Friday 02 December 2022

MPs call for debate on latest Greek, eurozone developments

MPs from the eurosceptic SP and PVV plus the staunchly pro-European D66 on Wednesday called for a debate on the latest developments in Greece and the eurozone.

‘The problems facing Greece and Spain are becoming worse by the day,’ Teun van Dijck of the anti-immigration PVV is quoted as saying. ‘That justifies a finance committee debate this week.’
D66 parliamentarian Wouter Koolmees said he is concerned about the lack of ambition shown by European leaders. ‘It is irresponsible to let this crisis drag on,’ he told news agency ANP.
Rescue fund
The MPs’ concerns follow a report by German magazine Der Spiegel which said earlier this week the IMF wants to stop aid to Greece as soon as the permanent rescue fund is up and running in September.
However, finance minister Jan Kees de Jager said in a briefing the cabinet did not accept that the IMF had yet drawn such conclusions. Instead, MPs should await the joint decision of the European Union, European central bank and IMF, he said.
‘As soon as that is known, the cabinet will update parliament, but that won’t be within two or three weeks,’ De Jager said. ‘Until that time, the Netherlands will not support any more payments to Greece.’
The ruling VVD and CDA both support that position, news agency ANP said. Labour is not in favour of an immediate debate but will back such a move if it has major support in parliament, finance spokesman Ronald Plasterk said.
Interest rates
Meanwhile, MPs from the green party GroenLinks have asked De Jager to investigate whether Dutch banks were involved in manipulating interest rates, following the recent scandal in Britain and the US.
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed making interest rate fixing a criminal offence.

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