Raising accountability

Making federated entities accountable so that they are rewarded for good policy and penalised for bad policy. This was one of the N-VA’s demands during the governmental negotiations of 2010-2011 regarding the amendment of the Financing Law The Belgian Financing Law - officially the Special Financing Law of 16 January 1989 - establishes how money is distributed between the Federal State and the Regions and Communities in Belgium. The Di Rupo Government, which included Groen and Ecolo (the Dutch- and French-speaking Green parties), adapted the law based on the political agreement in the summer of 2013. This was done without consulting the regions. The revision results in the cash flows, which are linked to the transfer of powers, being less inflation-proof. In addition to this, extremely heavy efforts were imposed on the regions in order to help close the gap in the federal budget. Financing Law. Among other things, the N-VA wants significant fiscal autonomy for the federated entities and individual responsibility, specifically with regard to labour market policy, healthcare and child allowance.