"There were 8 missions to Vietnam each with a stop-over in Bangkok. For 4 of these Mr Versnick didn’t bring in any expenses.
For 4 other he did, but these were missions in which it was specified that he would have contact with the Belgian embassy in Thailand”, Deputy Stefaan Vercamer (Christian democrat) told journalists.
However, Mr Vercamer would not comment on the level of expenses claimed by Mr Versnick. The opposing plans to grill the provincial cabinet on the missions and the expenses claimed for them at the next provincial council meeting in September.
“Resign all your paid positions”
Despite his resignation from the provincial cabinet, Mr Versnick still holds nine paid position in various inter-municipal organisations and associations.
The youth wing of the liberal party Open VLD have asked their party colleague to resign from these posts.
The young liberals say that they want “to carry out a spring clean of all organs in which political appointees do things in areas in which the state has no business being involved in”.