Top politicians sign 'Federal pact'
30 November 2007, BRUSSELS - 12 well-known politicians from eight different politician parties from both the north and south of Belgium have signed a 'Federal pact'. The pact was an initiative from the pro-Belgian organisation B-Plus.
30 November 2007
BRUSSELS - 12 well-known politicians from eight different politician parties from both the north and south of Belgium have signed a 'Federal pact'. The pact was an initiative from the pro-Belgian organisation B-Plus.
B-Plus is trying to encourage a climate of confidence and goodwill amongst the politicians in the north and the south of the country.
The pact initiative emphasises the importance of a federal Belgium while at the same time allowing for "balanced state reforms".
Some competences can be regionalised or re-federalised, but the signers of the pact emphasis that any adaptations must be in the best interest of the Belgians, all the Belgians.
The pact calls for cooperation between the different entities in the country to reinforce and introduce a mechanism to better deal with conflicts and come to solutions.
Well-known politicians that signed the pact include:
Wilfried Martens (former Federal Prime Minister and now president of the European People's Party)
Mark Eyskens (also former Federal Prime Minister) of the Flemish Christian democrat party CD&V
Melchior Wathelet (former judge at the European Court of Justice) of the CDH- Francophone Christian Democrat party
Louis Michel of the Francophone liberal MR party (European Commissioner), Annemie Neyts of the Flemish liberal Open VLD party (EuroMP and president of Liberal International)
Freddy Willockx (Major of Sint Niklaas)
Mia De Vits (EuroMP and formerly head of the socialist trade union)of the Flemish socialist SP.A party
Anne-Marie Lizin (former Senate speaker) of the Francophone socialist PS party
Adelheid Byttebier: Brussels minister for the Flemish green party Groen!
"The crucial problem for Belgium is to determine what the common goal is for the country," says Wilfried Martens.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news