The city is a laboratory, a breeding ground for the future. Brussels needs to foster creativity and experimentation, providing spaces to play, practise sports and learn new skills.
Our Brussels Region gives opportunities to children; it gives parents and children the possibility to take on their responsibilities. Our Brussels Region supports them to break away from poverty.
Well-designed public spaces contribute to a more livable city. Squares and parks should oxygenate Brussels.
Brussels is to be enjoyed by tram, on foot, by bike, ... while meeting other people. This calls for public transport and spatial planning that strike a balance between meeting others and just passing by.
My vision on Culture, Youth and Sports
Culture is synonymous with encounter: the meeting of minds, ideas, identities, (artistic) forms. Culture, life and policy making are closely intertwined. Culture has both a personal and social dimension, as well as a professional and social impact. This may generate a clash between tradition and innovation, between languages and cultures. We want to stimulate all forms of cultural encounters and have as many people as possible participating in this meeting of the minds, in particular by promoting volunteer associations. We want to be a partner in a “Cultural Summer of Brussels”, uniting all cultural institutions and actors. They will open their doors and conquer public space. Brussels will be the place-to-be for a cultural holiday. We aim for maximum participation and access for all. Hence, we will soon assess whether “Paspartoe” (pass for cultural and leisure activities) reaches its intended target group, i.e. those fellow-citizens facing (financial and cultural) barriers that hamper their participation.
Brussels' children and youngsters deserve room to play and space for self-development and socialization. They grow up in very diverse environments. Our youth policy aims at empowering children and teenagers and invite them to be involved in youth policy. To this end, we stimulate their creativity and teach them how to cope with their multilingual context with an open mind, by searching ways to reinforce the Dutch language in their habitat. Youth associations deserve their very own place under the sun. Such a dedicated infrastructure provides autonomy and stability. Stability and extension are the corner stones of our youth infrastructure action plan. We commit to building at least one permanent youth club and a party hall in the so-called “pentagon” (historic city centre). Preferably, this will be an urban youth centre: a place to party and to dive into metropolitan youth culture. In the years to come we will start a youth fund to encourage young people to take initiatives and put their dreams into reality. We want continued logistical support for starting municipal youth councils and will work towards establishing an autonomous Brussels metropolitan youth council.
Sports is an indicator for quality of life. From a health perspective, investments in sports yield a huge ROI. The untapped potential for integration and inter-cultural processes is very promising. An integrated sports policy is situated at the crossroads of education, social welfare and culture. A social sports policy offers the widest possible opportunities to practise sports. Therefore, I support sports clubs and cooperation between municipalities. More high quality, affordable sports infrastructure and a database including French-speaking sports teachers as well as their colleagues speaking other languages.