Filippo Orlando

I live in Sainte Catherine neighbourhood.

I was born and raised in Tuscany, Italy. 

I studied political sciences in Florence and European public policy in Paris and London. I came to Brussels as an intern in 2005 I fell in love with the city, which became ‘home’ and never left since! 

 

Today I am an account manager for an Economic consulting Belgian-multinational firm.

I am a member of  the Italian Democratic. 

More recently I decided to get engaged in Brussels’ politics. I think it is fundamental that all people in Brussels, also non-Belgians, take an interest and responsibility in the life of our town. 

My priorities for Brussels are: 

  • All Brussels schools should be the place where diversity, inclusion and living together are taught as core values. 

  • Multilingualism as a cultural identity should be enhanced, with the objective of trilingual proficiency (French, Dutch and English) at graduation for all students. This should be helped by the exchange of native-speaker teachers and the “immersion” method.

  • The multilingual approach should also become the norm in the organisation of the Brussels Administration. English should gradually find its place as a spoken language by the services of the commune, and all important information online and offline should be available in English. 

  • The city should promote a coherent action of Urban planning, setting rules for private enterprises to make sure each neighbourhood has the right mix of social housing, higher income units, green and public spaces, fully integrated in pleasant and quality projects. There is best practice in Europe where this is done, let’s study and apply it.

  • The security of fragile minorities must be guaranteed, by strengthening police presence in the streets to avoid harassment and assault.

  • To reach administrative simplification, the Commune can and must improve collaboration with the region, in all the competencies they share, even if it means to “send powers up to the next level” or not to intervene. 

  • Collaboration with the other 18 communes should be strongly pursued, to make responses coherent to one-another in a wider urban perspective and conceive more efficient and integrated administrative procedures, also by exchanging best practices.

  • This collaboration with the region and other municipalities should go hand in hand with a general and coordinated digitalisation of procedures and registers.

  • For a better Urban Planning we need a more transparent, competitive and inclusive process for public procurement, to attract the best competencies, talents and ensure the best quality/price. All projects, above a certain size, public or private, should be published on a single web-site from the very earliest stages.

  • More collaboration with the region to increase coherence, including regular cooperation with the “Maître Architecte” (a regional actor whose role is to ensure the quality of public projects).

  • The “pentagon” lacks green spaces, the city has to identify projects to create them in the centre.

  • The city has to protect better its heritage and urban fabric, by making an inventory of sites of interest, beyond the concept of “classified” buildings, limit the damages of private speculation and, in many cases, favour refurbishment and regeneration to demolition.