Netherlands hopes to attend global summit

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The Netherlands has concerns that need to be addressed at the global financial crisis, says Dutch PM’s spokesperson.

5 November 2008

THE HAGUE -A spokesperson for Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says the Netherlands intends to make its voice heard at the summit to discuss the global financial crisis which will be held in Washington DC in November.

The United States has already announced that it intends to invite leaders from the G-7 countries as well as leaders from emerging economies such as China and India.

The European Union will be represented by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. France currently holds the six-month rotating EU presidency.

According to the prime minister's spokesperson, the Netherlands could be invited to attend the summit in its capacity as chair of the G10, a group that meets once a year to discuss financial issues.

If the Netherlands is not invited, The Hague will discuss the issues with other EU countries before the Washington meeting. Balkenende's spokesperson emphasised that, given the size of its financial sector, the Netherlands has vital concerns that need to be addressed.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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