Belgian transport minister in row over 34-mile trip in private jet

Lydia Peeters, mobility minister in the Flemish regional government, admitted she had taken a press flight organised by the private jet company ASL Fly Executive. I therefore fully understood the criticism of last Tuesday’spress flight.” The minister had been attending an event to explain the Flemish government’s actions to help regional airports, such as Antwerp and Ostend, hit by the economic impact of coronavirus. The criticism recalls the outcry when the federal environment minister, Marie-Christine Marghem, took a private jet to a UN climate summit in 2018, but declined to sign Belgium up to a group of countries pledging to make deeper cuts in emissions.