Sat Feb 9th, 2013 at 04:23:34 AM EST
[The Hoist: featuring an item or items from today's Newsroom]
Denmark receives €134-million rebate in new budget | EurActiv
The Danes are set to get a yearly rebate of 1 billion Danish crowns (€134 million), the country's first, according to the newest EU budget proposal by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
...Other EU states with big net contributions such as Britain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria already get rebates.
...Janusz Lewandorski, the EU Commissioner for financial programming and the budget, told the Danish newspaper Politiken in January that a Danish rebate would "open a Pandora's box" and create an avalanche of demands for rebates from member states.
"You're the second richest country in the EU so in my book you are not entitled to a rebate," Lewandorski said.
The fact that other net contributors receive rebates gives the Thorning-Schmidt government an argument of fairness. However, the real motivation is the viability of the left-of-centre Danish government's tax reform plans, and the rebates in general should appear from the Danish government's side of the ideological palette (lack of solidarity with less-developed EU regions). Yet again, the 'moderate' position of a centre-left leader ends up serving nationalist causes and shifting the debate, and all this at the time the EPP is hard at work applying the Shock Doctrine to rebuild the EU into something potentially(?) disastrous.