Forum co-hosts Belgian capital cities function

The Forum in partnership with the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels, recently held a half-day seminar on the finance and governance of capital cities.

The event was geared towards an academic audience and is based on the Forum’s recent publication titled the Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems.

Discussions were based on three main presentations by:

  • Rupak Chattopadhyay, the Forum’s Vice President, who presented a comparative overview of how different federations organize the governance of their capitals. Mr. Chattopadhyay co-edited the Forum’s capital cities book.
  • Caroline Van Wynsberghe, from the Catholic University of Louvain, who provided an overview of the Brussels case focusing particularly on the challenges emerging from the fragmentation of the metropolitan region, as well as tension arising from ethnic cleavages in Brussels.
  • François Vaillancourt from the Université de Montréal, who presented a discussion on the financial difficulties faced by capital cities, particularly as they relate to revenues lost through the cities’ inability to tax government-owned and foreign-owned diplomatic properties, as well as not being able to tax non-residents who work within the capital city. The latter problem is particularly acute for Brussels.

The event was held on June 14, 2010.

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