Share article:
Share article:

King Philippe calls for ‘real open dialogue’

Credit: Belga

King Philippe said he is aware of the challenges politicians face while doing their day-to-day job during his National Day speech on Saturday. 

“We need to rise up and meet these challenges with courage and determination. These challenges are so complicated and so linked it will require intense cooperation at all levels to solve them,” said the King, while calling for “real open dialogue.” 

The King said “the citizens expressed themselves in diverse ways” in the recent elections on 26 May. However, they all want “politicians to focus on the same issues: employment, climate, poverty and immigration.” 

Federal and regional negotiations (with the exception of Brussels) are still undergoing, but the King wants to see them resolved “without delay” and for cooperation. 

“Open dialogue means wanting to understand the others convictions and choices, even if we disagree with them. It’s making the other party feel you need them, with no exceptions. It means avoiding lies and hurtful words,” said the King. 

Real dialogue means “dealing with complexity by cultivating nuances and looking for complementarity,” he added. “Having one coordinated plan and open dialogue lets you handle issues like the climate, employment, mobility, energy, education and training more efficiently.”  

“Our diversity and complementarity are our strengths. That’s how the world sees us and that’s what is expected of us. It is in our nature even if we are not aware of it. We should be proud of it and use it to inspire new ambition within our country,” he stated.  


The Brussels Times

Latest news

Over 80,000 companies in Belgium non-compliant with anti-money laundering meassures
Over 80,000 companies and non-profits in Belgium are still not compliant with the Ultimate Business Owner (UBO) register, which is required of them ...
Increase in tax exemption for donations in Belgium fails to meet expectations
The increase from 45% to 60% in the tax exemption for donations, decided by the former federal government in June 2020, has cost Belgium more than ...
Sex workers in Belgium to get more social rights protection
The social rights of sex workers will soon be better protected in Belgium, Belga News Agency reports. The Council of Ministers has approved a draft ...
Belgian firms sent almost 266 billion euros to tax havens last year
Hundreds of Belgian firms sent close to 266 billion euros to tax havens last year, De Tijd reported on Saturday. Any Belgian individual or firm ...
Belgian investigator wins prestigious US prize
Olivier Hardy, an investigator with the federal police’s anti-terrorist unit in Brussels, DR3, received on Friday a "Top Cop" prize in Washington for ...
Pegasus Project: European Parliament awards journalism prize to investigation of use of spyware
The Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded on Thursday to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories ...
Belgians can now test their knowledge of driving rules and win prizes
The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) launched on Friday a quiz to allow the general public to test their knowledge of the highway code. Last year, ...
600 extras wanted for film about Belgian ‘Porn King’ and notorious Antwerp nightclub
A Belgian movie telling the story of a notorious Antwerp nightclub with connections to a Belgian 'Porn King' is looking for 600 extras at the end of ...
Namur Marathon relaunches after two years on hold
The next edition of the Namur Marathon will take place on April 24, 2022, its organisers announced on Friday, as they also opened registrations. ...
Lidl goes on strike: Half of supermarkets in Belgium closes on Saturday
One in two Lidl shops remained closed on Saturday morning, Lidl spokeswoman Isabelle Colbrandt said. Staff have been on strike for several days to ...
€220 million: Largest ever lottery prize in Europe won in France
A record-breaking €220 million Euromillions jackpot was won on Friday by a player in France, the French gaming authority (FDJ) has announced. The ...
Antwerp exhibition shows first photos after city bombed in 1944
An open-air exhibition in Antwerp will show off never before seen photos as part of a commemoration of the first V-bomb to hit the city, 77 years ...