Direct debt


Direct debt refers to the debt that the Flemish administration has incurred in order to cover a net borrowing requirement. This means if the net financing requirements are negative, the Flemish administration has to borrow in order to be able to pay all its expenses.

Direct debt can also be incurred because the Flemish administration takes over the debt of a third party and explicitly recognizes this, through a decree, as its own, direct debt.

Finally direct debt can also exist because the Flemish administration borrows for the consolidated public institutions. Since June 2015 the Flemish Community centralized the borrowing for some public institutions (social housing companies), which in the past issued their own debt with the guarantee of the Flemish Community.

At the end of 2016, the direct debt was 4.640.53 million euro, an increase of 500 million euro. Besides the financing through the EMTN program, the Flemish Community issued also Belgian Commercial Paper for the amount of 250 million euro and issued for the first time Schuldschein for a limited amount of 37.5 million euro.

Furthermore the Flemish Community negotiated very favorable terms for the new cashier contract at the beginning of 2016. Therefore the current account was a frequently used short term finance instrument in 2016 and had a slightly negative balance of 722 million euro at the end of 2016.

At the end of 2017, the direct debt was 5.313.89 million euro, an increase of 700 million euro. As shown in the pie chart below, the EMTN program remains the most important financial instrument. No less than 91,2% of the financing was done through the EMTN program. An increase of 15.2 % in comparison with 2016.

Evolution of the Direct Debt (in million euro)


  2015 2016 2017
EMTN 3.201,50 3.516,50 4.836,50
Schuldschein 0,00 37,50 37,50
Bankloans Vismijn 2,67 2,46 2,25
Bankloans Gem. Holding 147,77 95,34 92,91
Ex-FRGE* * * 5,88
Ground Lease** ** ** 26,16
Amoras* * * 50,42
BCP 755,00 250,00 0,00
Current Account 17,28 738,74 262,27


4.124,21 4.640,53 5.313,89
Debt instruments 2016
Debt instruments 2017
2017 debt

More information about the direct debt can be found in the Cash & Debt Report. For the moment there is no English version available of the Cash & Debt Report 2017. It will be published as soon as possible.