Politics: The two largest opposition parties in parliament have accused the coalition government of “dysfunction, blackmail and corruption” over the controversial national stadium and shopping mall development in Livange.
The DP and Dei Gréng made the charges during a joint press conference on Thursday morning. Claude Meisch, head of the DP in the Chamber of Deputies (photo, left), and his Déi Gréng counterpart François Bausch (photo, right) said that the government’s decision to back real estate developer Flavio Becca’s Wickrange proposal over rival Guy Rollinger’s plan was “not made in accordance with basic principles of transparency.”
Déi Gréng and DP claimed that Jeannot Krecké, the former LSAP economy minister, and Jean-Marie Halsdorf, the current CSV interior minister--with the support of the CSV prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker--pressured Rollinger into abandoning his proposal. The politicians are accused of threatening to block permits for future projects, to exclude Rollinger from public procurement contracts, and to not renew lines of credit with state-backed banks.
They allege the ministers resorted to these methods because Becca’s Wickrange project could not have been otherwise obstructed through normal administrative processes.
Meisch and Bausch claim that they will be able to produce evidence of these allegations in due course.
The opposition leaders also allege that Juncker has been inconsistent in his statements regarding Becca. The prime minister has repeatedly said that he did not know the real estate developer before Becca became involved in the Schleck brothers’ cycling team. However Bausch and Meisch pointed to several prior meetings between the men that Juncker has acknowledged on separate occasions.
The parties demanded an immediate opening of a parliamentary inquiry, even though last week Juncker said the government would give a “detailed report” on the matter to the chamber of June 13.