On the 11th of May 2016, the Hindu Forum of Belgium met with Meyrem Almaci, the chairwomen of the Flemish Green Party. Meyrem Almaci was accompanied by Gijs Ory, a policy adviser for the Green Party. Volunteer Markus Fobelets was the representative on behalf of the Hindu Forum of Belgium.
It was a positive and constructive meeting. We talked about the Hindu Forum, what we do, how many members we have, how much Hindus there are, etc.. .
We also talked about the process of official recognition of Hinduism in Belgium and possible subsidies. Meyrem was aware that the official recognition of Hinduism in Belgium is still ongoing.
During the meeting Meyrem said it would be good that the Hindu Forum of Belgium get a temporary subsidy until the official recognition is completed. Then, the Hindu Forum could further enhance their services. This may speed up the recognition of Hinduism.
The Green Party proposed – in collaboration of the Hindu Forum- to submit an official question in the parliamentary commission of justice on the topic.
Furthermore, both Meyrem and Gijs said they would be most happy to work together on this topic in the future.
© photopraph: from archives; Hindu Forum volunteer Markus Fobelets with Meyrem Almaci, national chair of the green party, and Jo Fobelets, green party member in Leuven.