Flemish parliamentarians feel muzzled by their leadersMonday, 26 February 2018 18:19
Parliamentarians unhappy with the situation include Housing Commission member Mercedes Van Volcem from the Open Vld Party. The situation in her commission is “serious”, she says, adding, “I’ve never seen that before. I never had problems in the previous legislature, when Jan Penris (Vlaams Belang Party) was chairman. But now, the chairman (Lorin Parys) and the minister (Lisebeth Homans) are both from the N-VA (New Flemish Alliance).”
Some would like to see the rules changed to stipulate that a commission chairman should preferably not be the same party as the competent minister. However, the N-VA does not agree. The speaker of the Flemish Parliament, Jan Peumans, stressed, for his part, that an excessive number of questions does not necessary improve the discussions.
The Brussels Times
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