Wallonians call for more financial aid
19 September 2005, BRUSSELS – The president of Wallonia has called on the Federal and Flemish governments to do more to revive the economy of Belgium's French-speaking region.
19 September 2005
BRUSSELS – The president of Wallonia has called on the Federal and Flemish governments to do more to revive the economy of Belgium's French-speaking region.
Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe used a speech marking the 25th anniversary of Belgium's regional governments to make his appeal.
The speech was attended by Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Flemish President Yves Leterme.
“We are waiting on the federal government to demonstrate its capacity to support the development of the country by contributing to kickstarting our economy and taking the measures that we urgently need,” said Van Cauwenberghe.
The francophone president has already met with his counterparts from Flanders and Brussels to draw up a list of demands for the federal
Wallonia is asking for financial aid and tax breaks for its companies.
The Flemish government will look at the question next week but Leterme has already indicated he is unconvinced by the idea of regional tax reductions.
Any lowering of taxes should be done across the board and not just in specific regions, he said.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news