Cabinet against referendum on EU treaty

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21 September 2007, THE HAGUE – As expected the government will not organise a referendum on the EU treaty reached in June. A new referendum is neither necessary nor desirable was the cabinet meeting's unanimous decision on Friday, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced.

21 September 2007

THE HAGUE – As expected the government will not organise a referendum on the EU treaty reached in June. A new referendum is neither necessary nor desirable was the cabinet meeting's unanimous decision on Friday, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced.

The cabinet is following the advice of the Council of State, which wrote that the new treaty was markedly different from the European constitution rejected in a referendum in 2005. The Council said that the new treaty is an amendment treaty that is not so special that it requires a referendum before ratification.

Balkenende says it is an ordinary amendment treaty and can be approved by the upper and lower houses of parliament according to the normal procedure. State secretary for European Affairs Frans Timmermans and the prime minister stressed that the new treaty entirely meets the demands set by the Dutch public.

The lower house of Parliament can decide to take the initiative to hold a referendum. The Socialist SP has already announced it will submit a bill to this effect and that it will have the support of at least green-left GroenLinks, democrats D66 and the Party for the Animals.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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