Offside: Off the rails
The federal mobility ministry recently made a sizeable mistake in its spending cut calculations
In the end, it didn’t get worse and now even feels a whole lot better. Last weekend the papers published a correction: Those savings would not after all amount to €2.1 billion, but only €663 million. Somewhere along the line, things had got confused, and you know how it is, €1,473,000 give or take, it’s a mistake anyone could make.
“We got it wrong,” a spokesperson for the cabinet of federal mobility minister Jacqueline Galant admitted. “How the mistake happened, we don’t know. There may have been some confusion with the debt of infrastructure agency Infrabel. That happens to amount to €2.1 billion.”
Sighs of relief are being heard from rail users – and that’s the most brilliant part of the whole story. We can now be thankful for €663 million of spending cuts, as if we’d put on an old jacket and found a tenner in the pocket. Had that been the original news, of course, it would still have been shocking. It’s so brilliant, it’s a wonder nobody thought of it before.
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