An amended version of the motion tabled by Ecolo-Groen aimed at authorizing the wearing of convictional symbols within the municipal administration of Anderlecht was approved this Thursday evening.
The motion tabled by Ecolo-Groen aimed at authorizing the wearing of convictional symbols within the municipal administration of Anderlecht was not approved in its initial version, during the municipal council which was held this Thursday evening. However, after heated debates, the amended version of the text – previously proposed by the PS-Vooruit-Engagés group – was approved.
The amended version proposed by these three formations intends to “favor the authorization of confessional signs of personnel in contact with the public, as long as this does not involve no notion of authority“, said the group leader, Lofti Mostefa (PS).
The amended version seeks to request “the assistance of the competent services of the Brussels region, so that they can organize the supervision of said authorization across all municipalities.”
Setting up training
This version also wishes to request “the help of the competent services of the Brussels region, so that they can organize the supervision of said authorization in all the municipalities”, indicated the mayor, Fabrice Cumps (PS). Furthermore, the amended motion intends set up training for municipal public service agents, and this “in order to facilitate the change that will take place within the administration”, underlined Mr. Mostefa.
After more than an hour and a half of thorny debates, the socialists voted in favor of the amended motion, just like the PTB. DéFI abstained, like the ecologists, while the N-VA voted against. Shortly before the start of the municipal council meeting, the Greens had placed on the table a final version of the text, slightly modifying the original.
The exception of sworn sanctioning officials
The new version thus proposed authorization for the wearing of convictional signs in municipal administration “with the exception of functions involving a notion of authority and being in contact with the public, such as sworn sanctioning officials“. With this authorization less “generalized” than in the initial motion, the ecologists hoped to take a step towards the line of the socialists.
The deadlines for applying the adopted text remain unclear and its outlines quite vague.
However, this “improvised” or “last minute” methodology as the socialist group leader Lofti Mostefa (PS) and municipal councilor Gilles Verstraeten (NVA) respectively described it during the council, does not seem to have pleased the Anderlecht college.
The mayor of Anderlecht also recalled that “Ecolo-Groen’s motion had not followed the procedures normally in forcein particular the prior consultation of trade union organizations”. The deadlines for application of the adopted text nevertheless remain unclear and its contours quite vague
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