Bouchez repeatedly claimed that the experts were already getting paid by the government, adding that they should conform more to political decisions. Van Ranst, however, stated that the experts were not being paid.
“If some politicians start playing political games with payments to the experts, even before the arrangement is in place, then I will not accept that payment,” Van Ranst said.
Als sommige politici al politieke spelletjes beginnen te spelen met vergoedingen aan de experten, zelfs nog vooraleer die regeling van kracht is, dan pas ik voor die vergoeding. https://t.co/V5rPCUdDbO
So far, no payment has been made yet, but that should change soon, as the arrangement is ready and must still be signed. Once that happens, the GEMS experts will actually be paid for their advice.
Earlier this week, government sources told Le Soir that payment should make the experts’ position clearer. “In this way, they are really in the service of the government,” they said.
Last week, Bouchez also criticised the experts, and Van Ranst in particular, saying that “if you are paid by the government, you should be loyal to the government and not constantly question its decisions.”