The renovation of the Law Courts of Brussels, covered with scaffolding for decades, will not be completed before 2040, La Libre Belgique daily on Thursday reported Justice Minister Koen Geens as saying. The total cost of the operation will reportedly be 100 million euros.
The imposing building on Poelaert Square will continue to be used for judicial activities, but the 26.000 m² structure will have to wait another 20 years to become a modern, comfortable infrastructure.
This situation is exasperating for Jean-Pierre Buyle, president of the French- and German-speaking Bars of Belgium (Avocats.be.). “Three hundred and twenty (320) million were found to renovate the former Law Courts of Antwerp and build the new one; sizeable budgets have been granted to the law courts of Bruges (Brugge), Ghent, Courtrai (Kortrijk), Mons, Liège or Namur, but next to nothing has been done since the end of the war for that of Brussels,” Buyle commented.
La Libre Belgique also reported that the scaffolding that mars the face of the building is scheduled to be removed only in 2032, for a total bill of some 70 million euros.