No increase in cash for Brussels, say a majority of MPs

The Labour party has thrown its weight behind a freeze on the Netherlands’ contributions to Brussels, meaning there is now majority support in parliament for no increase, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Labour, the Socialist party, the two minority Christian parties and anti-Islam PVV are all calling on the cabinet to refuse to agree to an increase.
‘Zero is zero. Brussels should make savings like everyone else is having to do,’ Labour’s finance spokesman Ronald Plasterk told the paper.
Cuts in agriculture and other subsidies and scrapping the second parliamentary chamber in Strasburg are obvious spending cuts, he said.
MPs are due to debate the European contribution later today. The European Commission wants a 4.9% increase in its budget for 2012.
Both finance minister Jan Kees de Jager and prime minister Mark Rutte have said they will not support such a big increase.

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