Re-Bel's next public event, "Mobility and urban development: all powers to the regions?", takes place on December 13 2018. Find out more and register

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

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

Our following public event will take place on Thursday 13 December 2018 and be devoted to the question “Mobility and urban development: all powers to the regions?".

20 June 2019, 2-6pm

We are intending to devote our first public event in 2019 to "Minimum income and child benefits: Anti-poverty policy in Belgium’s three Regions" (coordination: Bea CANTILLON & François MANIQUET).

If you'd like to be kept informed of our future events, you can register for updates here.

Past Events

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

Our next public event will be devoted to a critical discussion of a new book to be published in June: Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps (L’Académie en Poche), Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd (Polis), by Philippe VAN PARIJS. The event will take place on Thursday 21 June 2018, 2-6 pm, at the University Foundation. Critical presentations of the various chapters by members of the Re-Bel core group will be followed by comments by outsiders and a response by the author. The event is being coordinated by Paul DE GRAUWE. More details and an invitation to register will be sent in due course.

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.