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Hal-Vilvorde breakaway bid ‘discriminatory’

2 December 2004

BRUSSELS – Belgium’s highest court, the Council of State, has criticised the proposals to split Brussels-Hal-Vilvorde into two.

In its judgment, the Council said it does not reject the idea of making Hal-Vilvorde a part of Flanders, but it criticised plans for managing the electoral boundaries.

Under the plans, Flemish politicians would still be present in the Brussels parliament while French-speaking politicians in the area would lose a part of their electorate.

The Council says that could be discriminatory and has therefore passed the decision on the change onto the federal parliament for further debate.

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Subject: Belgian news