“I thank Mr Vanackere for his stupendous work”

The Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) and politicians from the federal coalition and opposition parties have reacted to the resignation of the Finance Minister Steven Vanackere. In a brief statement Mr Di Rupo thanked Mr Vanackere for the “stupendous work he has done in difficult political and economic circumstances.” The Prime Minister went on to say that it was “with deep regret” that he had learned of Me Vanackere decision to resign.

In a brief statement Mr Di Rupo thanked Mr Vanackere for the “stupendous work he has done in difficult political and economic circumstances.”

The Prime Minister went on to say that it was “with deep regret” that he had learned of Mr Vanackere decision to resign. 

The other two Flemish Deputy Prime Ministers in the Federal Government Johan Vande Lanotte (socialist) and Alexander De Croo (liberal, photo) also thanked Mr Vanackere.

“I feel that Steven Vanackere was a strong figure in the government and that he was a good Finance Minister”, Mr Vande Lanotte said. “It’s a great shame that he has resigned”.

Mr De Croo told the VRT that “Even though we were from different parties, we were in the first place colleagues.”

“I would like to thank Steven Vanackere for his work at the important Department of Finance and for the co-operation over the past few months.
 

“Resignation changes nothing”

The leader of the Flemish Nationalist Group in the Federal Parliament Jan Jambon (photo) is keen to stress that he and his party had never demanded Mr Vanackere’s resignation.

Mr Jambon adds that the resignation changes nothing with regard to his party's demand for an enquiry into the deal over stocks between the Christian Workers Movement and the state-owned Belfius Bank.

“Let parliament investigate Dexia”

The leader of the Green Group in the Federal Parliament Meyrem Almaci (photo) said that in the light of Mr Vanackere’s resignation, the Federal Government should allow parliament to investigate Dexia.

Ms Almaci also said that the new Finance Minister should implement reforms for the financial sector before the summer.

“Only logical”

The far-right party Vlaams Belang says that it is “only logical” that Mr Vanackere has resigned as his position had become “untenable”.

The party’s Hagen Goyvaerts added that Vlaams Belang was “the first and only party” to demand Mr Vanackere’s resignation.