Mr Bonte did not identify individual municipalities, but clearly had Brussels municipalities in his sights. Earlier he called them the" Achilles heel of our security policy". The Vilvoorde Mayor accused some of his colleagues of being too slow, too lax and of failing to invest enough energy in tackling the issue.
Mr Bonte is suggesting limiting the powers of mayors who refuse to implement the foreign terrorist fighters’ directive: "We are paying a dreadful price in terms of angst, uncertainty and loss of privacy. Maybe the time is right for a debate on withdrawing the powers of those who do not use them."