Community issues on the table

17th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2007 , BRUSSELS – Yesterday, for the first in a long while, formateur Yves Leterme engaged in talks with the orange-blue parties on community issues. The issues were the splitting-up of Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde and further developments in state reform.

17 October 2007

BRUSSELS – Yesterday, for the first in a long while, formateur Yves Leterme engaged in talks with the orange-blue parties on community issues. The issues were the splitting-up of Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde and further developments in state reform.

The negotiations are broken up into language groups. Yesterday it was the turn of the Flemish parties. Today the Francophones follow. To date no results of the negotiations have been announced.

It was the first time that Laterme broached the subject of community issues since he was re-appointed as formateur. The community discussions stalled when the exploratory mission of Herman Van Rompuy (CD&V) failed to reach an agreement on the community issues.

The parties started negotiations at 2 p.m. yesterday on the subject of healthcare. One important issue was the growth norm for medical insurance, a point closely linked to community discussions. CDH wants to keep this at 4.5 percent while Open VLD wants to squeeze this down to 2.8 percent.

The difference of opinion will probably be resolved by including the issue into the budget talks.

Another issue is illness prevention. This falls partly under the jurisdiction of the federal states. Flanders wants to transfer the responsibility to the communities. The Francophone parties are expected to oppose this.

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