A strong & robust EU

For the period between 2019 and 2024, the Netherlands sees five priorities for the European Union: addressing irregular migration, strengthening internal security, promoting an open, strong and sustainable European economy that offers protection, making EU climate policy Paris proof, and protecting EU interests and values abroad. In addition, we believe EU functioning and governance should also be addressed to make the EU more effective, robust and future-proof.

Migration

 

We need to improve our management of irregular migration as it influences both the internal and external dialogue. In the past few years, much has been done to control irregular migration and address its underlying causes. We have also taken important steps in the global fight against human trafficking and smuggling. Nevertheless, a lot still needs to be done, as secondary migration and migration pressure persist. Cooperation is key here.

Security

 

Europe is facing major internal security challenges: terrorism, cyber-related threats and organised crime are all increasing. An effective response requires a common approach, in which we support member states without compromising their sovereignty. More effectiveness and efficiency requires improved exchange of information and operational cooperation, in addition to full application of EU legislation.

A strong and sustainable economy that offers protection

 

Through cooperation and an open markets policy, the EU has become prosperous. Faced with fundamental transitions and changing global dynamics, the Netherlands believes it is important to keep this open economic outlook and make use of the EU’s strengths to take on these challenges. The basis for this should be a strong and stable economy with solid macro-economic foundations, which allows us to stay competitive.

Protecting values and interest abroad

 

The core values of the liberal world order are under threat and the rules-based multilateral order and traditional partnerships are being challenged. The EU needs to safeguard European values and interests abroad and promote these values in the wider world. We need to use our economic power to strengthen the law-based international order and address global challenges, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Greater coherence between external and internal policies is also necessary, as key EU priorities are partly dependent on external action.

Climate change

 

The Netherlands wants the EU to live up to the Paris Agreement and reach climate neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this, concrete policy measures must be taken which cover all sectors of the economy. We are confident ambitious targets can go hand in hand with economic growth, as climate change offers opportunities for innovation, new businesses and job creation. In addition to this, we believe mitigating climate change should also be a cornerstone of foreign, trade and development relations.

A future-proof, effective and robust European Union

 

We want a future-proof, effective and robust European Union, an EU of results and values that is accountable and gives and takes responsibility. Rule of law, the functioning of the EU institutions and agencies, subsidiarity and transparency are essential for a well-functioning EU. Improving implementation and enforcement on the one hand, and better regulation on the other hand, are crucial.

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EU Security

Europe is facing major internal security challenges: terrorism, cyber-related threats and organised crime are all increasing. The Netherlands believes full implementation of EU legislation is essential to overcome these challenges. Furthermore, because these issues affect us all, we need to work together to effectively strengthen internal security. We need to improve cooperation and the exchange of information. Digitalisation is essential. Considering the cross-border and electronic nature of many crimes, there is, for example, a need to effectively access digital evidence across borders.

Sustainable European Economy

Through cooperation between EU countries and a policy of open markets, the EU has become prosperous and competitive. Faced with several fundamental transitions and changing global dynamics, the Netherlands believes it is important to keep an open economic outlook and make use of the EU’s strengths to take on these challenges.

Climate Policy

We believe ambitious climate targets can lead to economic growth, with opportunities for innovation, new businesses and the creation of new jobs. The EU should set targets and implement policies and measures to limit global warming and become climate neutral by 2050. To reach these targets, we should involve all sectors of the economy and make the European budget Paris proof. Funding should be made available to make the transition possible.

Interests and values abroad

The core values of the liberal world order are under threat and the rules-based multilateral order is being challenged. This calls for a European Union that safeguards European values and interests abroad and promotes these values in the wider world.

EU governance

The Netherlands wants a future-proof, effective and robust European Union. A result-oriented EU that is accountable and gives and takes responsibility. An EU of values, such as respect for human rights, freedom, equality, democracy, and human dignity. Rule of law, the functioning of EU institutions and agencies, subsidiarity and transparency are essential and should be top of the agenda.