King tells informateurs to stick at it

Filip, King of Belgians, has asked Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal and Belgian foreign minister) and Johan Vande Lanotte (Flemish socialist – privy councillor) to continue their efforts to kick-start the formation of a new Belgian government.

King Filip asked the two senior politicians to draw up a document based on their talks with party leaders.  The document will be used as a discussion document in forthcoming talks ahead of the formation talks proper, i.e. in the pre-formation talks.

The king has asked his counsellors to report back to him on 12 July and again on 29 July.

Mr Reynders later told reporters that on a one to ten scale he rated their chances at five with a margin of error of five.  Mr Vande Lanotte noted that the formation would involve parties with widely varying positions and that his and Mr Reynders’s task involved bringing these positions together.  He added that two things were needed to succeed: policy agreement and a willingness to succeed. The informateurs are talking with eight parties, the liberals, socialists and greens, the Flemish Christian democrats and the Flemish nationalists.

Mr Reynders and Mr Vande Lanotte hope to be ready by the end of the month when government formation talks could start.