The City of Brussels is planning a budget of 2.7 million euros for the (electric) company cars of its aldermen and other general managers, for a period of 48 months. In the ranks of the PTB, in the opposition, such a “back-to-school gift” is castigated, while the competent alderman in the matter, Benoît Hellings, recalls that it is neither more nor less about social rights.
The City of Brussels announced Monday evening during the municipal council the budget planned for company cars for its aldermen, general managers and directors of satellite bodies (such as the CPAS or the Brussels kitchens, for example). This amounts to some 2.7 million euros for current leasing contracts from 2023 to the end of 2027. This potentially includes 24 electric cars, the price of which can go up to 115,000€ per car. .
“Indecent and irresponsible”
An announcement that made Mathilde El Bakri, head of the PTB group in the city of Brussels, come out of her hinges. For the elected representative on the left “it’s quite simply indecent and irresponsible when you know that Brussels households are crumbling under exploding energy bills, school fees for the return of children”, she castigates by way of communicated.
The Ecolo will give it up
“The majority imposes so-called appeased mobility plans which supposedly aim to reduce the car in town, but the aldermen pay themselves for 2.7 million euros in electric cars”, continues the municipal councilor. “Rather than spending this money for the comfort of the aldermen, the city can use it to support households in the midst of a purchasing power crisis”, concludes Mathilde El Bakri.
Questioned during the session, the competent alderman Benoît Hellings to recall that it is neither more nor less about social rights registered in the statutes of the civil servants. The ecologist also clarified that the rights holders could refuse this offer in kind. This will be particularly the case for the Ecolo. Thus, according to Benoît Hellings, not all of this budget should be used.
The municipal council of September 5, 2022 is to relive here. The sequence on company cars is around 1:15.
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