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The N-VA demands the strict application of language legislation in the Flemish Periphery
The Council of State has annulled the decision of former Flemish Minister for the Interior Liesbeth Homans (N-VA) on the establishment of a language register in the. In doing so, the Council states that facility municipalities may indeed include the language preference of their residents in a register. This ruling contradicts the historical interpretation of the facilities as a temporary transitional measure and is a direct consequence of the fateful decision to give the bilingual chamber of the Council of State jurisdiction in such cases.
“This ruling by the bilingual chamber of the Council of State is outrageous! We must therefore use all legal means to oppose this and permanently protect the Flemish character of the Periphery,” says Flemish MP Inez De Coninck.
The N-VA group in the Flemish Parliament is asking the Flemish Government to interpret the language legislation as restrictively as possible. We will continue to adhere to the Peeters and Keulen circulars and the Flemish interpretation of the language legislation. The N-VA will never go along with a weakening of the current provisions and will point this out to Minister Somers once again.
“Thewas established more than 50 years ago. Some French speakers still have difficulty accepting that they live in Dutch-speaking areas. The decision taken by the bilingual chamber of the Council of State is a consequence of the sixth state reform concluded by the Vivaldi parties. They have decided to give French-speaking councillors control over the six facility municipalities as if they were Brussels municipalities,” MP Kristien van Vaerenbergh says. “The N-VA has always opposed the establishment of this bilingual chamber with the sixth state reform. We do not accept that such political statements jeopardise language peace in this country.”