The cabinet wants to bring in new rules about foreign finance for foundations, following concerns about the source of some cash sent to mosques and other Islamic institutions.

The new rules could set strict criteria for donations from abroad and may also require institutions to be more transparent about where their funding comes from, justice minister Ard van der Steur and social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher said in a briefing to parliament.

The draft legislation may include extra powers for the tax office and government ministries to exchange information about foreign donations. The ministers also want agreements made with Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE about transparency and funding.

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