Sunday, February 17

The Dutch have refused to sign off on the EU Budget

Remember this post about the EU Budget? Now the Dutch have sneered at this absolutely disgusting state of affairs and refused to sign off on the half baked abortion of a budget. I quote:

The Netherlands is to refuse to sign off on the European Union's accounts, in an attempt to force national governments to take more responsibility for the European money they spend......

The court of auditors, the EU's financial watchdog, has qualified the EU's accounts for 12 years in a row for lack of controls. It found that 12 per cent of the €32bn regional fund budget was paid out in error in 2006. That was six times the error rate for agricultural subsidies. Though only a fraction of it may have been misused, states were unable to show they had sent it to the right recipient, the auditors said.

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