Government parties have been joined by the greens to support fresh legislation in parliament. The legislation has been the subject of much debate over the past two years. Belgium's Anti-fraud Secretary of State, John Crombez (Flemish socialist), says that the size of the new fines is not excessive:
"These are immense fines, but in major fraud cases they are far from excessive. In some cases you could say that 3 million euros isn't even enough!"
Flemish Christian democrat MP Raf Terwingen agrees: "Originally fraud fines were limited to 125,000 euros multiplied by six. This now rises to 3 million in total. There are mega fraud cases and these need to be tackled adequately."