Dutch VVD wants same rights as Bundestag

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch conservative VVD wants the parliament in The Hague to have the same level of authority over the European emergency fund EFSF as the German Bundestag.

VVD MP Mark Harbers made this statement in parliament on Wednesday. During a recent summit of EU finance ministers, Germany, as the fund’s main financial backer, has secured the right to overrule the fund’s decisions.

Mr Harbers wants a similar arrangement for the Netherlands. “Not to be intentionally difficult, but to give parliament a say.” He says he wants to make sure that member states which receive money from the fund will not be in a position to give their own interpretation to EU demands for budget cuts and reforms.

The conservative MP said that as an added advantage Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager during negotiations in Brussels would be able to hint at a possible parliamentary veto.

The Labour party on the other hand is concerned about the special rights secured by the Bundestag. The party fears it will lead to “an impossible situation". The VVD’s Christian democratic coalition CDA has expressed concerns about possible delays in making loans available to member states.

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