As I reported yesterday Barroso delivered his “rapped knuckles” admonishments to each of the 27 member states, which where Belgium is concerned, courtesy of Pressurop, has prompted the following to appear from Belgian daily De Standaard:
“Belgium escaped a fine for its excessively high deficit, but the Commission made some strict recommendations on May 29, notes Belgian daily De Standaard. Olli Rehn, the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, asked the Belgian government to slash an additional €3bn from its budget in 2014, to end early retirement and to stop automatically raising salaries to meet inflation. It also asked for the division of responsibility for public spending between the federal and regional authorities to be revised.
The EU wants to see the responsibilities, which are a source of conflict between linguistic communities [French and Dutch speaking], codified in the country’s new public finance legislation.”
And from Le Soir:
José Manuel Barroso – “Belgium: No fine, but a €1bn worth of savings to be made. And 30 more days of rain. Next!”
Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo – “These rainy days are awful.”
Born in 1958 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (at the time it was still a Belgian colony), Pierre Kroll initially studied environmental science and architecture before embarking on a career as a freelance cartoonist in 1985. Today, he is the resident cartoonist for both the daily Le Soir and the weeklyTélémoustique, and appears on RTBF‘s Sunday current affairs programme, which broadcasts live footage of his work as it is being drawn. He is also popular in France, where his cartoons often feature in Courrier International. In 1986, he was awarded the French Prix de l’humour vache (Caustic Humour Prize), and he won the Press Cartoon of Belgium award for best cartoonist in both 2006 and 2009.