Brussels attacks: Prime Minister to meet victims

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The Prime Minister, Charles Michel, will soon receive a delegation of victims from the March 22nd Brussels attacks, in the presence of the Minister of Justice and the Health Minister.

He said this yesterday (Thursday) in the wake of a meeting of the parliamentary investigation commission on Wednesday.

Several victims, or those close to victims, of the March 22nd attacks, expressed their deep dismay upon how the Belgian authorities had provided assistance to them. They spoke of being cut adrift given how they had been treated.

The Prime Minister’s office explained, “We are well aware that none of this has happened in the ideal manner. After the attacks, we were in a situation we had never been in before and we will naturally learn lessons from this.”

Mr Michel wishes to hear all remarks and suggestions for how the process can be improved, should such a situation happen again.

The Prime Minister’s office did not wish to comment upon the case of the French citizen who only received a response from Mr Michel two months after writing to him. The same citizen had received a response from the French President just two days later.

The office added, “However, the Prime Minister has touched base with the victims after the Christmas holidays, reminding them of the decisions now made by the federal government and that the contact point remains operational.”

The contact point has received 700 telephone calls and some 1,500 letters.

The victims’ fund has already allocated 1 million euros for some 150 cases. Victims’ compensation is to range between 15,000 to 30,000 euros.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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