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CD&V leader Koen Van den Heuvel following Joke Schauvliege as Flemish minister
Flemish leader for CD&V Koen Van den Heuvel following Joke Schauvliege on as minister of Agriculture, Nature and the Environment. Schauvliege took yesterday resigned after unfortunate statements about the klimaatmarsen of the last few weeks.

Van den Heuvel (54) participates since 2004 in the Flemish parliament and is specialized in finance, budget, innovation and work. Since 2012 he is chairman of CD&V. He is also, since 1997, mayor of Puurs, today the new municipality Puurs Sint-Amands. He will make his sash now (temporarily) have to put that to the Flemish minister.

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“It is an honor to minister to, unfortunately, is that in less easy circumstances happened. I want to Joke sincerely thank you for all the work of the past year”, said Van den Heuvel in his performance. He was, according to party chairman Wouter Beke “unanimously” nominated by the group to Schauvliege to follow. the

“Collaboration is for me the keyword is” announced Van den Heuvel. “There is no farmer who is not worried with the environment, there is no nature lover who jobs was not important. I want them all behind me, and I am convinced that we all together and. The support is there and growing every week, but about the road towards it has the discussion fully engaged. My job is to get that support to work together with everyone. There are clear and reasonable choices, ambitious, social and affordable.”

Flemish climate plan to run

Van den Heuvel will also continue to work on the implementation of the Flemish climate plan. “I will fully engage, and my colleagues from Housing, Energy and Mobility behind the feathers. This is a general policy and must be fed.”

He also wants to take steps in the important files that are still on the table, but not permitted under zoning regulations forests and the betonstop. “Here, too, I am counting on the colleagues of the other parties. There is but one answer, together, we must rise to the challenge. It was not my ultimate dream to three months before the elections another minister, but I do have a lot of desire to fly.”

Van den Heuvel explained to 14 hours, take an oath in the Flemish parliament.

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