A Confederation…prior to an independent Flanders
Two days after revealing its socio-economic plan, the N-VA was back in front of the cameras in its institutional construction zone.
And in the halls of the European parliament... "But we are a European party!" says Brussels Senator Karl Vanlouwe. "We support Flanders, Brussels and Europe."
Like Europe, "whose north loves butter and beer," while the south is "more attracted to oil and wine," the "two Belgian democracies" need regime change. They must move away from federalism, which is "too complicated and too expensive," to confederalism, "less costly and more efficient." Flanders and Wallonia must move from "having to work together" to "wanting to work together."
The presentation mentioned a government made up of six ministers, reduced to taking care of defense, security, finance and foreign affairs, and a 50-deputy parliament drawn equally from the Flemish and Walloon parliaments.
And Brussels? "Brussels will remain a separate Region," deputy Jan Jambon emphasized. "As in Paris, there would be a level of power in which communities, police precincts and CPAS are merged. And, like in Antwerp, there would be districts and neighborhoods." Brussels would maintain its regional responsibilities but would cede personal matters to the Communities. "Residents of Brussels," Jan Jambon smiled, "will choose between Wallonia and Flanders for their social security system and their family welfare. They could even move between systems after a few years..."
For deputy Siegfried Bracke: "This is 21st century Belgium!"