Election2019: September Declaration in October?

Each year at the beginning of the parliamentary year the Flemish prime minister addresses the Flemish Parliament setting out his administration’s plans for the coming year.  This year the situation is complicated by the fact that a new Flemish government has to be formed following the 26 May general election. 

Formation talks are underway between the Flemish nationalists, Christian democrats and liberals, but there are increasing fears they won’t have been concluded before Monday 23 September, the date pencilled in for the September Declaration.

Speaking on VRT News this morning Wilfried Vandaele (Flemish nationalist), the Speaker or President of the Flemish Parliament, indicated that lawmakers were taking a potential delay into account: “The Parliament was ready for 23 September.  It could still happen, but if the new government isn’t yet ready, the parliamentary authorities will decide in favour of a delay.”

Any delay will probably only be a short one.  Parliament will convene on 23 September, but without a September Declaration there will be little on the agenda.