Thursday, June 02, 2005

A Kommissar's perspective

Here is a report on the EU Tax Commissioner's reaction

Brussels, June 2 (MTI) - Reaching consensus on the European Union's 2007-2013 budget at the EU's summit in June would help to lessen the damage done by the French and Dutch rejection of the constitution, Laszlo Kovacs, the EU's customs and tax commissioner, told MTI late on Wednesday night. But Kovacs warned that the rejection was likely to influence upcoming referendums in other countries, resulting in growing national inwardness, self-protection and a lack of solidarity, which could cause difficulties in adopting the next EU budget.

Kovacs said a negative outcome in Holland on Wednesday had been expected, but the massive scale of the rejection had taken all by surprise. Euro-scepticism in the Netherlands may have its roots in the country's disproportionate input into EU coffers compared to the subsidies it receives, Kovacs said, but it could also be motivated by ungrounded fears concerning plans for further enlargement of the organisation.

From MTI -
Fast budget decision needed to counterbalance constitution fiasco, says EU commissioner
So all these "NO" voters are Eurosceptics? Really? Seems to me that members of the European Commission need to read more, and get out a bit more to meet real people instead of hiding away in the hallowed halls of the Brussels based EU institutions - they might actually learn something!