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The Dutch government should condemn a Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) website which invites complaints against citizens from Central and Eastern Europe living in the Netherlands, because it openly incites discrimination, said the European Parliament on Thursday.

In a resolution a passed by a show of hands, MEPs say the Dutch authorities should investigate whether the invitation to post complaints about Central and Eastern Europeans living in the Netherlands is an incitement to hatred and discrimination, and that EU government leaders should formally condemn it as undermining the rights of EU workers.


MEPs also contend that the site goes against the fundamental European values of human dignity, freedom, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights and is an "ill-intentioned initiative" aimed at creating divisions within the society and obtaining political gains.


Parliament specifically urges the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, to condemn and distance himself from this "deplorable" initiative. The Dutch government should not turn a blind eye to PVV policies that contradict basic EU values, say MEPs.


The resolution says that the Dutch government's commitment to European integration has significantly decreased in recent years, as shown by its position on issues such as enlarging the Schengen area and the free movement of workers.


Positive economic impact


Workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have had a positive impact on EU Member States' economies and have made a significant contribution to sustained economic growth in the EU, underlines the European Parliament.


MEPs also stress that many citizens, political parties, the media, employers and civil society leaders have condemned the PVV site, launching counter-initiatives such as a website on which Dutch citizens can report positive experiences with Polish people.


No to xenophobic behaviour


The European Parliament calls on the European Commission and the Council to do their utmost to stop the spread of xenophobic attitudes like those expressed on this website and to ensure that the EU Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia is properly enforced in all EU countries.


Procedure: Non-legislative resolution