09 Nov “We have to make young people believe in politics again”
Even in Belgian politics, the “next gen” is present. That is why the youngest minister of the new Flemish government, Benjamin Dalle, was invited to give his vision on the next generation during the gala dinner of LEADERS MEETING PARIS. Dalle clearly believes in this new generation. “They are the biggest capital of our capital”, says the Flemish Minister of Youth, Media and Brussels.
Benjamin Dalle sees the next generation as a dynamic and inclusive generation, with a sense of dialogue and a critical attitude to life. “The young generation challenges our politics with their attitude. Young people want answers and demand concrete actions. Change must become tangible. Politics must therefore listen to the younger generation. After all, today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders,” says Dalle. The Flemish minister therefore understands that young people are frustrated by the current political activities. “”The current political situation in our country is a disgrace to the entire political class”, Dalle critically notes, “Politics have to reinvent themselves. We need to invest in concrete solutions for concrete problems. The next generation must once again believe that politics can bring change.”
The new Minister of Youth is therefore determined that the new Flemish coalition agreement can provide an answer to the questions of the next generation. “As a government and as Flanders as a whole, we will have to write an appealing story that supports everyone and forgets no one. We have to work on an interactive story. As the Flemish government, we have to take our responsibilities in this area in order to be able to invest in the future,” he says. The Flemish minister therefore wants to encourage the next generation not only to make themselves heard on the streets, but also in politics.
“As a young minister, I want to bring a new voice to politics. We will have to tackle the challenges one by one and enter into dialogue with each other, across several political parties. The real challenge is to create a better, fairer society, where everyone is able to get to the start and no one is left behind.” The minister refers as an example to the story of the dancers from Sint-Jans Molenbeek Jeny and Anae, who even made it to the popular American talk show by Ellen DeGeneres. With their dance steps they melted the hearts of people all over the world and became – probably unconsciously – a symbol of an inclusive society. “Let’s follow their example,” Benjamin Dalle concludes.