MPs support plans for EU summit
21 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Parliament supports the cabinet's efforts to arrive at a simpler European treaty. This emerged during the debate on the European Union on Wednesday.
21 June 2007
THE HAGUE – Parliament supports the cabinet's efforts to arrive at a simpler European treaty. This emerged during the debate on the European Union on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen and State secretary of European Affairs Frans Timmermans promised to convey the Dutch public's concerns about the European Union when they meet with their European counterparts in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
The opposition voiced some harsh criticism at times during the debate on Wednesday, but even these parties wished the government the best of luck in the negotiations in Brussels.
Prime Minister Balkenende says it will be a "tough fight" to get all the Dutch demands for the new treaty met.
The cabinet wants a traditional amendment treaty, not a constitution, a clear demarcation of tasks and powers and clear criteria for enlargement of the union.
The government also wants national parliaments to have more influence in Europe. This last point in particular is a sensitive issue because many countries are opposed to the idea.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news