Groen calls for salary increase financed by Belgium’s wealthiest
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Nine electoral priorities were presented by Groen (Flemish Green party) in Mechelen on Monday.

Among these: more teachers, better health care, higher net wages for low and middle incomes, improved social benefits, higher pensions, a radical change towards a neutral carbon society and better investment in public transport. To finance these reforms, Groen would count especially on contribution from the largest fortunes, reviving the idea of their census.

Groen President Meyrem Almaci and the group’s federal and Flemish regional heads Kristof Calvo and Björn Rzoska signed a symbolic “contract with the citizens” on Monday. 

The party’s new “promises” “are priorities that we will place on the table at the next government negotiations,” Almaci said. “Every vote will count for achieving these commitments.” 

Groen President indicated on Monday her preference for a progressive coalition, all while being prepared to negotiate with everyone, except the Vlaams Belang (Flemish interest). “We are not ruling anyone out but do prefer to focus on what unites us.” 

The Flemish ecologists’ campaign posters reflect this approach:  party members are not on the lists, but instead, representative citizens “who are seeking a governing partner.” You will see nurses and patients who “share the hope for quality health care;” teachers and students, who “could all benefit from class reinforcement.” 

As mentioned above, Groen also wants to establish a higher net salary. To finance this measure, it proposes a contribution from the country’s greatest fortunes, based on a registry by censure. “Only those whose wealth exceeds one million euros will pay more,” Calvo said.

The Brussels Times

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