Belgium’s Transport Minister resigns
The Belgium Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant has resigned following accusations of security lapses prior to the March terrorist attacks in Brussels. She is the first government official to leave in the wake of the March 22 bombings at Brussels Airport in Zaventem and the Maelbeek subway station in which 32 people were killed and more than 300 were injured.
Galant said she never saw a confidential 2015 European Union (EU) report, leaked by opposition parties, showing security lapses at Belgian airports and warning that the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, an agency of the Transport Ministry, was not adequately conducting inspections and checks.
Prime Minister Charles Michel had defended Galant, but said her resignation was appropriate because her office failed to inform him of the EU report. Michel said the government has commissioned an analysis of how the report was handled by the Belgian government officials after it was received.