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Brussels Minister

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Well-designed public spaces contribute to a more livable city. Squares and parks should oxygenate Brussels.

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  • 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.

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My vision on Familiy Policy and Assistance to the Individuals

As a GGC/CoCoM College Member I focus on poverty reduction and social care. Our fight against poverty can only succeed with a joint centralised strategy that includes all residents, without any restrictions. The OCMW/CPAS play a central role in fighting poverty and will be supported by soon to be developed debt mediation services and social coordination of the local care providers, within a client-centred network. Moreover, I want to give homeless people decent shelter combined with adequate pathways towards reintegration into society. I aim for a highly simplified family benefits scheme whereby every child is given the same lump sum amount. In parallel, the social benefits for families living on a modest income will be increased. The local healthcare centres in Brussels should be actively promoted. Primary care provided by GP's and 7/7 health centres should be strengthened. The IRIS hospitals will merge into one large public hospital, as this is the only viable formula that guarantees strong social health care. As the number of people aged 80 and above is increasing, we will establish an action plan for the ageing, with a strong focus on affordable care. We want to introduce financial incentives for the elderly to adapt their homes (bathroom, elevator, home automation systems, …). Many individuals in need of day care prefer to stay in their familiar home, to maintain their autonomy and quality of life. To meet their needs, ambulatory care services and in particular home care facilities should be extended and promoted. New forms of housing will also be encouraged.