02 May, 2023

Mouvement Réformateur puts employment on the agenda

On 1 May, liberals from Mouvement Réformateur, one of ALDE Party’s members in Belgium, gathered for their annual event to highlight and show appreciation for workers. Ahead of federal elections in 2024, the party aims to implement labour market reforms to increase the country’s employment rate to 80% by 2023, while reducing employment costs, addressing labour shortages for in-demand sectors and ensuring opportunities for young people. To do this, party leader Georges-Louis Bouchez proposed new stimulus payments to incentivise employment in shortage sectors, while limiting unemployment benefits to two years to ensure a balanced budget.

In his keynote remarks, Bouchez highlighted the need for these reforms: “Faced with the mantra ‘taxes taxes taxes’, we answer ‘work work work’. It is through work that we will have quality public services, an effective police force and a well-funded justice system. There is no good society without work. Work that emancipates, that takes people into account, work that preserves health. There must be work! And this includes our local, regional and federal elected officials. We are all working actively for these reforms, right now, with you and for you. Be proud to be liberals!”

The event was attended by hundreds of party members, elected officials and liberal supporters, and included remarks from former Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès as well as Egbert Lachaert, leader of ALDE Party member Open VLD, the Belgian Dutch speaking liberal party.


Photo credit: MR - Mouvement Réformateur - Facebook

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