Public Events

Re-Bel's public events aim to publicize innovative reform proposals for Belgium's institutional structure and to foster open and well-informed discussion about them. The plan is to have two main public events each year. Upcoming events and information about registration are listed on this page. Past events and material from these events also remain accessible on this page.

Forthcoming events

To be announced soon.

If you'd like to be informed of future events, you can do so by contacting us.

Past Events

20 June 2019, 2-6pm
Are Belgium's institutions fit for the job of tackling poverty?

13 December 2018, 2-6pm
Mobility and urban development: all powers to the regions?

Keynote presentations by Isabelle Thomas, Stef Proost and Pierre Laconte. Discussion introduced by bouwmeesters Leo Van Broeck (Flanders) and Kristiaan Borret (Brussels).

21 June 2018, 2-6pm
Belgium, a utopia for our times ?

A critical discussion of a book published in June 2018: Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps (L’Académie en Poche), Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd (Polis), by Philippe VAN PARIJS. Presentations of the various chapters by members of the Re-Bel core group were followed by comments by outsiders and a response by the author. The event was coordinated by Paul DE GRAUWE.

14 December 2017, 2-6pm
Patriotism at the local, regional, national and European levels: Are they compatible? Are they necessary?

15 June 2017, 2-6pm
Integration policies in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels: are they different? And should they be?

16 June 2016, 2-6pm
Terrorism and Belgium's institutions / Belgium's regions going international: a fiasco?

18 June 2015, 2-6pm
The Future of Belgium's Press

June 2014
(Con)federalism: Cure or Curse?

December 2013
Corruption and regulation in today’s Belgium

June 2013
Diverging memories in Belgium. Is this so? If so, why? And is it a problem?

December 2012
Brussels, its communes and its hinterland

May 2012
The G1000, the European Citizens' initiative and the malaise of democracy

December 2011
Languages in the School Curriculum, and School Registration and Admission Policies

June 2011
Right-wing Flanders, left-wing Wallonia? Should the obligation to vote be abolished?

March 2011, First Re-Bel Noon Exchange
Reforming the Financing Law: how one tried, why one failed

December 2010
Belgium's Health Care System, and the Linguistic Territoriality Principle

June 2010
Educational Divergence, and Social Federalism

December 2009
Funding of the Regions and Communities, and the Federal Electoral District

April 2009
Inaugural Re-Bel Public Event

The Re-Bel initiative was publicly launched with a full-day event that took place on April 30th 2009 at the University Foundation. We are most grateful to all the speakers for having provided a rich and stimulating input, and to the numerous participants for having contributed to the friendly and fruitful character of the encounter, thereby setting the tone for subsequent events.

The full programme of the inaugural event remains accessible on the event's webpage.

Re-Bel E-books 2 and 3 include revised versions of the presentations at the afternoon session:
Does it make sense to regionalize labour market institutions?, edited by Bart Cockx and Bruno Van der Linden
Is democracy viable without a unified public opinion?, edited by Dave Sinardet and Marc Hooghe

Two more e-books on the themes of the morning session, including additional contributions, have also been published:
What does history teach us about the future of Belgium's institutions?, edited by Bruno De Wever
What does geography teach us about the future of Belgium's institutions?, edited by Jacques Thisse

Finally, the speech by Steven Vanackere, federal minister for institutional reform and deputy prime minister, can also be downloaded.