.
- It supervises the financial markets, banks and financial transfers.
The ministry is currently headed by one minister and one State secretary. The ministry's main office is located in the centre of The Hague at the Korte Voorhout. It employs almost 1,500 civil servants. The civil service is headed by a secretary general and a deputy secretary general, who head a system of four directorates general:
- General Treasury (financial economic policy), led by the Treasurer-General
- Agency of the General Treasury
- Directorate Financing
- Directorate Financial Markets
- Directorate Foreign Financial Relations
- Directorate General for the Budget
- Directorate Budget Affairs
- Inspection of National Finances
- Directorate General for Fiscal Affairs
- Directorate General Fiscal Policy
- Directorate Taxation Management
- Directorate International Affairs and Excise Tax
- Directorate General for Taxation
It is also responsible for several decentralized services:
A list of all companies (partially owned) by the Dutch government via the Ministry of Finance.
List of companies of which the Ministry of Finance acts merely as shareholder.
List of policy holdings in which the role of shareholder and policy maker cannot be unbundled from each other. These companies are (partially) owned by the Ministry of Finance and managed by the relevant ministry.
|ProRail B.V.||100%||Infrastructure||Ministry of Infrastructure||Netherlands|
|De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)||100%||Finance||Ministry of Finance|
|EBN B.V.||100%||Energy||Ministry of Economic Affairs|
|Saba Statia Cable System B.V. (SSCS)||100%||Communication||Ministry of the Interior||Saba|
|Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij oost Nederland N.V. (Oost NL)||54,6%||Private equity||Ministry of Economic Affairs||Netherlands|
|Industriebank Limburgs Instituut voor Ontwikkeling en Financiering N.V. (LIOF)||50%|
|Noord-Nederlandse Investerings- en Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij N.V. (NOM)||50%|
|Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM)||49,9%|
|Investeringsfonds Zeeland B.V.||47,3%|
|Innovation Quarter B.V.||40,2%|
|Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP)||7,95%||Infrastructure||Ministry of Infrastructure||Curaçao|
|Saba Bank Resources N.V. (Saba Bank)||2,8%||Energy||Ministry of Economic Affairs||Saba|
Temporarily financial institutionsEdit
NLFI is the shareholder on behalf of the Dutch Government in the financial institutions that are state-owned as a result of the financial crisis.
|Company||Share||Sector||Country of operation|
|Stichting administratiekantoor beheer financiële instellingen / NL Financial Investments (NLFI)||100%||Finance||Netherlands|
|ABN AMRO Bank N.V.||56%|
- (in Dutch) IX Financiën en Nationale Schuld, Rijksoverheid, 18 September 2012
- "Wopke Hoekstra (CDA), bezige bij en nu minister van Financiën" (in Dutch). NOS. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Generale Thesaurie". Rijksoverheid (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
- "Directoraat-generaal Rijksbegroting". Rijksoverheid (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
- "Directoraat-generaal voor Fiscale Zaken". Rijksoverheid (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
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- (in Dutch) Ministerie van Financiën (Rijksoverheid)