Dutch PM: expel non-compliant countries from of euro zone

9th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The EU must be able to throw out euro zone member states which refuse to adhere to EU budget rules.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager made this statement in a letter to the editor of The Financial Times.

In a letter sent to parliament on Wednesday, Mr Rutte and Mr de Jager made a number of suggestions on how to crack down on countries which flaunt EU budget rules.

The two ministers write that member states which are not willing to be placed under legal restraint may choose to leave the euro zone.

In their letter to The Financial Times the two repeated their statement. “Whoever wants to be part of the euro zone must respect the agreements and cannot systematically flaunt the rules,” the prime minister said, adding that the ultimate consequence would be to throw countries out of the euro zone.

However, Mr Rutte said any such measure would be for the long term as it would require an amendment to the European Union Treaty.

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