42.5 million euros invested in 13 Brussels municipalities by 2020
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    42.5 million euros invested in 13 Brussels municipalities by 2020

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    By 2020, thirteen municipalities in the capital will benefit from 42.4 million euros of regional resources for 70 projects within the framework of the “City policy”. According to the cabinet of Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (SP), the Brussels government approved the “City policy” programs of these thirteen communes.

    The total budget of 42.4 million was distributed among these local entities on the basis of statistical data related to the number of inhabitants, income levels and unemployment rates, and finally on the age of the buildings in question. The 13 municipalities are: Anderlecht, Brussels, Etterbeek, Evere, Forest, Ixelles, Jette, Koekelberg, Molenbeek, Saint-Gilles, Saint-Josse, Schaerbeek and Uccle.

    Inherited from the federal government during the transfers linked to the sixth state reform, the “City policy” was transformed into a regional authority linked to regional planning and neighborhood development.

    Objectives include the improvement of living conditions in neighborhoods through the development of public spaces as a vehicle for social ties and cultural exchanges, and the creation and development of public housing for specific segments of the community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, people in emergency situations and students.

    Also targeted are the development of public sports and cultural facilities, actions to encourage the development of neighbourhoods and improved conditions for living together, the fight against poverty, socio-professional integration measures and the fight against societal and spatial dualisation of neighborhoods.

    According to the Brussels Minister-President, the region reappropriated this urban policy and extended its impact to thirteen Brussels municipalities, chosen on the basis of objective socio-economic criteria. In the past, only seven municipalities were eligible for these subsidies.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times