The European Commission is more optimistic about the Dutch economy than it was earlier this year. The budget deficit for this year is coming out at 2.8 percent, under the European norm of 3 percent.
The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis(CPB) has been accused of issuing propagandistic information before election time.
European Commissioner Ollie Rehn (Economical Affairs and Euro) has lauded the Netherlands for the budget agreement, the agreement of government and opposition on the budget of 2014.
Rehn praised the Netherlands at the meeting of the Euro Group, the group of 17 Finance ministers of Europe, which was held in Luxembourg on Monday. He even advised the politicians at the other side of the Atlantic ‘to go Dutch’.
Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and chairman of the Euro Group, decided to not attend the annual meeting of the IMF on Thursday and Friday. Are there any negative consequences to be expected by this decision?
Because of the negotiations about the National Dutch Budget with the opposition, Jeroen Dijsselbloem decided not to attend the meeting in Washington. He commented that the problems in the Netherlands are very urgent and that those prevail for this moment above attending the meeting.