Flanders pays – scientific studies by independent academics and knowledge centers always come to this conclusion. It was also the determination of Juul Hannes in the recently reissued Flanders Pays – The Myth of Reverse Transfers. It is also the conclusion of Barbara Pas and Lode Vereeck in a new book, Bottomless.
Year after year
What we Flemings give away to our Walloon neighbors amounts to an annual amount of just 12 billion euros. That equates to 12,650 euros per working Fleming. Not just once, but for decades, year after year. Since when do you call this kind of ‘solidarity’ an organized theft?
You can read this political analysis by Barbara Pas and Lode Vereeck in the forthcoming book Bodemloos.
The endless transfers are due to an old-fashioned industrial policy in Wallonia, a non-activating labor market policy and substandard education. What would happen if these transfers stopped and Flanders was allowed to manage that money itself? What social needs could it address?
Could the end of the transfers bring about a Walloon economic renaissance or will hammock socialism continue to proliferate?
You will learn more about the analysis and the solutions during the book presentation of Bottomless by Barbara Pas and Lode Vereeck:
East Flanders – 14/9 – De Wiek (Dendermondebaan 8, 9240 Zele .)
Antwerp – 15/9 – Blue Point (Filip Williotstraat 9, 2600 Antwerp)
Limburg – 21/9 – Corda Campus (Kempice Steenweg 293/16, 3500 Hasselt)
Flemish Brabant – 26/9 De Montil (Moortelstraat 8, 1790 Affligem)
West Flanders – 27/9 – Van der Valk (Kapellestraat 146, 8020 Oostkamp)
The book presentation takes place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The doors open at 7:30 PM.
This is followed by a reception, where you can have the book signed on the spot.
Places are limited, registration is recommended.
The book will be published in mid-September but can already be pre-ordered.
Order your copy here.