EU emergency fund accepted by parliament

Prime minister Mark Rutte was given a mandate for the Dutch contribution to the EU’s emergency fund on Wednesday evening, following a lengthy debate, according to press reports.

Rutte and his fellow leaders will be discussing the emergency fund in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
The Netherlands’ contribution will be €50bn. EU leaders will also debate strengthening the stability pact, ironing out macro-economic imbalances between member states and measuring competitiveness against best practices.
Because the government’s allies, the anti-Islam PVV, are sceptical about the fund, Rutte had to persuade opposition parties to vote with the government.
Rutte had already assured MPs the Netherlands will not hand over any control of pensions and wages to Brussels.

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