Brussels Mayor wants end to third-sector management agreements with Brussels City Council
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    Brussels Mayor wants end to third-sector management agreements with Brussels City Council

    On Wednesday, the Socialist Mayor of Brussels City Council, Philippe Close, gave his reaction in La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure to the recent stir around the Brussels based non-profit organisation GIAL. He believes that the problem resides within the practice of “executing management agreements with the CEO of the board of the third sector organisation.” He stresses that this is a practice which he says should, “now stop at Brussels City Council”, and which in the meantime has moreover stopped within GIAL, “where a particular civil servant” reached the top of the association.

    The mayor summarised, “There should be no self-employed individuals running these organisations.” He was being questioned upon the duration of the consultancy agreement (17 years) entered into by GIAL with the specialist Michel Leroy. This collaboration should have been subject to an appropriate invitation to tender, according to a recent audit requested by the third sector organisation’s management, a point revealed by Le Vif.

    Moreover, Philippe Close is promising to “merge part” of the third sector organisations linked to Brussels City Council, and to “implement management contracts” for the “largest” seven “subsidiaries of Brussels City Council” (including the Mabru Brussels Morning Market and four hospitals). He states, “We have already tendered to work with a third party firm, responsible for assisting us in redrafting the management contracts.” However, these contracts cannot be approved until after the next municipal elections.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times