Influencing the life of every citizen of Flanders…

Flanders Competence distribution:

The Flemish authorities make decisions about aspects of people’s lives. They exert a huge influence over the life of every Flemish citizen (environment, schools, welfare,…) and are responsible for shaping Flanders.

The Flemish authorities consist of:

An overview of the jurisdiction of the Flemish Government:

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Public works, mobility and traffic safety

  • roads
  • waterways and inland navigation
  • seaports
  • regional airports
  • regional transport (public transport agency “De Lijn”)
  • Belgian institute for traffic safety and technical inspection
  • driving instruction, driving schools and exam centres
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Personal assistance

  • youth protection
  • youth policy
  • family policy (Child & Family)
  • family allowance, child birth allowances and adoption allowances
  • child care
  • policies for the elderly and the disabled
  • equal opportunities policies and the Equal Opportunities Centre
  • the integration of immigrants
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Education

  • all aspects of educational policy
  • except for a small number of matters such as compulsory education and teachers’ pensions which are a federal competence
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Culture

  • arts
  • cultural heritage
  • museums
  • libraries
  • media (the Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT)
  • sports and tourism
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Environment and water policy

  • environmental protection
  • waste management (Public Waste Agency of Flanders OVAM)
  • drinking water
  • waste water purification
  • sewage systems
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Language legislation

  • use of languages by the authorities
  • use of languages in the business community
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Energy

  • distribution of electricity and natural gas
  • promotion of rational energy consumption
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Economy

  • support to companies
  • permits for trading establishments
  • foreign trade
  • statistical research
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Employment

  • labour market policy and employment (Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training VDAB)
  • employment programmes
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Health care

  • hospital policy
  • preventive health policy
  • home care
  • policy for the elderly and homes for the elderly
  • mental welfare
  • assistance to disabled persons
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Municipalities and provinces

  • financial resources
  • administrative supervision
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Justice policy for the Flemish competences

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Foreign affairs

  • international treaties regarding Flanders’ competences
  • Cooperative development
  • foreign trade
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Housing

  • building of social housing
  • financial housing support
  • rental of commercial and residential properties, leases, expropriations
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Scientific research about the Flemish competences

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Land-use planning and nature conservation

  • land consolidation
  • parks
  • forest
  • hunting
  • fisheries
  • animal welfare
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Spatial planning

  • town and country planning
  • building permits
  • urban renewal
  • monuments and landscapes
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Agriculture and sea fisheries

  • support to agricultural and horticultural companies
  • Flemish Promotion Centre for the Marketing of Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries (VLAM)