Immigrant vote negotiations blocked

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14 November 2003 , BRUSSELS – Controversy surrounding the issue of non-European immigrant voting rights in Belgian regional elections continued at the Senate Thursday, when parties opposed to the move delayed a vote on the policy proposal.

14 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Controversy surrounding the issue of non-European immigrant voting rights in Belgian regional elections continued at the Senate Thursday, when parties opposed to the move delayed a vote on the policy proposal.

The Flemish Liberals (VLD), Flemish Christian Democrats (CD&V) and far-right Flemish extremist party the Vlaams Blok asked for the scheduled vote to be taken after a vote on the issue in a plenary session.

The Senate agreed to the three-party request, delaying a result on the issue yet again.

Another delay tactic employed by the Flemish parties against immigrant voting rights Thursday was filibustering, where the Vlaams Blok repeated word for word interventions from last week and the VLD spoke endlessly on the issue of Thailand’s economic situation.

Earlier, the VLD asked that the Ministry for the Interior supply detailed information on all of the 150,000 non-European foreigners who were refused naturalisation in Belgium, and why that permission was blocked.

With each new time-wasting obstacle, the Commission has been forced to vote on the request before moving on.

A survey by French-speaking daily Le Soir suggests 55 percent of Belgians are in favour of voting rights for non-EU citizens.

It is estimated there are currently about 216,00 non-EU immigrants living in Belgium.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

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