Reform of the Senate: fresh start or step towards the end of bicameralism? - Belgian Constitutional Law Blog
See Dutch version below Benjamin Magnus & Pauline Verbiest (master students Advanced Study Constitutional Law, UGent), Jurgen Goossens (doctoral researcher, UGent) & Pieter Cannoot (academic assistant, UGent) Overview sixth state reform: part 3 of 6 “If the Senate wants to uphold its raison d’être, it should develop into an efficient consultation platform for the federated entities which solves institutional conflicts and prepares future steps in the reform of the Belgian (con)federal state.” The Belgian Senate looks completely different after the sixth state reform. The Butterfly Agreement of October 11, 2011 on the sixth state reform executed a reform of the bicameral system, whereby the Senate and its function were revised. From now on, the Senate is an assembly representing the interests of the federated entities on the federal level. An altered composition and more limited powers should enable the Senate to fulfill this new role as chamber of the federated entities. However, it remains to be seen how the new Senate will fulfill its (restricted) role. If the Senate wants to uphold its raison d’être, we believe it should develop into an efficient consultation platform for the federated entities which solves persisting disagreements between the Communities and Regions, and prepares future steps in the reform of the Belgian (con)federal state.
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