History of the DSTA

The Dutch State Treasury Agency has known a long history. After the abdication of King William I in 1840, the Minister of Finance became responsible for the finances of the Kingdom of the Netherlands instead of the King himself. The minister then established the DSTA on 22 March 1841 in Amsterdam in order to assist him with his financial matters.

Parlementsgebouwen en skyline van Den Haag
Image: Outlook 2014
Parliament and The Hague skyline

The memorandum of Association laid down the following objective “Handling of such affairs in the benefit of the country and for the convenience of the people”. This rather vague objective has been consistently sharpened which resulted in today’s main objective to manage the State’s debt efficiently and effectively and to meet the State’s funding requirement by borrowing and lending money at acceptable risk.

Since 1 January 2009, the DSTA has also been responsible for the policy and implementation of treasury banking and for (the tendering of) the central government's payment system.