Flemish parties stick to demands

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19 September 2007, BRUSSELS – The Flemish Christian democrats CD&V and Liberal Open VLD leaders Jo Vandeurzen and Bart Somers are sticking to their position that major state reform is necessary. They made this clear on the television programme TerZake on Tuesday evening.

19 September 2007

BRUSSELS – The Flemish Christian democrats CD&V and Liberal Open VLD leaders Jo Vandeurzen and Bart Somers are sticking to their position that major state reform is necessary. They made this clear on the television programme TerZake on Tuesday evening.

The general conference of the Flemish Christian democrats gave the party leadership the green light to continue negotiating in the manner they have been thus far.

The leadership was given a broad mandate to continue. This means that the party will continue to maintain that a solution must be found for the electoral quarrel over the voting district of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde, that there must be a realistic prospect of two-thirds majority for state reform and that the social economic programme must be adequately ambitious.

While Walloon humanist democrats leader Joëlle Milquet said on television that appointed mediator Herman Van Rompuy's main task was to make the Flemish liberals and Christian democrats understand that no major state reform was on the way, the leaders of these two parties made it clear that they would not relinquish this demand. "The reform must be substantial," said Vandeurzen.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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