Walloon minister is moving on after ‘Publifin affair’

Walloon minister is moving on after ‘Publifin affair’

The Walloon minister Paul Furlan has resigned. The politician from the i Socialiste has been recently discredited because he, along with a number of other ministers generous fees would have cashed in, without labor.

The resignation is accepted by Furlan’s party chairman and prime minister Paul Magnette. “I stand straight in my shoes, but can not in a serene way more work,” said Furlan in a press conference.

The affair revolves around the so-called intermunicipal Publifin in the Liège region. In that public company are more energy-, waste-, pension – and media corporations to be found. Last month, I found that politicians in a kind of spookadviesraden strong presentievergoedingen disclosed, while they are not present need to have. In Belgian media fell the word its gangster activity.

“I am not Calimero and go so do not complain,” says Furlan. “I have my fate still in own hands. Life is more than a offered a ministerial appointment,” said the 54-year-old politician who returns as a Walloon member of parliament and mayor of Thuin.

The Walloon socialist party announced earlier this week the measures against the shadowy practices. Previously got all of a few officials. In Wallonia mighty PS announced by the mouth of president Elio Di Rupo earlier this week the measures against the shadowy practices.


Prime minister Magnette, announced Thursday an administrative and ethical “revolution”. Many advisory functions are shut down and fees are reduced or abolished. It is also now public who how many will get paid.

In the aftermath of Furlans dismissal, the PS-directors of Publifin to to steps. Did their christian democratic colleagues that already.

The spider in the web of the Publifin-tangle is Stéphane Moreau, who is compared to the Italian mediamagnaat Silvio Berlusconi. Moreau is mayor chief of Nethys, the operational branch of Publifin. He must make a choice between the two functions, but due to heart problems from the running.

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