All new cars emission-free and 1,500 euros net pension: this is stated in the coalition agreement

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The details of the coalition agreement canceled by the 7 Vivaldi parties on Wednesday are gradually becoming known. We list the most striking measures for you.

Government commissioner for corona approach

An intendant or government commissioner will be appointed to streamline the corona policy. For communication, the government will work with an external agency. The ambition is ‘a new contract with citizens and businesses’.

Extra effort for care jobs

The growth standard, the annual increase in the health budget, will be maintained at 2.5 percent. This should make it possible to reduce the patient bill. At the start of the legislature, extra resources are made available for the corona crisis and to make a job in healthcare attractive.

Fewer differences between employee, self-employed and civil servant

By the end of 2021, the government will formulate a proposal to converge the statutes of employee, self-employed and civil servants. ‘With respect for the acquired rights’, is still stated in the agreement.

Minimum pension of 1,500 euros net

The minimum pension is gradually increased to 1,500 euros net. For that amount a full career of 45 years is required. Those who work longer are entitled to more pension, is a general basic principle that will be used.

In the long term, only emission-free cars for sale

Not only must all new company cars be emission-free by 2026 (so no longer diesel or petrol, but electric, for example), in time the government wants all Belgian car sales to consist exclusively of zero-emission cars. ‘Provided that there are sufficient affordable cars on the market’, the agreement states. And also ‘taking into account the impact on the tax revenues for the government.’

Driver’s license with points

There will be a study to possibly introduce a driver’s license with points.

Transformation fund for recovery

The government is setting up a transformation fund that will invest in the new economy and ecological transition.

Family-friendly taxation

The government expresses its ambition to simplify personal income tax, whereby certain deductions will be phased out. Families receive extra tax support. For example, the tax credit for childcare is increased. Favorable tax regimes for professional sportsmen are being reformed.

Digitax for Google & co, minimum tax for multinationals

Belgium will advocate internationally for a minimum tax for multinationals and a digital tax for tech giants such as Google or Amazon. “An agreement at an international level is preferred.”

Nuclear exit

The coalition agreement reaffirms the exit from nuclear energy. Still, it could be that the nuclear power plants remain open longer than the current law on nuclear exit prescribes. If supply problems arise due to a lack of alternatives, the government says it will take ‘appropriate measures’.

Decision on abortion only by consensus

On issues such as abortion, the governing parties will not make separate legislative initiatives and will first seek mutual consensus.

Initiatives for Belgium 2.0

Two ministers are specifically charged with preparing state reform. There will also be initiatives to involve citizens more in policy, to ‘renew democracy’.

Fast track for petty crime

The fast-track procedure for offenses such as rioting, shoplifting, street crime will be strengthened.

July 11 paid holiday?

The federal states will be given the option of turning their public holiday into a paid public holiday. The federal government also wants to upgrade the national holiday to “a contemporary celebration with greater appeal.”

Source: BusinessAM





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