September 17, 2020
By 2026, all new company cars will have to be greenhouse gas-free, Vivaldi predicts.
According to the draft government agreement currently negotiated by the seven parties of Vivaldi (Cd & V, PS, sp.a, Open Vld, MR, Ecolo and Groen), which L’Echo was able to consult, the Federal wants, in agreement with the Regions, phase out the sale of cars equipped with combustion engines, provided that the supply of affordable vehicles is sufficient. And by 2026, all new company cars will have to be greenhouse gas-free, thus excluding diesel and gasoline. The note also plans to consider this possibility for public transport, taxis and shared vehicles., in consultation with the Regions.
No agreement on nuclear power
On the nuclear, On the other hand, there is no agreement yet. The note evokes a decrease in dependence on nuclear energy under the legislature, but there is not yet a consensus on this point.
Regarding the other subject that is teasing the parties around the table – the reform of abortion (abortion), in his home stretch in Parliament – Vivaldi decided to refer the matter to the House Justice Committee and to mandate an independent multidisciplinary scientific committee selected by the parties participating in the negotiation. The goal is to reach a consensus before being able to submit the project to a new vote.
In terms of institutional reforms, two ministers (one French speaker, one Dutch speaker) will be in charge of institutional reforms with the aim of launching a major democratic debate. Objective: to arrive at homogeneous skill packages, which means regionalizing some as well as refederalising others. The declaration of revision of the Constitution, traditionally deposited at the end of a legislature, will be at the beginning and the list of articles which can be revised will include the “195”, that is to say the one which precisely organizes the modification of the Constitution. . Translation : we open all the fields of the possible by leaving maximum leeway for future negotiations.
Relaunch and transition
A large chapter of the hundred-page note is devoted to the “relaunch and transition” : it is abouta “socio-economic recovery plan” to be implemented with the federated entities. Strengthening the solvency of companies in 2020 and 2021 will be a priority. The will is also to increase public investment to stimulate the economy. In terms of the budget, “a ten-year budgetary path” is on the program. From 2021, an “effort” of 0.1% of GDP per year will be required, increased by an annual effort varying from 0 to 0.5%, depending on the economy. To contain debt, given a possible rise in long-term interest rates, the sale of non-strategic assets and participations will be considered.