BELGIUM WATCH

Flanders oppressed since 1830

75% Flemish entrepreneurs want a reform of the Belgian state

75% of the Flemish entrepreneurs are convinced that a reform of the Belgian state will help solving the economical problems. In a survey of Unizo, an organization of 80000 entrepreneurs, they are saying that a reform will create an environment facilitating the economical grow. The federated states need the right to decide for themselves on matters related to business settlement conditions, unemployment and company taxes. (article)

16 June 2010 Posted by | Belgium | , | Leave a comment

Vice Governor Belgian National Bank anxious about his position

In financial surroundings rumours are going round that Luc Coene is worrying he can’t become the next Governor of the Belgian National Bank anymore. Coene was using hard words against the N-VA (New Flemish Alliance) shortly before the elections, violating his neutral position as Vice Governor. The N-VA won the general elections of last Sunday with 28% of the votes causing an electoral landslide in Flanders.

16 June 2010 Posted by | Belgium | , | Leave a comment

Frenchification advances in Flanders

According to Luc Van Biesen of the Open VLD (Flemish Liberals), the detailed results of the general elections of last Sunday are showing that the influence of French-speaking politicians in Flanders is still growing and that a quick division of the unconstitutional electoral district B-H-V is needed. In the electoral district B-H-V (Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde) Flanders was able to keep 9 parliamentary seats only because less French-speaking expats than usually were voting abroad. French-speaking expats consequently add their votes to the B-H-V listings to support the francophone influence in B-H-V. The Belgian Constitutional Court ruled in 2003 that the B-H-V voting district is in contradiction with the provincial definition of the electoral districts of Belgium. In this unconstitutional electoral district, French-speaking voters living in a Flemish province can vote on politicians living outside Flanders while this isn’t possible the other way around.

16 June 2010 Posted by | Belgium | , | Leave a comment