The downfall of the government up in Strasbourg feel. N-VA is his former coalition partners CD&V and Open VLD, because they are not on the red button pushed for a vote on ‘welvaartstoerisme’.
The European Parliament endorses a package that the various social security systems between the member states need to better coordinate. A part of this is that EU citizens are entitled …
The European Parliament endorses a package that the various social security systems between the member states need to better coordinate. A part of this is that EU citizens should be entitled to an unemployment allowance in another member state if they one day have worked.
The decision is not final and now that should the negotiations with the member states and the Commission to start.
Just as after the vote in the competent committee three weeks ago (DS, november 22nd), decries N-VA Mep Helga Stevens that ” the European Parliament has adopted a series of incentives for welvaartstoerisme approved. This brings the sustainability of our social security is in danger. December may be the month of Sinterklaas and santa Claus, of Europe would be bit more of a reality.”
What is new is that Stevens, and this time also the CD&V, Meps Guy Verhofstadt frontal attacks. ‘Ivo Belet and Tom Vandenkendelaere came no further than an abstention, despite the strong language of the minister of Work, Kris Peeters (CD&V) a few weeks ago. He defended as the principle that you first need to contribute for you are entitled to social rights. Open VLD responded just as sharply, but still was Guy Verhofstadt, the button is not in the mood. His voice was not recorded.’
Stevens concludes: ‘Stick to principles for the Marrakech-parties, apparently, very difficult.’
Vandenkendelaere remains the principle of the right to unemployment benefit after a one-day problem. ‘The situation in Belgium is special, since the unemployment benefits for us not to be limited in time.’ This is why in Belgium a period of three months. European Commissioner for Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen, CD&V – he initially also a term of three months.
The CD&V, Meps defend their abstention in the vote because the package also contains improvements. “There is a better control on fraud with foreign workers. Both employers and trade unions see bread in this review. That is why I wanted the negotiations to stop, ” says Vandenkendelaere. “If I were the signals from the states good to hear, seems to be the provision relating to the unemployment allowance in the final compromise will crumble.’
Helga Stevens hopes that the member states in the decisive negotiations ” their common sense will use their own social security, not on the slope. We are curious what is your opinion Kris Peeters will take.’ Peeters also calls for three months. But the chance is real that a compromise lands on a period that is shorter, because Belgium with his quarter of an exception is within the EU.