Prime Minister to tackle commotion over nominations

In the wake of the commotion surrounding the nomination of the former Finance Minister Steven Vanackere for a post on the board of the National Bank of Belgium, the Federal Prime Minister Charles Michel (Francophone liberal has said that he will find a solution to the issues surrounding nominations to the National Bank and other institutions.    

Mr Michel will hold talks on the subject with the Federal Deputy Prime Ministers this week. Over the past week there has been a lot of commotion about the nomination of the former Finance Minister Steven Vanackere (Flemish Christian democrat) for a post on the board of the National Bank. His appointment would mean not a single woman would be on the bank’s board.

The Flemish liberal Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and the Francophone Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders believe that this is unacceptable. The Flemish nationalist Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt is prepared to discuss the nomination, while the Flemish Christian democrats insist that the post must be given to their candidate Mr Vanackere.  

Government sources have told VRT News that the Federal Prime Minister Charles Michel has now taken charge of the case and will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the four Deputy Prime Ministers this week during which not only the Mr Vanackere’s nomination will be discussed but also nominations “in a wider framework”. One these talks have been concluded, Mr Michel intends to put proposals before the Federal Cabinet.

Positions are set to become vacant at several government bodies soon. These include that of Chair of the energy regulator CREG and a deputy chairpersonship of the European Investment Bank.