The flemish minister of Culture Sven Gatz will find that a number of writers very cramped reacts to the appointment of Mia Doornaert as chairman of the Flemish Fund for the Arts. ‘The one time it is someone with a progressive profile, the other time someone with a conservative profile, ” he said Friday in The Morning.
The appointment of Mia Doornaert as chairman of the Flemish Literature Fund continues for the commotion concerns. After her nomination by the N-VA had author Bleri Lleshi her of ‘racist and islamophobic opinions’ accused, which Doornaert the author in Knack, a ‘marginal man’ called. By that statement called different authors Doornaert then again unfit for the job as chairman of the Flemish Fund for the Arts.
Doornaert apologized Thursday for that statement, but called the campaign also politically inspired.
In The Morning on Radio 1 responded to the Flemish minister of Culture Sven Gatz (Open VLD) on the whole commotion. “It is even what search for the new roles,” he said. ‘Mrs Doornaert has also as chairman the full right to freedom of expression. I think it is great that yesterday, apart from the propaganda, which I do not want to say her apologies offered. That testifies to a certain maturity. I am her grateful for it.’
‘Political appointments work well’
‘At the same time, a number of authors also accept that the chairman of the fund for the one time someone with a progressive profile, and the other time someone with a conservative profile. You don’t so cramped to do about it’, he continued, Gatz. ‘Also the previous boards of directors are always politically appointed.’
That one, by definition, says that someone with a rather conservative profile no president can be, I find a bit strange. I work as a minister along with who the president is. I like to and good cooperation with the previous chairman (Jos Geysels, ex-Agalev) and I am sure that the mrs Doornaert also make it.”
‘The chairman has only limited impact’
Gatz minimized it further, also the role of the president. “I think there is a very big hoopla is for an appointment that is but a limited impact. The president should be a strategic sounding board for the people who work there. It is an important feature, but not the main function.
Gatz: “The real work is done by the employees of the Fund and who do that very well. The president has an important function, but not the most important. A smaller number of members is politically appointed and, in addition, there are four independent directors. We hear in the field that that works well. So there is just less political control, instead of more.’