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France wants clarity on Dutch minister's eurozone vision

Thursday 17 January 2013

The expected appointment of Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem as chairman of the influential euro group is likely to be delayed because France wants more information about his vision for the eurozone.

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said in an interview with German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung it is not clear what Dijsselbloem’s vision is.

A decision on a new chairman for the euro group to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker had been expected at Monday’s EU finance ministers’ meeting.


Moscovici told the paper he wants to know how Dijsselbloem envisages maintaining the eurozone in its present form, improve the prospects for economic growth and further develop banking union. ‘If I vote in my own country, I want to know the candidates’ programmes,’ he said.

According to the Financieele Dagblad, Moscovici also said no decision about Juncker’s replacement can be taken on Monday because a formal nomination procedure has not been started. That will be on the agenda in February at the earliest.

Last week Dijsselbloem went on a tour of other European capitals after emerging as the front runner to take over from Juncker, despite being virtually unknown outside the Netherlands.

A social democrat with little financial experience, Dijsselbloem has been a minister since the formation of the new Dutch government in October last year.

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Readers' Comments

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has little financial experience. That is so typical of governments. Now they want him to be chairman of the influential euro group.

He was an MP from 2000 to 2012 (with an interruption in 2002). He focused on matters of youth care, special education and teachers.[1]

Dijsselbloem studied agricultural economics at Wageningen University and Research Centre. From 1993 to 1996 he worked for the parliamentary group of the Labour Party and from 1996 to 2000 he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fishery. From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the municipal council of Wageningen.


By bruce | 17 January 2013 8:06 AM

I think the previous PM from CDA is a better candidate.

By ufo | 17 January 2013 8:10 AM

Curiously, the French have a valid point. We haven't heard anything about Dijsselbloem's plans. Until now it appeared he was simply given the "ring of succession".

By Neo | 17 January 2013 8:41 AM

...don't we all want know?

'If I vote in my own country, I want to know the candidates’ programmes,’ he said. - sounds like pretty sound thinking, perhaps the Dutch could try that too. I think a lot of issues and problems can be prevented here with just a little forethought and common sense, instead of having to be (expensively) repaired later.

By B | 17 January 2013 9:30 AM

We have no voice in matters as these: we can only hope that things will work out for the best, but that's being optimistic, I am not. :P

By The visitor | 17 January 2013 10:16 PM

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