Brussels attacks: Belgian transport minister resigns over airport security

 
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Galant failed to heed advice, according to reports (Source: Getty)

The Belgian transport minister has resigned after claims she lied about an EU report that was critical of security at Brussels airport before the attacks last month.

Local media said that Prime Minister Charles Michel had accepted the resignation of Jacqueline Galant, after having defended her.

Michel had said that Galant was not aware of the critical report sent by EU officials a year ago.

The resignation comes after Zaventem airport and Molenbeek metro station was hit by the Islamic State, leaving over 30 people dead and many more injured.

Galant had faced allegations she failed to heed warnings from her own civil servants.

On Wednesday Laurent Ledoux, chief civil servant at the transport ministry, resigned. He publicly slated Galant, specifically pointing to how she turned down a request from civil servants for more funds to monitor airport security standards.

The letter made reference to the EC report, which was then leaked by the opposition Green party, which warned of the need to improve surveillance over whether airports are respecting EU rules.

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