Belgian Federal Government resumes budget talks today

Belgian Federal Government resumes budget talks today
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Credit: Belga/Laurie Dieffembacq

The ministers of the Federal Government already spent all day Saturday discussing the drafting of the 2023 and 2024 budgets, and are continuing on Sunday with energy, competitiveness and the budget on the menu.

The ministers met from 10:00 to 13:00 on Saturday, because Prime Minister Alexander De Croo held bilateral talks in the afternoon. However, a plenary negotiation on the multi-party questions also took place, but final decisions were reportedly not made.

As of Sunday morning, the ministers are meeting again. They should reach an agreement by Tuesday afternoon, as that is when De Croo's State of the Union address in the Chamber is scheduled.

On Saturday, it was made clear that Federal Finance Minister Vincent Van Peteghem wants to go much less far in skimming off excess profits in the energy sector than the proposal put on the table by Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten.

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