Economic recession is Van Rompuy's top priority

15th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The reluctant PM is facing up to the country's problems ahead of June's elections.

In his first big interview with VRT Belgian Premier Herman Van Rompuy (Flemish Christian democrat) has said that the new government still has to find savings worth 3.5 million euros this year.

Mr Van Rompuy is eager to cancel any budget deficit that is not the result of the global economic downturn.

The National Bank estimates that this part of the deficit is worth around 1% of national output or 3.5 million euros.

Van Rompuy noted that fighting the economic recession was his top priority.

Speaking about his predecessor Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) Van Rompuy said that Leterme will be able to function properly in Belgian politics long after he, Van Rompuy, has disappeared from the limelight.

Van Rompuy is 62 and was known not to be eager to become Belgian Premier.

Leterme was forced to resign following suspicions that he attempted to influence the judiciary with regard to a case centring of the stricken Belgian bank Fortis.

The Belgian premier also acknowledged that government parties will have to grasp the nettle and reach a settlement regarding the splitting of the Brussels Halle Vilvoorde constituency soon.

He underlined that results could only be looked at after the regional elections in June.


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