Appeal to kick-start Belgium – “There is a stark difference between company management and politics”
Friday, 20 May 2016
“There is a stark difference between company management and politics.” So stated Kris Peeters, the Federal Minister for Employment during a debate upon the future of the workplace, organised by Agoria in Brussels. He thus reacted to the “free hand from three Belgian businessmen, who are calling upon political authorities to “kick-start this country which gives the impression of being unable to function properly.”
He says, “These men are imagining that it is possible to place politicians of all levels with five specific work groups. This stems from good intentions, but it is clearly not possible in reality,” Mr Peeters commented. He also said, “Politics is sometimes more complex.”
For him, to speak of a “failed state” aligns to having a masochistic attitude. “On the contrary, we should be proud of everything we have achieved in Belgium.”
The Minister-President of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, who was also present at the debate, spoke of “partly sharing” the opinion of these employers, which was published in both Le Soir and De Standaard on Wednesday. “I am in favour of greater coordination between federal entities. We started out in the year 2009-2010 with an inter-federal employment road map.”
The Walloon Minister-President is pleading for similar projects at the present time, as Belgium is “not efficient” given the current state of affairs.