The beginning of the withdrawal of recognition by the executive power of Muslims in Belgium

Minister Vincent van Quekenborn announced on VRT radio his decision to initiate a procedure to withdraw recognition from the Executive Authority of Muslims in Belgium (EMB), explaining that this body, which is responsible for the Muslim community in the country , “can’t do it anymore”. ”. Be an interlocutor.

According to a State Security report that linked its president, Mohamed, to extremism a few months ago, “the electoral management body in particular is criticized for its lack of transparency as well as for its penetration of influences of foreign powers, in particular Turkish and Moroccan.

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For the Minister of Justice, the wait has been very long, which is why he has decided to initiate the procedure for the withdrawal of the official recognition of the Executive, which will also lead to the end of his subsidy by the state. The organization does not represent all Muslims in our country. We see an older generation that has lost touch with Muslim youth. Vincent van Quekenborn explained that this harms modern Islam.

However, the minister notes that federal entities can still recognize mosques on an individual basis. The EMB, which receives approximately €600,000 in annual grants for this purpose, will have the right to respond under this withdrawal procedure.

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