Parliamentary year kicks off today

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9 October 2007, BRUSSELS – Today marks the opening of a new parliamentary year both for the lower house and the Senate. It is highly exceptional that there will not be a federal policy document, because the caretaker government only handles current affairs. The opening will be overshadowed by the difficult formation process. The most important item on the agenda, the re-election of Herman Van Rompuy as president of the lower house, is a formality.

9 October 2007

BRUSSELS – Today marks the opening of a new parliamentary year both for the lower house and the Senate. It is highly exceptional that there will not be a federal policy document, because the caretaker government only handles current affairs. The opening will be overshadowed by the difficult formation process. The most important item on the agenda, the re-election of Herman Van Rompuy as president of the lower house, is a formality.

Van Rompuy will not deliver a speech and there will not be the traditional policy statement from outgoing Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (Open VLD).

MPs will not need to do a lot of legislative work in the coming weeks, because without a new majority, Parliament is rudderless.

Traditionally the opening of the parliamentary year takes place on the second Tuesday of October. 1980 was the last time that the parliamentary year opened with an outgoing government.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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