No commission of inquiry into Francorchamps

25th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 November 2005, BRUSSELS — No parliamentary commission will be set up to investigate the financial scandal around the Francorchamps Grand Prix.

25 November 2005

BRUSSELS — No parliamentary commission will be set up to investigate the financial scandal around the Francorchamps Grand Prix.

The decision is due primarily to the resistance of the largest government party in Wallonia, the Socialist PS.

The Wallonian government took over organising the Grand Prix this year, but the money being pumped into the race is under fire at a time when the Wallonian economy is stagnating.

And revelations the Wallonian government agreed to pay Formula One Management a hefty fee if it failed to ensure the race was held every year has also sparked sharp criticism.

However, PS leader Elio Di Rupo said on Thursday setting up an investigation committee would be premature and dangerous.

He said if a court battle took place over the contract with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, the Wallonian government would give its opponent all of the ammunition.

Di Rupo is instead in favour of staging a normal inquiry based on the documents that are already public knowledge.

The Wallonian Cabinet stressed further that the inquiry would be transparent and could spark debate in the regional Parliament.

An investigation conducted by a parliamentary commission would degenerate into a media or political show, it said.

Former and present coalition partners of the PS, Reform Movement MR and Democrat Humanist CDH parties have accepted the decision.

However, opposition party green Ecolo is enraged, claiming the reluctance to set up a commission of inquiry was a confession of guilt.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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