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Brussels Minister

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

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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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  • 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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My vision on Public Works

After the decline of their industrial function, cities across the world are confronted with urban exodus. To counter this phenomenon, they seek solutions in the field of urban development. The same applies to Brussels. I believe in the power of spontaneous encounters, therefore I will create public places that foster constant coming and going, mixing and exchanging. This requires a spatial planning that takes into account how people live, interact and mingle. This also requires an architecture that is capable of absorbing sudden demographic changes and supports diversity. Our Brussels will be the capital of beautiful piazzas, dozens of Flagey squares, large pavements, underground car parks, safe cycle paths. Our Brussels focusses on architectural innovation. No trite, soul-less buildings for us!

As the Minister of Public Works, I will turn the Canal Zone into the very backbone of our city. I want to suppress the current no man's land situated in the southern part of town and replace it by a link between Gare du Midi and Avenue Stalingrad. I want Brussels to be the greenest city, thanks to new parks, a.o. near Porte de Ninove and Gare de l’Ouest/Weststation. In ten new districts, I will start as many ambitious innovation processes. With my lights plan I will rationalise energy consumption and make the city and its buildings more appealing. Centralized urban development policy and city planning, together with lean procedures and incentives, simplify and speed up design and refurbishment of public space.