Belga Thu 15/09/2011 - 10:04The 8 parties negotiating a state reform have finally reached a first accord, on how the constituency of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde will be split. They also struck a deal on the three burgomasters of the Flemish municipalities around Brussels with language facilities. However, this being said, there is a still a long way to go for negotiators. The talks will continue this afternoon, with a number of things on the agenda like the transfers of powers to the regions and the financing laws.
The Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde constituency (BHV) has been a thorn in the eye of the Flemish parties for decades, as it allows voters living in the Flemish area around Brussels to vote for Francophone candidates in Brussels.