One in three inhabitants of Brussels has no say in regional policy. The Brussels government wants this to change.
With the slogan “Live here. Speak, hear ”, it invites international residents to make themselves heard with the hashtag #BrusselsVoice.
State Secretary for European and International Relations, Pascal Smet (PS) recalls the cosmopolitan side of Brussels, with more than 180 nationalities. "For me and for the future of Brussels, it is essential to know what all these people think and to allow them to help shape our city. We want to hear from everyone because we are aware of the fact that all these international Brussels residents, 1 in 3 inhabitants of our city, are not allowed to vote in regional elections. ”
One in three residents of Brussels is of foreign nationality, and more than 20% are EU nationals. Commissioner.brussels (who maintains and develops direct relations between the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region) and the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region have therefore decided to launch Live here. Speak, hear. A pioneering project that will offer international residents a chance to share their ideas and be heard at regional level, by combining The Digital Participation Platform with interactive debates to find out what international Brussels residents really want.
After the summer, face-to-face sessions will also be organized to refine policy proposals and give international residents the opportunity to select their priorities.
Ideas will be grouped around 4 main themes:
- Welcoming newcomers,
- Political representation of International Brussels residents,
- The European quarter
- The fourth theme will be chosen by the international residents themselves.
Elements that will serve as the basis for the Manifesto of the Brussels International citizens & expats and political recommendations that will be presented to the Brussels Parliament in November.
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