Dutch opposition to Brussels’ emergency fund increases

Dutch MPs are due to debate the establishment of the permanent European emergency fund on Tuesday, but several parties say they will not back the plan.

The leader of the small Christian grouping ChristenUnie said on Monday evening his party will not vote in favour. ChristenUnie cannot agree to contribute €40bn of taxpayers’ money without knowing what is going to happen to the money or without having any say over it, Arie Slob is quoted as saying.
He wants finance minister Jan Kees de Jager to return to the negotiating table to ensure countries which contribute to the fund have control over it.
Legal action
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders is to press ahead with legal action to stop Dutch ratification. because he believes the establishment of the fund hands over too much power to Brussels.
In addition, the caretaker government is not in a position to approve the fund because it should not take controversial decisions, Wilders says. He wants the fund to become an issue in the election campaign.
The Socialist Party is also opposed.
July launch
The Netherlands goes to the polls to elect a new parliament in September, but the emergency fund has to be ratified before this. The fund, which will have at least €500bn at its disposal to start with, is due to launch in July.
Prime minister Mark Rutte has already signed the agreement but parliament needs to give its approval as well.
Wilders said last week his decision to go to court is unique in parliamentary history, but denied it was an election stunt.

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