Netherlands rejects 2007 EU financial statement

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The Netherlands rejects EU financial statement citing unwanted critique.

THE HAGUE—Finance Minister Wouter Bos has announced the Netherlands will vote against the annual financial statement of the European Union over 2007. He made his statement after a meeting of European finance ministers.

For the 14th time, the EU accounting office has reported that many billions of euros in expenses have not been properly accounted for. Bos says that the Dutch parliament would never accept such a statement from a finance minister, and that the Netherlands will therefore vote against.

The Netherlands is the only country to reject the 2007 financial statement. Bos says an increasing number of countries agree with the Netherlands, but fear being punished financially should they vote against the statement.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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