CDA fears Dutch isolation within EU

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The Christian Democrats are increasingly concerned about the exceptional stances that the Netherlands has adopted in regard to a number of European Union policies. CDA MP Henk Jan Ormel fears it could have negative consequences for Dutch wishes in other areas.

During Tuesday's debate about the European Union Summit scheduled for the end of this week, MP Ormel referred to The Hague's refusal to vote in favour admitting Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen Area. He says he is concerned that this may negatively affect the Dutch attempt to reduce its EU contributions by €1 billion. He also fears it may torpedo Dutch attempts to limit family reunification.

Schengen Area Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is not aware of any negative effects arising from the Dutch cabinets' position on either expanding the Schengen Area or limiting family reunification. He told MPs,

The prime minister denied that the Netherlands stands alone in Brussels even though The Hague was the only Schengen Area country to refuse to admit Romania and Bulgaria.

In response to Ormel's remarks, Rutte said, Ormel's Christian Democrat party was one of the signatories to the coalition agreement.

 


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