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.

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