New party launched, aims to run in 2019

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:10
Businessman Walter Feltrin and his wife, Barbara Dufour, announced on Thursday the official launch of a new political party, Oxygène, which aims to present candidates throughout Wallonia and Brussels at the legislative and regional elections in 2019.
Belgium's New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party has called for dialogue on independence for Catalonia, the party said in a press release following Sunday’s referendum in the Spanish region.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the violence surrounding the Catalan Independence referendum.
The Wallonia Region’s 2018 budget reflects a strong continuity between the choices of the current MR-cdH Government and those of its predecessor, the head of the Ecolo Party in the Walloon parliament, Stephane Hazée, said on Monday, one day after the end of budget deliberations on Sunday.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Charles Michel said the agreement on a share accounts tax “must and will be executed” according to the timescale he set out.
Karen Van Eetvelt, the head of the Flemish Employer’s organisation Unizo, will vacate the position in October after 13 years in office.

Flemish Government beefs up climate goals

Friday, 15 September 2017 16:36
The Flemish Government has decided to take 2015, instead of 2005, as the baseline year for calculating the climate efforts of its departments, which has the effect of raising its climate goals, according to a government memo presented to the various ministers on Friday.
Belgium’s Prince Laurent is to be heard by Prime Minister Charles Michel on the issue of his unauthorised meeting with Chinese officials at a July reception in Brussels.
Wallonia’s government on Thursday examined draft circulars that should help local governments to draw up their 2018 budgets this autumn. Among its proposals, it recommends that municipalities observe a “fiscal peace” and that provinces apply a “fiscal freeze”.
Tarik Jadaoun (28), a Belgian jihadi linked to the Islamic State terror group, has lost his life in Mosul, Iraq, Het Laatste Nieuws, VTM Nieuws and RTL reported on Monday.