Cabinet urges for limited EU treaty
19 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – State secretary for Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans sees Poland as an ally in the fight against excessive regulation from Brussels.
19 April 2007
AMSTERDAM – State secretary for Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans sees Poland as an ally in the fight against excessive regulation from Brussels.
"Brussels shouldn't be acting like Moscow," he said on Wednesday, summing up the concerns of the former East Bloc state. He met with Polish politicians in Warsaw this week.
The Dutch government is striving for a new, concise treaty to replace the constitution rejected in a referendum in the Netherlands.
Timmermans' German counterpart Günter Gloser told him in Berlin on Wednesday that current EU president Germany would not insist that the term "constitution" be used in new negotiations.
"But we must hold on to the contents," he said. Gloser said that provisions for increasing the power of national parliaments, to rein in "Brussels," should be salvaged from the constitutional treaty. At the next EU summit in June the Germans want to determine what topics will be up for re-negotiation.
In The Hague on Wednesday Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen cited a few possibilities for putting a damper on the EU's eagerness to create regulations. The new treaty should stipulate precisely what responsibilities, like pensions, education, and healthcare, are reserved for the member states. A majority of national parliaments should also be able to veto proposed legislation from the Commission at an early stage.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news