Mr Reynders and Mr Vande Lanotte were given their mission on 30 May, four days after the elections. They were given the task of “identifying the challenges faced by our country and looking into the prerequisites necessary to lead to the formation of a Federal Government”.
They reported to the King on their progress for the first time on 6 June. Then Belgium’s Head of State extended their mission by a further 10 days. On Monday the King was given a second progress report and the decision was made to give the “informateurs” another 2 weeks.
The Royal Palace said in a statement that “They will continue to strive for the speedy formation of a Federal Government”.