The European Union acts as an income-equalizer for its member states, but on a national level. The poorer members — and those who joined more recently, such as the Baltic states — receive more from Brussels than they pay in. This is true not only when countries such as Greece and Portugal are being bailed out, but also in non-crisis circumstances when revenues are routinely transferred.
It turns out that the Netherlands is the greatest per-capita contributor to the EU’s coffers , and Geert Wilders doesn’t like it. His party, the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid, Party for Freedom), commissioned a study by a British research group that lays out the economic details showing why the Dutch would be better off out of the EU.
Mr. Wilders released this video to accompany the publication of the report:
The following press release was sent out today by the PVV:
Netherlands Are Better Off Out of EU
The Dutch economy will grow substantially if the Netherlands leave the European Union (NExit). That is the conclusion of the renowned British research firm Capital Economics in a report commissioned by the PVV [download the report in pdf format]. Capital Economics is the winner of the Wolfson Prize, the biggest prize for economic research after the Nobel Prize.
If the Netherlands leave the EU, the Dutch economy will be 10 per cent bigger by 2024 than if it remains in the EU. The average annual benefit is almost 10,000 euros per household over the next two decades.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders: “The report shows that leaving the EU is our way out of the crisis. Without the self-defeating austerity policies imposed by Brussels, the Dutch will be able to cut taxes and reduce VAT and excise duties. The Dutch will no longer have to ship their tax money to Greece and will be able to stop paying welfare benefits to Romanians and Bulgarians.
In the attachment you can read the report by Capital Economics (PDF).
Geert Wilders explains the unique chances of NExit for the Netherlands in a video message taped in the Port of Rotterdam — a place which, just as in the rest of the country, will benefit from the Dutch EU exit.