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Vivant Leader Roland Duchâtelet Founded 1998 Ideology Social liberalism, Bilingualism International affiliation None European affiliation None European Parliament Group None Official colours Orange, Green Website http://www.vivant.org Politics of Belgium Political parties Elections Vivant is a small Belgian social liberal party founded by millionaire Roland Duchâtelet. In the regional elections in June 2004, the party formed a strategic alliance with the Flemish Liberals and Democrats or VLD. Both parties are founded on the principle of individualism and can be called liberal. In 2007, the party announced it would likely merge with the VLD. Vivant is economically liberal, advocating a basic income for all citizens. Vivant considers the basic income as an inalienable part of the legal minimum wage (approximately half of it for full time employment). In order to tax goods more evenly, where ever they are manufactured in order to respond to automatisation, globalization and an ageing population, Vivant proposes to shift taxes from labour to final consumption (All taxes in the chain of production are an inclusive part of the price paid by the consumers and could be considered as a consumption tax, each tax in each stage with his specific side effects.) Vivant also proposes a flat tax on income in two steps, 0% on to 1350 Euro and 50% from there. The VLD doesn't support all of these measures. Vivant also has direct democracy as one of its key points. In the regional elections of 2004, partner VLD lost heavily, dragging Vivant with it to third place among Flemish political parties. Although new interest for Vivant during the elections, the party remained a marginal force in Belgian politics. Vivant is particularly strong in the German-speaking community of Belgium, where it won 7.3% and two representatives in the Parliament of the German community. While vivant means "alive" or "lively" in French, as an acronym "VIVANT" stands for Voor Individuele Vrijheid en Arbeid in een Nieuwe Toekomst, ("for individual freedom and work in a new future") in Dutch. Elections Vivant first took part in the federal elections for the Belgian Senate and Chamber of Representatives in 1999, but obtained no seats. The 2003 elections were no different. In 2004 there were elections of the European Parliament and the Belgian regional parliaments, where Vivant took part in a list-cartel with the VLD, but no candidates of Vivant were elected. In 2006, Nele Lijnen became a co-opted member of the Senate. See also Liberalism Contributions to liberal theory Liberalism worldwide List of liberal parties Liberal democracy Liberalism in Belgium External links Vivant official site v · d · e Political parties in Belgium Flemish parties Christian Democratic and Flemish · Flemish Interest · Flemish Liberals and Democrats · Green! · Libertarian, Direct, Democratic · New Flemish Alliance · Socialist Party – Differently · VLOTT Francophone parties Ecolo · Humanist Democratic Centre · National Front · Reformist Movement (component parties: Citizens' Movement for Change · Francophone Democratic Federalists) · Socialist Party · Walloon Rally German parties Christian Social Party · Party for Freedom and Progress (component party of the francophone MR) · ProDG · Socialist Party (component party of the francophone PS) Pan-Belgian People's Party · Vivant · Belgian Union Portal:Politics - List of political parties - Politics of Belgium This article related to a European Liberal party is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e This article about a Belgian political party is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e