Sp.a is postponing its official name change to the new name FORWARD until early next year. The reason for the postponement is the current corona measures in our country.
When sp.a chairman Conner Rousseau announced the new name of the Flemish socialists in September, it caused some criticism. FORWARD had to transform the party into a completely new, contemporary movement.
However, the Ghent arts center Vooruit was much less set up with the new name. “Vooruit is developing a program on the performing arts, music, literature and nightlife and does this independently of party politics and in complete independence”, they said at the time.
At the moment there are still mediation discussions between the Vooruit and the sp.a. It is not entirely clear what exactly both parties want to achieve with this. Party spokesman Niels Pattyn emphasizes to HLN that the name change will come anyway.
But that will only be early next year at the earliest. According to Pattyn, the party has decided to postpone the name change “because of the current corona measures”.