Vivaldi parties agree on a coalition agreement, not yet on ministerial posts

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After an all-night marathon meeting, the seven Vivaldi parties have reached an agreement on a new coalition agreement. The party chairmen are still discussing the distribution of ministerial posts.

The final consultation lasted more than 21 hours, but the liberals, socialists, greens and CD&V managed to reach a substantive agreement after a night of negotiations. The remaining bottlenecks appeared to have been cleared up around six in the morning.

Formateurs Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) and Paul Magnette (PS) now sit with the seven party chairmen on the prime minister and minister posts. De Croo seems to have the best cards for the premiership.

Of the 3.2 billion euros, 2.3 billion goes to social policy. For example, the aim is for the minimum pensions to rise to 1,500 euros net by the end of the legislature. In addition to the wealth envelope and indexation, 1.2 billion euros has been made available for this.

For families with children, there will be a helping hand because childcare is made cheaper through tax means. People with disabilities who decide to start living together will see their benefits fall less than it is now.

Digitaks en drinking lasting

The remaining billion euros in new policy is used for investments in the judiciary and police. The Vivaldi parties believe that the security departments have received too little money in recent years and want to rectify this.

A series of new measures have been developed to finance the new policy. This includes a digital tax for large internet companies and a minimum tax. Stepping up the fight against tax and social fraud should generate money, as well as implementing a tax reform by 2024 and ending tax regularization.

New investments

In addition to the 3.2 billion euros in new policy, there will also be a billion euros in new investments. That money will mainly go to the railways and to the digitization of the government, again focusing mainly on the judiciary and the police.

A transformation fund will be set up to bring the economy, which was hit hard by the corona crisis, out of the doldrums. The VAT rate on demolition and renovation will be 6 percent everywhere.

Driver’s license with points

Current policy will be continued in the field of asylum and migration. Efforts will be made to make return policy more efficient, as it now often proves difficult to expel people from the country. Transmigrants, people who are illegally staying in our country trying to get to the UK, will be dealt with more severely.

For the judiciary, work is being done on faster procedures, for example for shoplifting, to prevent recidivism. There will be a driver’s license with points for those who have repeatedly committed serious traffic offenses.

Nuclear trip and company cars

There was already clarity about other elements of the coalition agreement, such as the nuclear exit. The intention is that it will come in 2025, although the door to keeping two reactors open longer is still ajar. The final decision will be made in 2021. It has also been determined that new company cars must be emission-free from 2026.

Initially, the negotiators hoped to be able to land late at night, but eventually it became night work. The seven parties spent longer than thought on the institutional. CD&V wanted guarantees for a new state reform and demanded, among other things, that Article 35 of the constitution would be opened, thus opening the door to confederalism. However, that would not have worked.

Party conventions

“I am pleased that we were able to create a program with the seven partners that I think is a center program,” said CD&V leader Servais Verherstraeten in front of the cameras of the VRT and VTM. ‘It has an eye for those who have a hard time, especially because of corona, and at the same time is business-friendly.

The coalition agreement will be explained later today. On Wednesday evening, the Vivaldi parties organize conferences, where their supporters must give the green light. We are especially looking forward to the CD&V conference, because some of the supporters have doubts about Vivaldi.





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