VVD Wants New EU Treaty, Rutte Does Not
THE HAGUE, 20/09/13 - In the Lower House on Thursday, conservative (VVD) MPs urged a new EU treaty. But their leader, Premier Mark Rutte, responded negatively.
Rutte repeated his position that the cabinet is not in favour of a new EU treaty unless it becomes unavoidable. It is “extremely complex” to reach agreement with 28 EU countries on a new treaty and Europe’s energy can be better utilised.
The VVD party in the Lower House considers that the EU treaty should be changed following the European elections next year. MP Mark Verheijen said such a change is gradually beginning to become “unavoidable.” “When we want less Brussels in a number of areas, want to remove whole p policy areas, we must not shrink from the option of a treaty change.”
Examples of where a treaty change is necessary are according to Verheijen stopping the monthly meetings of the European Parliament in Strasbourg instead of Brussels. A change is also necessary to make an exit from the euro possible for countries that do not keep to the agreements, declares the VVD MP.