Juncker asks Belgium to be “generous’’ towards the EU British civil servants
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    Juncker asks Belgium to be “generous’’ towards the EU British civil servants

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    The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, asked Belgium to “show some generosity” by granting the Belgian nationality to British European civil servants who would ask for it. Many UK civil servants holding a post in Brussels wish to be naturalized Belgian in order to keep their job after the Brexit. Jean-Claude Juncker, therefore, sent a request to the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel concerning these, Thursday, while the European Parliament met.

    “I would like to commend Belgium, who hosts, together with others — Strasbourg, Luxembourg — European institutions with great generosity, especially the Brussels people. And this generosity impresses me daily,” declared Mr. Juncker.

    “But I would like the Belgian authorities to show the same generosity when it comes to granting the Belgian nationality to British civil servants here in Brussels,” he continued. “They deserve it,” insisted the Luxembourger.

    In his response, Charles Michel said how delighted he was about the “attractiveness of the Belgian citizenship,” while underlining that, for the time being, there is a “contradictory jurisprudence” on this matter in Belgium.

    “The Government is examining from a legislative point of view the possibilities on this subject, which concerns quite a number of people present for a long time in our country,” he concluded.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times