Dutch royal palace, expensive reconstruction

This video is about Huis ten Bosch royal palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today, about one of the royal palaces, Huis ten Bosch in The Hague:

The palace will be restored and renovated from next year until 2017. Then the king and his family will live there. The cost is estimated at 35 million euros. …

The state will pay the renovation, being the owner of the building. However, the king must pay for “facilities that are clearly private.” That might include, for example, a swimming pool and a gym.

State security

The NOS had asked for all information about the cost and implementation of reconstruction. It is about 220 papers, reports, memos and emails. The government, however, refused to show most documents in whole or in part. The argument is that publication could be harmful to the security and financial interests of the state and the private sphere of the king and other stakeholders.

Because of all these restrictions, it is impossible to assess what the costs are about.

Update May 2015: here.

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