Dutch-British veto threat at EU budget talks

17th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed to parliament on Wednesday that the Netherlands, together with the United Kingdom, threatened to veto talks in Brussels about the EU budget and the role of the European Parliament in spending the EU's money.

The European Parliament had accepted the demands of the member states for a maximum 2.9 percent rise in the EU budget but, in return, wanted a greater role in the discussion of long-term EU finances and the possible introduction of European taxation.

The Dutch and British objections resulted in the abandonment of the budget talks and fierce criticism from the European Commission.

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