The congress got under way at around 2pm with a speech by the Vlaams Belang Group Leader in the Flemish Parliament Chris Janssens. Mr Janssens said how he regretted “the evolution from a centre-left government obsessed with taxation to a centre right that does just the same”.
After Mr Janssens it was the turn of far-right leaders from across Europe to have their say. The French Front National’s Marine Le Pen said that it was “an important day in the history of Vlaams Belang”.
The controversial leader of the Dutch party PVV Geert Wilders described Vlaams Belang as “an important partner that can always count on our help and support”. There were also recorded video messages from the Italian party Lega Nord and the Austrian FPÖ.