Belgian expats dual nationality deal

PT       2003-08-25 
Belgian expats have welcomed a government proposal to allow for the application of dual nationality without losing Belgian nationality.
The Walloon Liberal MR party and Christian Democrats want to make it possible for Belgians to acquire a second passport, without losing that of their country of origin.
Currently, if a Belgian opts for a foreign nationality after several years residence in a foreign country, he or she will automatically lose their right to Belgian nationality.
Flamish expatriate association, Flemish Abroad (VIW) reacted positively to the proposal, saying it would be a welcome change for practical, economic, but also emotional reasons.
“The link with the old country is still very strong in the hearts and minds of people,” noted a VIW statement.