Flemish government split up after all day negotiations: “Jambon’s proposal was laughable”

Flemish government split up after all day negotiations: “Jambon’s proposal was laughable”
Flemish government split up after all day negotiations: “Jambon’s proposal was laughable”

The Flemish government negotiated the budget until late on Friday. CD&V and Open VLD could not agree with a compromise proposal from Jan Jambon. At about 10 p.m., the ministers separated without agreement.

Hannes Heynderickx

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They sat together for a whole day on Friday, our Flemish ministers. But Friday evening there was still no agreement on a new budget, which would also include new energy measures. Negotiations were suspended around 10 p.m. Previously, Prime Minister Jambon had already switched to bilateral relations with the various government parties.

Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) had tabled a compromise proposal in the evening, but it was not so well received by coalition partners CD&V and Open VLD. “Jambon’s proposal was for a laugh,” it sounded around 9 p.m. “Far too little money was spent.”

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There was, however, a broad consensus on the substantive aspects. In any case, there will be an extra investment in child benefit, childcare and the job bonus. The rents of energy-guzzling homes will be partially blocked and a support package for companies will be introduced. But exactly how much money is spent on these measures led to fierce discussions within the Flemish government. The N-VA in particular does not want to spend too much money. Budget Minister Matthias Diependaele (N-VA) wants to achieve a balanced budget by 2027 at the latest.

The intention is now to further calculate a number of proposals and scenarios in working groups. Negotiations would resume around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Prime Minister Jan Jambon is expected in the Flemish Parliament on Monday for his September statement. In that statement, the government traditionally sets out the broad outline of its policy and budget for the coming year.

The article is in Dutch

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