Paul Magnette charges the clerk of the Walloon parliament and spares Marcourt

Paul Magnette charges the clerk of the Walloon parliament and spares Marcourt

According to the president of the PS, the parliamentarians did not close their eyes because of the influence of the clerk, but were simply deceived by his professional appearance.

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Lhe controversial trips made last year by the clerk of the Walloon parliament Frédéric Janssens, sometimes accompanied by its president Jean-Claude Marcourt, were the subject of a discussion, this Thursday, in the extended office of the assembly.


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Paul Magnette was a guest on the show Bonus Thursdayon the RTBF. The president of the socialist party spoke about these recent revelations, indicating: “Responsibilities are collective”. According to Paul Magnette, the responsibilities are shared and the problem is “general”. The president of the PS then called for stricter controls than those currently in force.

“Lamentable”

“The responsibilities are collective and that is obviously lamentable, there should have been much stronger control and transparency procedures from the start. But do the same exercise at other levels of power, and you will discover roughly the same figures, ”said Mr. Magnette on the set of “Thursday as a bonus” (RTBF).

According to Paul Magnette, parliamentarians did not turn a blind eye to the Clerk’s sway, but were simply deceived by his professional appearance. “He abused”, indicates the mayor of Charleroi. “He abused the trust that had been granted to him and that parliamentarians had in his professionalism”. The socialist then continued, charging the clerk but sparing Jean-Claude Marcourt, president of the Walloon parliament. “It’s not a question of man,” nuance Paul Magnette. “There is a collective responsibility,” he adds. Paul Magnette also considered that the latter had committed “no personal fault”. “Ignorance here is not a fault”. On the other hand, the clerk in question “abused the trust given” by granting himself “completely unacceptable” advantages. “We trusted too much in a man who gave all the appearance of rigor”.


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The president of the PS also raised the question of professional trips and their frequencies. “Do we have to travel so much? he wondered. According to him, these are reflections “sound on the environmental level but which also put a little ethics in public finances. »


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