Karl-Heinz Lambertz will step down as Speaker of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community on 30 January, will step down as Speaker of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community on 30 January, according to Grenz-Echo and BRF.
” I had already indicated in 2019 that I would not serve as president until the 2024 elections,” Lambertz told Belga News Agency. “I indicated then that I would stop the year I turned 70. That was in 2022.”
The one-year delay was due to the health problems of his successor, Charles Servaty. “He is doing much better now and that is why the date of 30 January has been set,” Lambertz explained.
He confirmed that he does, in fact, intend to remain in parliament until the end of his term.
Lambertz, who has been a member of parliament for 42 years now, was a minister from 1990 to 1999 and prime minister from 1999 to 2014.
Belgium's German-speaking Community covers an area of 854km2 within Liège Province, Wallonia. The area, which has its own parliament and government at Eupen, shares borders with the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. It has a population of about 78,000.