Flanders politically: political vision promotes favourable business climate

Political guide to Flanders

1 of 3 Regions of Belgium:

  • Flanders
  • other two: Wallonia, Brussels
1 of 3 communities in Belgium:
  • Dutch-speaking
  • other two French-speaking, German-Speaking
Flemish Parliament:
  • single chamber system
  • appoints the ministers
  • elected every 5 years
Flemish Government:
  • holds executive power
  • constituted of max. 11 ministers
  • each with their specific powers and tasks
Ministry:
  • responsible for policy making
  • 13 departments (economy, science, etc.)
  • each headed by one minister
Public agencies:
  • executes policy
  • active in areas such as foreign trade, tourism, etc.
  • supervised by one Flemish minister

Flanders' autonomy

Belgium has gradually transformed itself into a unique federal system. Over the last 15 years, the region of Flanders has established its own parliament and its own government, with broad domestic and foreign powers that complement (rather than overlap) the powers of the Belgian federal government.

Flemish public agencies have been established within Flanders’ governmental autonomy to implement policy in key areas such as:

  • economy
  • education
  • town and country planning
  • healthcare
  • export − the public agency for foreign trade being Export Vlaanderen.

Political model state


The tremendous activity and enterprise at the crossroads of Europe can have their turbulent aspects, too. Culturally, linguistically, and politically, Belgium embodies the Anglo Saxon/Latin divide.

Within this context, in the mid-1990s Belgium was democratically turned into a system of constitutional areas known as regions and communities.

The government of Flanders has a maximum of 11 ministers − each with well-defined powers and a staff of political advisors and ministerial officials to help prepare and implement policies.

Evolving its political system peacefully has made Belgium a model of conflict resolution throughout the world.

Supporting the export economy

A political culture of consultation, mediation, and consensus enables Flanders to maintain equilibrium among its various parties and interests. Harnessing a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship at the service of its export economy.

The outward-looking Flemish mentality, supported and encouraged by political policy and resources, has created a dynamic, ingenious, entrepreneurial spirit of commerce and trade in Flanders.