As the European heads of state and government budget summit begins in
Brussels, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has again made it clear that
Denmark will not continue to accept what she sees as an unfair contribution
regime, and that she continues to demand a DKK 1 billion contribution rebate.
“This discrimination must stop,” the prime minister says, adding that Denmark
pays four kroner in contributions for each Dane, while other countries it
can be compared with only pay three kroner per national.
“It is not fair that Denmark has to finance other countries’ rebates.
Particularly when these are countries that we are normally compared with in
economic terms,” Thorning-Schmidt says.
She says that there have been ‘intense contacts’ in connection with the EU
budget negotiations up to the summit, but she declined to comment on reports
yesterday that Denmark has turned down a proposal from EU President Herman
That offer was reported to be well under the DKK 1 billion rebate that Denmark
Britain, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria all currently have
Some Danish opposition spokesmen have criticised Thorning-Schmidt for having
played an EU budget veto card too early. Thorning-Schmidt has repeatedly
said she is prepared to veto the EU 7-year budget proposal if Denmark is not
afforded a DKK 1 billion rebate.
But the prime minister has rejected the criticism, saying that a veto was
first threatened by the former Danish Lib-Con government’s finance minister
Claus Hjort Frederiksen in 2011.
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