In De Kenners, Xavier Taveirne talks to Alain Courtois, first alderman in Brussels City for the MR. They talk about the Eurostadium of course, but also about the forthcoming municipal elections, in 2018. Courtois will head the MR list but he will call for a stop to pointless political quabbling.
Will the Northern periphery of Brussels get two, three, or even four new shopping centers? The Uplace file in Machelen is going nowhere fast, meaning that the Brussels Neo project and the Waterside project in Vilvoorde are likely to take advantage of that. Mayor of Vilvoorde Hans Bonte (SP.A) fears that the whole Northern periphery will suffer from that situation.
Volgens de Koning Boudewijnstichting telt ons land 1,2 miljoen vrijwilligers, mensen die zich inzetten in de jeugdbeweging, de sport of zelfs ziekenhuizen. Zoals Michèle Wilikens uit Evere. Zij werkt als vrijwilliger in het kinderziekenhuis van de VUB. Volgens haar willen nog veel meer mensen zich inzetten, maar weten ze gewoon de weg niet.
In De Kenners Jean-Paul Van Avermaet, chairman of Voka Metropolitan pleads for a constructive consultation process about the airport. “The meeting led by Primer Minister Michel is a first step in the right direction”, he says. Voka Metropolitan gathers Flemish employers in Brussels and the periphery. Jean-Paul Van Avermaet is also CEO of security company G4S.
This week, European president Donald Tusk said that Trump was a threat for Europe. And the US president only seems to be interested in England, after the Brexit. Will the West soon be split in two? We asked Mia Doornaert, expert in foreign politics and resident of Elsene.
In De kenners Brussels director Fien Troch tells us about her latest film “Home”. It's a hard film about a young man in conflict with his parents and with pretty much all of society. It's a timeless topic but beautifully shot, like a documentary.
On January 1st, Eén will show their latest Flemish fiction Beau séjour by Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns, two talented ladies from Brussels who've won lots of awards for their work. Both of them studied at Sint-Lukas in Brussels and started their TV career at tvbrussel. Since then, the sky is the limit.
In De Kenners Brussels MR Minister Didier Reynders criticises the Brussels government. He thinks Minister-president Rudi Vervoort is not present enough on the international stage and blames Pascal Smet for mobility problems in Brussels.
Klaus Van Isacker, BRUZZ's new editor-in-chief thinks a journalist can sometimes be a little rough in questioning what he's being told, certainly when it comes to the powers that be. He tells us where he would like to take BRUZZ in the future.
Kristiaan Borret, the city's chief architect has his opinion on the refitting of Havenlaan. But he also talks about the Citroën garage and the future regeneration of the Thurn & Taxis site. More in De Kenners with Robert Esselinckx.
Ethno marketer Rachid Lamrabat pleads for more bridges between people and cultures. But everyone needs to know where they stand. Lamrabat specialised in marketing for the Muslim community: it appears to be a multi-billion euros indistry. 'Diversity is a treasure', he says. 'But it's essential that we can and we dare name things as they are.'