Belgium reaches a preliminary agreement to form a new federal government

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Sixteen months after the last legislative elections, held on May 26, 2019, Belgium is about to form new federal government. The seven matches negotiating the formation of the new coalition, called Vivaldi in honor of the four seasons of the Italian composer and made up of Flemish and French-speaking liberals, socialists and environmentalists, have closed this morning a preliminary agreement around a government program that, according to the Belgian press , will have flamenco liberal del Open-VLD Alexander De Croo (Vilvoorde, 1975) as the new prime minister.

The next step now will be for the two politicians who have acted as coformadores of the new ExecutiveThe Croo and the socialist Paul Magnette– inform the King of the Belgians this Wednesday morning of the outcome of the talks. Once the mission is accomplished, King Philip will have to appoint De Cro, as Prime Minister. Once this procedure has been completed, the seven parties will be able to complete the distribution of competences and portfolios between the different formations, which have been forced to step on the accelerator of the negotiation to conclude a pact before October 1, when the mandate of the minister in functions, Sophie Wilmès.

According to different Belgian media, the government agreement reached includes commitments to eliminate the nuclear power in 2025 although with the possibility of keeping two reactors in operation, a increase in minimum pensions, 2.3 billion more for social measures and 1 billion for security, justice and defense, as well as a great tax reform and one state reform which will be directed by a flamenco and a francophone and will have a consultation with citizens and experts.

The latest government coalition, led by the current President of the European Council Charles Michel, fell in December 2018 due to discrepancies on immigration with the Flemish nationalists. Since then the executive has been led in office by an ultra-minority coalition – with 38 of the 150 seats in the Chamber – led by the liberal franconon Sophie Wilmes, which at the end of March obtained special powers to adopt emergency measures and face the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. His mandate, however, was not renewed at the end of June, so the parties began to negotiate a new executive.

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