The Minister of Finance today reported to the Lower House of Parliament on the Dutch Central Bank's renewed assessment of my trustworthiness and expertise.
At the Minister's request this assessment was independently evaluated by Professor Michiel Scheltema. I am pleased that the new assessment confirms that my trustworthiness and expertise are beyond doubt. In my view the report reflects the way I see the role I played at DSB. I had channelled many things in the right direction, but the work had not yet been completed. This report marks the end of a difficult period, both for me personally and otherwise.
I will now be concentrating all my attention on integrating ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland. Building a new bank in today's economic climate is a challenge to which my colleagues and I are keen to respond, with our aim being within the near future to establish a bank that is trusted, that is there for its clients and that does justice to the resources that have been committed to it.
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