The prison agreement with the trade unions was based on a dialogue in all the country. “We focused not only on commitments but also on an analysis of the infrastructure in every prison,” Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Thursday (9 June). He rejected the criticism from the trade unions CSPF and CSC that argued that the agreement was modelled on the situation in Flanders.
Both unions accuse Charles Michel for having behaved as ”Prime Minister of the Flemish”. Asked after the cabinet meeting, the prime minister said that the agreement had also been signed by the francophone union SLFP.
The government has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the prison infrastructure in the country. The analysis “is not about one community, there are differences between institutions and this specificity has largely been taken into account,” he said.
The agreement was concluded on May 30 with Minister of Justice Koen Geens. It was signed by representatives of the Flemish Christian and Socialist unions and the Liberal Union, which is in minority in the south of the country.