Dutch voters allegedly misinformed about EU: Kroes

25th May 2009, Comments 1 comment

Dutch politicians are misinforming voters with lies and half-truths about the European Union, says European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

The Hague – European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is accusing Dutch politicians of deliberately misinforming voters with lies and half-truths about the European Union.

In an interview with de Telegraaf, Kroes said she is hearing too much nonsense about the campaign for the European elections on 4 June.

The former VVD minister lashed out at Socialist Party leader Dennis de Jong, who said more than 170,000 people worked for the European Commission.

Kroes said the actual number of people working for the European Commission was 32,000, and accused de Jong of including lobbyists, EU member state officials and other civil servants working in Brussels in his figures.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Veronique Swinkels posted:

    on 25th May 2009, 10:27:11 - Reply

    The European elections are a very nationalistic thing in Holland (as it is in many other countries too). Unfortunately, the Dutch society is not paying much attention, in the media there is not enough factual information and at schools the subject is hardly raised. This has to change. I am a candidate with Newropeans (lijst 8 in Holland) and we are a European party participating with the same European programme in Germany and France. If you can vote in Holland for the European elections have a look at our website it is multilingual. www.newropeans.eu