Brussels: Greens, liberals and socialists to form Flemish half of the regional coalition

The Flemish greens, the Flemish liberals and the Flemish socialists have reached an agreement to former the Dutch-speaking half of the coalition that will govern the bi-lingual Brussels-Capital Region for the next 5 years. In Brussels the parties from the two linguistic groups form coalitions separately before coming together to form a regional government.


Among the just over 15% of Brussels voter that voted for a party in the Dutch-language electoral college, the Greens were the big winners, not only increasing their share of the vote, but also increasing their number of seats from 3 to 4. The liberals suffered big losses, losing 2 of their 5 seats.


The socialists that stood as also saw their vote fall but manged to hang onto their 3 seats. Over the next few weeks the three parties will discuss and reach agreement on the content of a coalition agreement for the capital.


Together the parties have a comfortable majority with 10 of 17 seats reserved for Flemings in the regional parliament.   


Speaking on Friday morning, the woman that initiated and led the talks Elke Van den Brandt (Flemish green) that “We soon saw that together with the liberal and we share a love of Brussels and we were soon able to find each other”. 


However, "The negotiations still have to start and there is only an agreement once they have been completed”. 


Will the Francophones chose the same parties?

The Francophone negotiations are being led by the leader of the Brussels section of the Francophone socialist party Laurette Onkelinx and the outgoing Brussels First Minister Rudi Vervoort (Francophone socialist). The have a number of meetings planned for next week. It is far from certain whether the parties that make up the Francophone half of the coalition will be of the same political colour as those in the Flemish half.

"There are a lot more options on the Francophone side that on the Dutch-speaking side.  We will wait and see. We are in daily contact with the Francophone greens and were are also in touch with those leading the Francophone talks”. We need to give the talks the space they deserve”, Ms Van den Brandt said.  

She stressed that her party saw the formation of a regional government in Brussels as being insolation from the formation of a Flemish or federal government coalition. 

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