The government accord negotiated when the Michel I government was being set up four and a half years ago has been the basis for all government action. Earlier in the month the nationalists left the federal government following a row over the UN global compact on migration. Mr Michel had hoped to stay on at the head of a minority government, but decided to resign when the socialist and green opposition tabled a no confidence motion. The prime minister is expected to head a caretaker administration with limited powers until the 26 May general election.
There are worries in Flemish nationalist quarters that some of the plans may not be realised. The N-VA would like to see the amount you receive in unemployment benefit fall the longer you stay on the dole. Last summer the government also reached agreement on a labour deal intended to ease the shortage on the labour market.
N-VA floorleader Pieter De Roover told VRT: "We wish to set to work in parliament on the basis of the legacy of Michel I. N-VA is tabling legislation linked to the labour deal today”.
N-VA hopes to tackle the "retirement pensions trap" as a first step: the fact that some people would get a lower pension after tax despite a gross increase. Other bills N-VA is considering tabling include one granting mayors more powers to deal with crime.
Pieter De Roover: "We've requested a number of guarantees, guarantees that we can use in parliament, keep an eye on what we agree in parliament and what we don't. It's a different situation to the one we would be in if we supported the government from the opposition."
Commentators note that last week before the collapse of the government the N-VA was in a position to reach agreement on such matters.