Call for linguistic regional solidarity contract
11 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Flemish Parliament speaker Norbert De Batselier has urged in his 11 July speech for a solidarity contract between the Flemish and Francophone communities in Belgium.
11 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Flemish Parliament speaker Norbert De Batselier has urged in his 11 July speech for a solidarity contract between the Flemish and Francophone communities in Belgium.
Speaking on the Flemish Community Holiday, De Batselier said on Tuesday the contract should guarantee the solidarity between the north and south of Belgium and create a framework for the differences between the two linguistic communities.
He said the composition of the Senate should also be based on regional representation, news agency Belga reported.
On the eve of his departure as Flemish Parliament speaker to take up a position at the Belgian National Bank, De Batselier urged for further federalisation of responsibilities such as employment policy, economy, health and tax.
But he also advised against taking an anti-Wallonian stance.
"The solidarity between north and south in Belgium must be retained. Therefore, we must enter into a contract between the two largest communities that adequately outlines the mechanisms of solidarity".
De Batselier continued: "Such a contract, with mutual rights and obligations, can clarify many things and denote the differences that exist between the diverse communities."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news