What were the methods adopted by Belgian leaders to accommodate diversity in Belgium?
THE Belgium leaders recognized the existence of regional differences and cultural diversities. Between 1970 andl993, the constitution was amended 4 times so as to work out an arrangement.
which would satisfy everybody. Following steps were taken:
- Equal number of ministers from both the groups : This was done to ensure that no single community can make decisions unilaterally.
- More powers to State Government : Under the new power sharing arrangement, many powers of the Central Government were given to State Governments to the regions of the country.
- Equal representation at State and Central level : A separate government was set up at Brussels where both communities have equal representation.
- Formation of Community Government: Apart from central and state government, a third form of government was formed which was elected by people belonging to one language community i.e. Dutch, French and German speaking - matter where they live. This government has the power to discuss educational, cultural and language related issues.