Belgium in Brief: What Expats Want

Belgium in Brief: What Expats Want

The non-Belgian community of Brussels – of which many of us are part – really want to vote, according to the preliminary results from a survey by the Brussels Government aimed at giving international residents a say.

But is that so surprising? We live here.

The crux of the matter – though I would recommend reading this piece from Lauren Walker to get your head around it – is that letting international residents vote in Brussels regional elections would require a change in the Belgian Constitution, which can only be done by the Federal Government.

This would give the community a say in politics at a semi-local level. You know, the level that has a huge impact on daily lives? So what’s a regional issue?

Yes. All that, and so much more. Starts to make sense why people want a say, right?

Unsurprisingly, the other big request from expats is for English to be used more at an administrative level. I’ll be the first to say that I struggle with some administrative tasks in English, let alone Dutch (often with google translate, a phrasebook and a long-suffering partner trying to help me through it).

So, readers and all, what do YOU want from Brussels? Let @johnstonjules know.

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