Socialists willing to start negotiations on Flemish government

The Flemish socialist party Vooruit said on Wednesday that it was ready to start negotiations with Flemish nationalist party N-VA and Christian democrats CD&V on the formation of a Flemish government.

The three parties had already met on Friday to discuss the possibility of forming a government together. At that meeting, Vooruit and CD&V asked Flemish informateur Bart De Wever of the N-VA to write an initial note so they would have a clear idea of his plans.

For Vooruit in particular, the content of this note would be an important indicator of whether it might be able to work with the two right-wing parties.

De Wever presented his note to the two party leaders on Tuesday. For Vooruit leader Melissa Depraetere, it is "a clear signal that three parties are willing to negotiate for a warmer and more social Flanders in the coming months", she said on Wednesday. 

With the CD&V having previously given a broadly positive assessment of the note, the start of actual government negotiations now seems imminent. Whether they will be successful, however, remains to be seen.

"Only if we see this willingness reflected in the coalition agreement at the end of the negotiations will Vooruit join the Flemish government," Depraetere said, pointing out that the note also contained sections that "can never be included in a coalition agreement" for her party. 


#FlandersNewsService | Vooruit leader Melissa Depraetere © BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND

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