CD&V warns Demir: ‘No witch hunt on farmers’

The fact that Minister of the Environment Zuhal Demir has Boerenbond’s lobbies about the investigated red agricultural companies seems to be a new declaration of war against the Flemish coalition partner CD&V. “All I really hope is that it is not the intention to start a witch hunt against our farmers,” said CD & V’s future chairman Sammy Mahdi.

Once again, the coalition partners in the Flemish government fell out of the blue when Minister of the Environment Zuhal Demir (N-VA) announced in the Flemish parliament on Tuesday that she will ask Revision Flanders to conduct an investigation into Boerenbond’s lobbying activities by e.g. The Danish Agency for Forestry and Nature. .

According to Demir, 25 farms on the red list, which must close their doors as peak loaders of nitrogen in 2025, after contacts between the administration and Boerenbond still received positive advice on permitting. This is the period when Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) was the competent minister. In her department, there was a collaboration with Boerenbond, which led to decisions ‘that were not justifiable’, it is whispered in N-VA circles.

The essence

  • The fact that the leading lady in the N-VA, Zuhal Demir, is in the process of investigating Boerenbond’s lobbying activities around the red agricultural companies, seems to be a new declaration of war against the coalition partner CD&V.
  • Future CD & V chairman Sammy Mahdi warns that food security should not be compromised.
  • Open VLD condemns that Demir is all too easily trying to dismiss the mistakes that may have been made in the journal of the red agricultural companies.

Operandy mode

Demir follows the same modus operandi as when the pfos scandal broke out. To keep herself out of harm’s way, she draws a line between herself and the past. Thus, she hurts her own Flemish coalition again, because her demarche seems to correspond to a declaration of war against Boerenbond and CD&V, which after the Flemish change of minister will more than ever play Boerenbonden’s cards again.

From the opposition, Groen and Vooruit are following with great interest how the Flemish government will overcome this storm. They support Demir. “If there have been irregularities, it is not serious that a limited number of farms can go under the radar through lobbying, which an administration is not normally allowed to admit,” says Groen.



If there have been irregularities, then it is not serious that a limited number of holdings can go under the radar through lobbying, which an administration is not normally allowed to admit.

There is already a lot of toothpick, not least at CD&V. Demir’s action is seen as very selective. There is nothing wrong with contacts between the administration and the business community, trade unions and citizens, but because it is about Boerenbond, it is in principle attacked, says a CD & V leader. At the same time, Demir seems to be throwing her administration under the bus again, as she also did with OVAM in the pfos scandal.

food security

According to Sammy Mahdi, the future chairman of CD&V, it is never wrong to investigate, even if farmers protest against ‘possibly arbitrary decisions’. “As long as we go after the rule of law, there should be no tension,” he says.

He immediately warns N-VA. “The only thing I really hope is that we do not intend to start a witch hunt against our farmers. We need our agriculture, otherwise our food security will be compromised. In the coming decades, I would rather buy Flemish than Chinese bread, cheese, vegetables or meat. The saga with the mouth masks has shown enough that we just have to strengthen our agriculture here, with respect for nature, “he says.



In the coming decades, I would rather buy Flemish than Chinese bread, cheese, vegetables and meat.

Sammy Mahdi

Candidate Chairman CD&V

The Liberal coalition partner also believes that Demir is trying to blame the lobbyists and Boerenbond for the mistakes that may have been made around red farms. Demir thus declares war on former CD & V ministers and hurts the CD & V, because with Jo Brown’s arrival as Minister of Agriculture, it is expected that things can return to what they used to be.

The fact that the bond between CD&V and Boerenbond may have been too close in the past does not mean that Boerenbond must not defend the interests of certain companies, the liberals believe. We must now wait and see what the audit learns, to circumvent the rules is something other than representing interests.

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