The government gives birth to a painful deal: here's what will change

The government has come to an agreement. Alexander De Croo outlined the main lines and reforms of his legislature.

Alexander De Croo and his colleagues from Vivaldi show a small look this morning at the bunker at 16 rue de la Loi, between exhaustion and relief. After a sleepless night, cries, interruptions to the session, the departure of Sophie Wilmès at three o’clock in the morning, the last-minute turnaround by Pierre-Yves Dermagne, the Prime Minister managed to tie up a budget for 2022 in extremis , labor market reform, stimulus and measures to combat rising energy prices. The main lines of this legislature have finally been drawn (see boxes).

An effort of € 2.4 billion in total savings will be made in 2022, i.e. 1.4 billion more than the minimum forecast for the government agreement. “It is a considerable effort: we must revive the economy and embark on a path”, summarizes the Prime Minister.

There will also be investments, with a clear focus on the energy transition and the climate. Another 1.2 billion euros (already announced) will also be invested in healthcare next year. The whole thing, we hear, will only hold up if the economic upturn continues. “There is a real gap between the overbidding of promises for a year and reality“, noted the head of the CDH group in the Chamber, Catherine Fonck. La Vivaldi, it is true, is somewhat the victim of the escalation of proposals which has accompanied the budget negotiations in recent days, especially on the socialist side, but the liberals , environmentalists and the CD&V also lent themselves to the exercise.

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