Less support for EU enlargement

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9 May 2007, THE HAGUE – Support for the enlargement of the EU is waning in the Netherlands. In 2001 more than 50 percent supported enlargement, in 2006 that figure was just 45 percent.

9 May 2007

THE HAGUE – Support for the enlargement of the EU is waning in the Netherlands. In 2001 more than 50 percent supported enlargement, in 2006 that figure was just 45 percent.

This emerged from a report from the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau and the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis which was presented to State secretary for European Affairs Frans Timmermans on Wednesday.

Timmermans said he understood people's sentiments. The addition of ten new countries in 2004 pushed the enlargement process along very quickly. That took people a bit by surprise.

The state secretary also understands hesitation about the admission of Turkey. It is a large country that is still in need of a great many reforms. Time will tell whether that will work out, he said.

The state secretary was surprised at other figures from the survey. Despite the rejection of the EU constitution in 2005, more than 70 percent of the Dutch public is still positive about the EU.

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Subject: Dutch news

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