Federal minister sued by bus company De Lijn
Flemish bus company De Lijn is about to sue the federal minister for social security Maggie De Block (Open Vld) because the company wants to pay a lower contribution for the social security of its employees.
18 million euro a year
Two years ago the federal government made a tax shift which stipulated that the contribution for the social security for private companies should drop from 33% tot 25%. This new rule is applied to other transport companies such as TEC and MIVB but not for De Lijn. So the company looses 18 million euro a year. An amount that could make a big difference for the bus company.
Federal minister for social security Maggie De Block (Open Vld) argues it is only normal De Lijn can’t benefit from the tax shift because it is a public company. When De Lijn was founded the company chose for a public structure because that way they could make benefit from a more interesting public insurance. Other transport companies (TEC, MIVB) made the choice for a private structure and private insurance.
Another federal fight
Ben Weyts, Flemish minister for mobility, supports the demand of De Lijn and that way another federal fight is being started. As a political compromise is not possible, this matter will be taken to court and it will take a lot of time before things will be settled.