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Economic Secretary in Netherlands to step down amidst poison egg scandal

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State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs is stepping down on September 1st to go to his new job at NPO, whether or not there's a new cabinet.

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His decision to go through with his planned departure despite the raging fipronil contaminated egg crisis, for which he partially carries responsibility, is leading to criticism from other politicians.

Though the poultry sector itself is not sad to see him go, AD reports.

"If you want to know honestly: Van Dam can go earlier, as far as I'm concerned", Hennie de Haan of Dutch poultry farmers union NVP said to the newspaper.

"He knows nothing about poultry farming. He just came up with plans that ensure unfair competition for Dutch farmers compared to other European Member States. No, his departure is keeping no one in the sector up at night." Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs will well be able to handle the egg crisis, better even, according to De Haan.

According to former Tweede Kamer president Frans Weisglas (VVD), leaving in the midst of a crisis you carry responsibility for is a terrible thing to do.

"This is abandoning a sinking ship", he said to AD. "In the middle of a crisis you say: bye, I'm off to Hilversum. I think he should have told NPO: there is an emergency, I'll come two months later. They would understand."

PVV parliamentarian Dion Graus calls leaving now a "cowardly streak". "He is the shepherd of the animals and the farmers, he can't do this."