Vande Lanotte reports to the King

The Royal Mediator Johan Vande Lanotte (Flemish socialist) has visited King Albert II of the Belgians to brief the Belgian monarch on the progress of his mediation mission. Mr Vande Lanotte will start a second round of talks with the various parties later on Monday.

Experts from the National Bank of Belgium and the Federal Planning Bureau will provide the parties with an explanation of the proposals contained in the note drawn up by Mr Vande Lanotte last week.

Mr Vande Lanotte will continue to negotiate with Flemings and Francophones separately, before bringing together all the seven parties involved in the federal coalition talks.

First up will be the Francophones on Monday evening.

The Royal Mediator will meet with representatives of the Flemish parties on Tuesday.

The parties will have the opportunity to ask questions about and table amendments to Mr Vande Lanotte’s proposals.

Mr Vande Lanotte’s note contains a series of compromises about the distribution of competences between the federal state and the regions and language communities, as well as new proposals about the distribution of funding between the federal and other levels of government.

Up until now, Mr Vande Lanotte has avoided the thorny issue of the partition of the Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde parliamentary constituency.

The proposals about the distribution of funding between the federal state and the regions and language communities were drawn up by the National Bank of Belgium and the Federal Planning Bureau.

Experts from both institutions will meet with financial experts from the seven parties individually to explain what the consequences of the proposals would be for their respective regions and language communities.