Europe must do more to ensure growth, says Dutch Prime Minister
A letter on economic growth drafted at the initiative of the Netherlands and the UK prompted a long discussion at the first day of the European Council meeting, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after the meeting on 1 March.
The Netherlands advocates further development of the European internal market in such areas as digital and other services, Mr Rutte said. The European Union can also promote growth by lightening the regulatory burden and concluding trade agreements.
The European Council also decided to grant Serbia the status of candidate country.
Finally, it decided to discus Romanian and Bulgarian accession to the Schengen area again in September. The Netherlands still takes a critical attitude, and can only agree to accession if Cooperation and Verification Mechanism reports show that the two countries have made enough progress in a number of fields.
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