The Netherlands does not intend to contribute more to the European Union budget in the coming years, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to EU president Charles Michel at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. The 27 EU leaders will gather at an extra summit in two weeks time, during which the EU budget and the member states' varying viewpoints thereon will be discussed, NOS reports.
If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, it will cost the Netherlands around 2.3 billion euros up to 2023, the Court of Audit said in a new report published on Monday. This involves extra money for Customs and the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA, as well as higher contributions to the EU, ANP reports.
The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union could cost the Netherlands hundreds of millions of euros in extra EU contributions, according to Ghent professor Herman Mathijs in NOS. Britain contributed billions of euros to the European budget every year. But with the Brexit that contribution disappears and will have to be taken up by other EU countries.
The government may have additional financial obligations to the EU. The new calculations by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that the economic output in 2011 and 2012 was higher than previously estimated. This would require the Netherlands to pay more in contributions to the European Union.