Peeters wants 'Action in Flanders'

Kris Peeters, outgoing Prime Minister and the man charged with forming a new Flemish government (formateur), has drafted a memo entitled 'Action in Flanders'. The memo forms the basis for the talks for the formation of a new government coalition. The emphasis is on savings measures to attain a balanced budget. The state reforms will be further handled by a special committee.
'Action in Flanders, for an innovative, social and open Flanders' is the title of the memo drafted by Kris Peeters.
Further state reforms will be worked on by a special committee. All the governments in the country will use the committee to make agreements and to establish the working methods. The Peeters memo does not contain any new deadlines. In the meantime, Flanders should capitalise on the competencies it already has.

As for the budget, Mr Peeters wants to strive for a balanced budget in 2011, with by economising. The job bonus that was implemented for the first time this year for all working people living in Flanders will be limited to the lowest incomes.

The memo talks about managing a Flemish hospitalisation insurance and an extra child allowance. There is also a long-range plan to work away the backlog on waiting lists in the care sector.

Mr Peeters also wants to discuss a Flemish energy company, road-pricing, and a kilometre tax.

No one rejects the Peeters memo

The four parties called on by Kris Peeters to enter a new round of negotiations to form a new Flemish government have reacted positively to the memo.

The Christian democrat CD&V party of Kris Peeters has given a thumbs up. They are very pleased with the document and are especially happy with plans for investments and a jobs action plan. The CD&V also approves of plans for an extra Flemish child allowance and the determination to deal with the long waiting lists in healthcare. CD&V chairwoman Marianne Thyssen (photo) underlines the fact that the new Flemish government will be stable enough to govern well for the next 5 years.
Flemish conservative nationalist party N-VA, the big winners of the Flemish elections, have said they would be prepared to join a Flemish coalition.

Party chairman, Bart De Wever (photo) confirms that the N-VA's top priorities are included in Kris Peeter's memo. "In the meantime we have to make the time ripe for a more assertive Flemish policy."

The socialist SP.A party is not yet sure if the socialists should take part in the next coalition government. The socialists first want to make sure that there are sufficient social accents in the government accord.
The Open VLD Flemish liberal party of former Prime Minister and newly-elected EuroMP Guy Verhofstadt has said it would take part in the next round of negotiations. Mr Verhofstadt is now interim chairman of the party following the resignation of Bart Somers after the not-so-good election results became known.

As expected the party executive and factions decided unanimously to enter discussion.