Debate Intensifies: Willy Borsus Advocates for Popular Consultation on Wind Power

Sarhan Basem
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Brussels (Brussels Morning – April 15, 2024) Walloon vice-president and Minister of the Economy, Willy Borsus, expressed his support for organizing a popular consultation on wind power during his recent appearance on 7:50 a.m. with Martin Buxant. Borsus emphasized the importance of engaging the public in decisions regarding the future of renewable energy, particularly wind farms in the southern region of the country.

Is Increased Transparency the Key?

As the discourse surrounding the future of wind power gains momentum, Willy Borsus, the Walloon minister, underscores the necessity of transparency and citizen involvement in the decision-making process. Borsus highlights, “If we fail to re-embark the population, we are facing serious difficulties.” He advocates for posing a crucial question to the public, stating, “Are we ready to welcome in the future, not only the 216 wind turbines planned, but also a certain number later?” This proposed popular consultation seeks to gauge the populace’s readiness to embrace new wind farms while emphasizing the importance of diversifying renewable energy sources.

Structuring the Path Forward

Willy Borsus emphasizes the need for a structured approach to engaging citizens in the discussion on wind power. He underscores the significance of reevaluating the energy mix by prioritizing alternative renewable sectors like photovoltaics on industrial zones and rooftops. Borsus asserts, “Turning to people and asking their opinions always seems to me to be a good idea,” echoing his belief in the value of citizen participation in shaping sustainable energy policies.

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Sarhan Basem is Brussels Morning's Senior Correspondent to the European Parliament. With a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, Sarhan brings a unique blend of linguistic finesse and analytical prowess to his reporting. Specializing in foreign affairs, human rights, civil liberties, and security issues, he delves deep into the intricacies of global politics to provide insightful commentary and in-depth coverage. Beyond the world of journalism, Sarhan is an avid traveler, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and enjoys unwinding with a good book or indulging in outdoor adventures whenever possible.