Dutch PM denies blocking EU emergency fund for Covid-19 out of selfishness


When the leaders of the EU Member States could not agree to absorb the blows of this coronavirus, there was criticism from EU countries, to the Netherlands was thinking of itself in blocking this finance. Prime Minister Mark Rutte denied this. “The concept that the Netherlands alone stands against the whole south isn’t true,” he said to RTL News. “There’s a fairly broad group from it, which was voiced fairly firmly.” Countries such as Italy and Spain, already hit hard by the coronavirus want to use the fund to absorb the blows.

However, Germany and the Netherlands to see the fund just as the last resort and need to look at other options first, based on NOS. Before the meeting started, there was criticism of the position. According to those countries, the Netherlands is fast to call for compensation measures for fishermen and flower growers but will block anything that affects anyone more than When the leaders of the EU Member States could not agree on a 400 billion euros emergency fund to absorb the blows of the coronavirus, there was criticism from other EU countries that the Netherlands was thinking only of itself in blocking this fund.

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itself. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen stated she was annoyed by countries that were thinking mainly about themselves and did not act together. However, she didn’t mention any country. “This isn’t a fair-weather union,” she explained, according to NOS. The digital summit between the EU leaders finished with the decision to have discussed the matter and think of a proposal in two weeks.

“Every member state must take necessary steps at a federal level, but we are also taking steps to support each other and our economies at a European level,” he tweeted. He acknowledged to RTL News that leaving the matter up into the Eurogroup, who also could not agree on it before this week, is “just passing on the debate”. They added: “It is great that it didn’t get trapped in the long run.”, and in a couple of weeks, the debate will come back to the EU leaders it will be time for you to make decisions, Rutte said to the broadcaster.


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