Top man Hans van den Berg of Tata Steel Netherlands does not intend to explain to the House of Representatives about the emission of toxic substances by the steel company in IJmuiden. Instead, Tata wants to send director Marco Workel, responsible for the company’s health policy.
D66 is furious and still wants to force Van den Berg to come to the Chamber. This is confirmed by a party spokesperson after reporting by The Telegraph.
There was broad support in the Chamber for a hearing with Van den Berg. D66 member Kiki Hagen wanted him to come and explain ‘the structural violation of permits, extreme environmental and health damage, procedures, countless penalty payments and, on top of that, not keeping promises to the environment’.
According to her, ‘a deputy director’ cannot answer questions about this. That is why she wants a parliamentary questioning, so that Van den Berg is obliged to come. A spokesman for the party says there is a ‘very good chance’ that questioning will take place.
But Tata thinks it is appropriate to send Workel instead of Van den Berg. “The Chamber wanted a substantive conversation about health and Tata Steel. Then you end up with Marco,” said a spokesman.
Hagen speaks of ‘running away behavior’ by Van den Berg. “This is a slap in the face to residents.”
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