Van Rompuy reports to king

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, BRUSSELS - Herman Van Rompuy (CD&V), the man charged with finding a solution for the deadlocked government formation negotiations, made his third visit to King Albert on Monday to submit an interim report. The meeting took place at the king's estate in the Ardennes, the Castle of Ciergnon.

17 September 2007

BRUSSELS - Herman Van Rompuy (CD&V), the man charged with finding a solution for the deadlocked government formation negotiations, made his third visit to King Albert on Monday to submit an interim report.  The meeting took place at the king's estate in the Ardennes, the Castle of Ciergnon.

Van Rompuy continued his political meetings with members of the Christian democrats and liberals last weekend. Meetings were also scheduled for today. This week the parties might also discuss topics other than the problems between Belgium's language communities. The king does not need to broaden his mandate for this to take place, Van Rompuy said.

All the parties have expressed some interest in discussing social economic matters, the justice system and the budget. CD&V does want it to remain clear however that Van Rompuy is continuing his "exploratory mission" and is not holding negotiations. Yves Leterme remains the only candidate prime minister for the Flemish Christian democrats, the party reiterated last week.

The king assigned Van Rompuy this exploratory mission at the end of August. The Flemish Christian democrat has been working at smoothing out the deadlocked formation talks for almost three weeks, concentrating mainly on the different priorities among the language communities and the electoral issue surrounding the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde district, but doesn't seem to have made a great deal of progress.

The longer it takes to restart the negotiations between Christian democrats and liberal, the more speculation there is that another party may have to join the coalition.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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