Thursday’s session to discuss the budget lasted 18 hours. The 2020 budget has a deficit of around 430 million euro. The Flemish Government plans to return to a balanced budget in 2021.
The coalition parties were keen to stress the 1.65 billion euro in extra investments ear-marked for (amongst other policy areas) education, research and development and care services. Meanwhile, the opposition parties’ criticism was mainly levelled at the Flemish Government’s plans to make cuts to funding to areas such as welfare and culture.
Several hundred people demonstrated against the cuts outside the Flemish Parliament.