"It's unbelievable", "Few concrete things": the opposition criticizes Minister Verlinden's inaction following the July floods

“The apprenticeship commission you announced has still not been set up. It’s amazing, I don’t understand why it’s taking so long,” said Yngvild Ingels (N-VA). “What is your plan for preventing this kind of disaster?”, Added Nabil Boukili (PTB).

Annelies Verlinden disputed these accusations. “A first analysis of the functioning of the emergency services has taken place. And the crisis center is currently working on an in-depth debriefing. In the short term, the crisis center will publish an integrated report,” she promised.

Regarding civil security reform, the minister said that a first meeting of experts had taken place in December. “The final conclusions are expected in August and will be submitted to Parliament. Before that date, we will already be able to discuss the first results of this study.” Finally, concerning the apprenticeship commission, “I would have preferred things to be done more quickly,” she admitted. “But I respect the public procurement procedure. I hope to be able to award this contract in the short term to start this work and quickly end. The parliament will be involved and informed. A report will be presented in the next two.”

The answer did not convince the opposition deputies. “I will return to the province of Liège with a lot of statements and few concrete things”, notably regretted Vanessa Matz (cdH). There are things that can be done that should not wait for specifications. What will we do tomorrow or in a month if there is another climate catastrophe of this magnitude? “

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