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Sander Loones to Europe for the N-VA
Sander Loones has been officially appointed as a Member of the European Parliament for the N-VA. He is replacing Johan Van Overtveldt, who has become Minister of Finances in the new federal government. Sander Loones wants to anchor the line that has been set out by the new Flemish and federal government in Europe as well. “That means: intelligent cutbacks and structural reforms in order to grow more strongly. This is the only way we can secure our welfare and our social model.”
Sander Loones (35) is the son of former N-VA Member of Parliament Jan Loones. He studied law at the KU Leuven before starting work at the research department of the federal Immigration Service, where he focused on asylum and migration policy. After a stint as consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he joined the N-VA.
As coordinator of the N-VA research department, Sander Loones was one of the driving forces behind the preparations for the content of the historicalconference and the electoral campaign of 2014. In the federal governmental negotiations, he supported the N-VA negotiators behind the screens with technical advice.
As a European Fleming, Sander Loones opts for a Eurorealist story with a Europe that is strong where needed. The European Union is being confronted by extremely major challenges: “The economic structures of various EU Member States have greatly exceeded their shelf-life. We must have the courage to opt for less waste and consequently for a stricter system that emphasises the recovery of , investments that create jobs, and real structural measures. And to do so without raising taxes.”
“Only when every citizen and every government take up their responsibility can we make real structural changes. Among other things that means that every Member State actually implements the recommendations made by and with the EU. The time for delays and cancellations belongs to the past,” Sander Loones concludes.