THE HAGUE, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch government supports Jean-Claude Juncker as possible new President of the European Commission (EC), Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated on Wednesday during a debate in the parliament.
At a two-day EU summit in Ypres, Flanders, and in Brussels, opening on Thursday, the European government leaders might decide on the successor to current EC president Jose Manuel Barroso.
When it comes to a vote, the Netherlands supports the former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker.
Apart from British Prime Minister David Cameron all government leaders seem to support Juncker on Friday. "And he has a chance to get a majority in the European Parliament as well," said Rutte said. "That could be a breakthrough."
According to Rutte, the choice of Juncker is based on content knowledge of Juncker. He praised his experience and suggested that an agreement could be made on a substantive agenda for the coming years.
Moreover, according to the Dutch PM there is no real alternative, given the division of seats in the parliament. Rutte pointed out that he and Juncker in recent years agreed on most subjects.