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Antwerp considers fast-track registration – for a price

12:38 01/08/2013

The city of Antwerp is considering the creation of a ‘fast-track’ registration system for foreigners who pay more. "We are aiming the scheme in particular at foreigners who work," deputy mayor Liesbeth Homans, of the N-VA party, told De Morgen. Antwerp city council decided back in February to impose a one-off payment of €250 to any foreigner wishing to register at the local town hall. The decision was subsequently suspended by the governor of Antwerp province, Cathy Berx, because it contravened a law of 1968. "This is a sensitive issue but I now want to put forward alternative sysems. We have little money and need to generate revenue," said Homans. She compared the fast-track registration for foreigners to the emergency procedure already in place for the issue of passports. "It's the same principle - although I must admit that this fast-track registration procedure would be specifically aimed at foreigners who [contribute] actively to the city, such as those who work for BASF or Bayer. Who could oppose such a scheme?" The cost of the fast-track procedure is not yet known;  Homans, however, thinks it shouldn’t be more expensive than the emergency passport scheme, which currently costs €277.50.

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Passive energy

When applied to EU citizens and not to Belgian citizens, this is an outright discrimination of EU citizens, and thus illegal by European law.

Are there now criminal minds inside the Antwerp townhall?

Aug 1, 2013 16:11