What is the effect of the CTIVD reports?
In its reports the Committee draws conclusions and makes recommendations. These are advisory opinions and recommendations to the minister. They are not binding. The minister responsible for GISS or for DISS, as applicable, sends the Committee´s report to parliament. In his reaction to the report the minister explains to parliament what he is going to do with the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee.
What happens if the minister does not follow up the conclusions and recommendations?
In practice, the minister usually undertakes to follow up the conclusions and recommendations. If he does not do so, then parliament can call the minister to account for this. It does so in three ways:
- In public by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Interior and Kingdom Relations (in the case of reports concerning DISS.
- In public by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence (in the case of reports concerning DISS).
- In secret by the permanent Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security Services (in the case of secret appendices).