Wednesday 06 July 2022

No relaxation of eurozone rules for the Netherlands: Brussels

The Netherlands cannot expect any relaxation of the rules requiring the budget deficit to be cut to below 3%, European commissioner Olli Rehn told news agency ANP on Wednesday.


‘Rumours about a relaxation [of the rules] are unfounded,’ Rehn said. The Dutch economy is not in such trouble that an exception would be possible, ANP quoted Rehn as saying.
In the interview, Rehn emphasised it is essential for the Dutch economy that the Netherlands sticks to the rules.
Structural reforms
The austerity agreement signed by the minority government and three other parties at the end of April includes structural reforms which are important for the sustainability of Dutch government finances, he said.
The Volkskrant says Rehn’s comments are significant because there have been signs that Brussels may be more relaxed about the Dutch deficit, which threatens to reach 4.6% this year.
Under eurozone rules, it must be below 3% by 2013, forcing the government to cut spending and increase taxes.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.