On Friday March 20, 2020, from 5 to 7 pm Re-Bel organizes a debate at the University Foundation, entitled "Is a federal electoral constituency a solution for Belgium?"
It is our pleasure to invite you to our next public debate. It will take place on Friday 20 March from 5 to 7pm at the University Foundation (11 rue d’Egmontstraat, 1000 Brussels) and be devoted to the proposal of a federal electoral constituency Like our debate of 12 December on the proposal of a binary confederalism, it will be held in Dutch and French and moderated by Béatrice DELVAUX (Le Soir) and Karel VERHOEVEN (De Standaard). This time, the political personalities in charge of defending the proposal will be Alexander DE CROO (Open VLD) and Jean-Marc NOLLET (Ecolo). The academics in charge of challenging them will be Christian BEHRENDT (ULg) and Jeroen VAN NIEUWENHOVE (KU Leuven & Council of State). An exchange between the speakers will be followed by a debate with the public. As usual, prior registration is free of charge, but compulsory. Please register as soon as possible and no later than 15 March.
The proposal of a federal constituency has been actively discussed since it was launched, in February 2007, by the Pavia Group. It was the subject of a federal bicameral commission that published its report in April 2014. Many contributions, both for and against the proposal, can be found on the thoroughly renovated website of the Pavia Group.
In connection with two of our earlier debates, both a Dutch and a French version of N-VA’s Confederalism proposal can now be downloaded from our website. And so can the Dutch version of Philippe Van Parijs’s book, Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd, no longer available in print. The French version, Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps is still available from the publisher.
Last but not least, Re-Bel has decided to become active on social media. If you want to stay informed about Re-Bel-related news and activities, do "like" our Facebook page and "follow" our Twitter account.
It is only by really listening to one another and thinking together across the language border that we can hope to work out proposals that make sense in all components of our federation and thereby stand a chance of helping us forward. We shall be pleased to help disseminate information about any other initiative or contribution that rests on the same conviction.
Paul De Grauwe and Philippe Van Parijs, coordinators of the Re-Bel initiative