Wilders warns Minister Leers to keep promises

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Freedom Party PVV has warned the Dutch minority government to honour its agreements on tightening the rules on family reunion.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders says,

The Freedom Party lends parliamentary support to the minority government in exchange for stricter immigration legislation. A separate support agreement stipulating the Freedom Party's demands was drafted alongside the coalition agreement when the coalition was formed last summer.

In this agreement, the Dutch government says it will tighten immigration rules, but to do so it needs support from other European countries. The European Commissioner for Migration Cecilia Malström spoke with Dutch Immigration Minister Gerd Leers on Wednesday in The Hague on the issue.

Ms Malström says other European countries are not demanding the changes the Netherlands wants to see. The Dutch government wants to raise the age for partners joining their spouses in the Netherlands to 24, a limit to one partner per ten years being allowed in and tighter rules on the income of migrants.

Mr Wilders says Ms Malström's opinion is "not relevant". "The support agreement has to be honoured, only then will we support the government and the 18 billion euros in cuts. Let that be clear."

The European Commissioner is in the process of drafting a 'green book' with recommendations on family reunion for the European Parliament.

In an interview with Dutch weekly magazine , she also warned against populism. 

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