The EU-rapporteurs feel taken for a ride by the minister of finance

Several members of the committee for european affairs considers that the government of the UNION is gone, contrary to the mandate, the Parliament gave it. Fin

The EU-rapporteurs feel taken for a ride by the minister of finance

Several members of the committee for european affairs considers that the government of the UNION is gone, contrary to the mandate, the Parliament gave it.

Finance minister Nicolai Wammen (S) are getting hard words in the committee for european affairs on Friday, because he and the government voted no to the EU's budget for 2020.

the Criticism goes that the majority of the committee believes that the mandate, he was sent away from the political parties, and commanded him to vote yes.

- I would really like to have, that we can trust each other here in Parliament. But then one should also show respect for each other, says the chairman of the committee for european affairs Eva Kjer Hansen (V).

- This is a question of whether we are fools and wasting our time, when we hour after hour every Friday dealer and gives the government mandates.

- It is a very serious situation, the government is in. And I am astonished that the minister has not apologised for having abused its mandate in the day, she says.

the Issue is whether the government was sent to the european UNION, with a mandate that it could only vote ' no ' to the EU's draft budget for 2020, if it exceeded the EU's budgetary framework.

It did not. Finance minister Nicolai Wammen said several times to the committee meeting on Friday that he voted ' no ' for reasons other than the framework.

- It must be an assessment of the overall mandate, where applicable. In many respects, was the EU's budget in line with the wishes, but at other points so far from, that we had to vote 'no', said Nicolai Wammen at the meeting.

It is - in addition to Eva Kjer Hansen, also of the Radical Liberal party EU spokesman, Jens Rohde, disagree with that. He believes that the EU's draft budget was fine in the extension of Denmark's wish, with very few and small exceptions.

- It is difficult to understand how the minister could interpret its mandate for a no. You sit speechless back.

- we End up there, where there is a fundamental trust between the government and the parties, so forcing the government us to make much tighter mandates. It is not a good thing for Denmark or the government, " says Jens Rohde.

the Unity of the EU rapporteur, Soren Sondergaard, believes that the case is a good starting point to make it significantly clearer how the parliamentary seats are being given and used.

- It is my view that the minister has interpreted the mandate very broadly. And I'm happy to report that there was almost complete agreement that we should have some new guidelines.

- going Forward, it must not be such that the european committee think that it has imposed on the minister to vote 'yes', then he goes down and votes no. It will not do, for then we might as well be there to meet, he says.

Both Eva Kjer Hansen, Søren Søndergaard and Jens Rohde says that they have a full understanding that a minister should have the flexibility in the negotiations. But not as much as he has taken care of this time.

- I think that we are being taken for a ride. The committee is ready to give you great flexibility, we understand to the full the difficulties, when 28 countries negotiate. But here, he does the exact opposite of the mandate.

And then we can't trust the government, says Eva Kjer Hansen.

Already in about a week, the european committee give the government the mandate to negotiate the EU's long term budget. And it has Friday's controversy is not made easier.

- We are seventeen members of parliament and the government will it is good. However, you should not sweep the floor with us. If you do, it has political consequences.

- We're not going to give a mandate next Friday, where the government is going to have any opportunity to do as it pleases. I can beat real, says Jens Rohde.

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Updated Date: 30 November 2019, 01:00

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