Another step in the erosion of what once was a strong, stable and proud unitary Belgium: from October 1st on the Mayors are free to wear the traditional tricolore sash or opt for a Flemish sash instead. (In Belgium mayors do not wear silver or gold chains but a sash).
In the traditional tricolore sash there is already a subtle colour difference in the tassels: silver and white for the Dutch speaking part. Gold and read for the French speaking part:
Now the mayors are free to abstain from the tricolore sash (representing the national authority) and choose for a regional sash. Black and yellow for the Dutch speaking part, red and yellow for the French speaking part. It will look similar to the sashes of the schepenen/échevins
(Aldermen) but with more elaborate tassels. These are the current sashes for Aldermen:
I find it a pity. When you go to France, from Maubeuge in the North to Montpellier in the South, all the mayors wear the same sash. When you go to Italy, from Bergamo in the North to Gallipoli in the South, all the mayors wear the same sash.
In the Netherlands it would be the same effect like dropping the strict requirement that one side of the central medal at the obliged silver mayoral chain must depict the Arms of the Kingdom.