Flemish PM reacts to DHL job cuts

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The Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters (Christian Democrat) is to hold talks with the bosses of the courier DHL.

On Thursday, the company announced that it is to move its European Headquarters from Diegem in Flemish Brabant to the German city of Bonn.

The move will mean the loss of 788 Flemish jobs.

Peeters says that he finds it regrettable that DHL didn’t contact the Flemish Government before deciding to carry out such a large-scale restructuring.

Speaking on the VRT’s current affairs programme Terzake, Peeters said: “It’s is naturally highly regrettable that, given the scale of the redundancies and that so many people are affected, the Flemish Government and myself were not informed about the situation”

The Flemish Government has come under fire from several quarters, as its so-called Start-plan to stimulate the economic development of the area around Zaventem Airport (Flemish Brabant) has failed to get off the ground.

A number of projects have been delayed by judicial proceedings.

However, Peeters insists that the Flemish Government intends to cut red tape and make it easier for new businesses to set up shop.

"We’re working on it."

"A special committee was set up last week and I hope that we will be able to pass a bill to cut the time certain procedures take.”


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