The CD&V MP Nathalie Muylle told the Het Nieuwsblad on Sunday that the Public Health Minister Maggie De Block’s (Open Vld) ideas on selling alcohol were “a slap in the face to a million citizens with an alcohol problem”.
On Saturday, Maggie De Block told the same paper that night shops and petrol stations can continue to sell alcohol. “I don’t want to see any more bankruptcies”, she said.
The CD&V says it is a crucial point in the fight against alcohol abuse. “If we want to deal with the problem of alcohol abuse, we need a new approach. That means focusing on prevention and control, but also limiting access”, says Miss Muylle, the spokesman for the issue.
“On behalf of the Economy Minister, I can understand the focus on the economy: on behalf of the Public Health Minister, it is totally irresponsible”, the MP says. “If Minister De Block doesn’t want to impose a limit, I’m worried her alcohol plan will just be an empty box”.