Mr Reynders and Mr Vande Lanotte were first appointed to the post of Informateur on 30 May. Their mission was extended on 1 July and has now been further extended again, this time until 9 September.
The Informateurs’ primary aim is to examine the possibility of the two largest parties, the Francophone socialist and the Flemish nationalist working together to help form a Federal Government. Little progress has been made in the 9 weeks since the election. However, Mr Reynders and Mr Vande Lanotte say that they are ”a little bit optimistic” in the light of Sunday’s multi-party meeting at which both the Francophone socialists and the Flemish nationalist were in attendance.