Rating of Flanders

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On Friday 01 October 2021 Fitch Ratings has revised Flemish Community’s Outlook from Negative to Stable and has affirmed the Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘AA’. Also the Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR remains at ‘F1+’.

The 'AA' rating is one notch above the rating of Belgium and is the highest rating of all Belgian regions and communities. This is quite a unique situation: the Flemish Community is 1 of the 10 regions in Europe with a rating above the sovereign according to Fitch. The other regions are the autonomous Province of Bolzano, autonomous Province of Trento, Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta from Italy and Historical Territories of Alava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa and the City of Pamplona from Spain.

The Fitch reports shows that Flanders, apart from a solid economy with indicators above the Belgian and European average, scores as “strong” on 5 of 6 fundamental risk factors (KRF – key risk factors):

  • Revenue robustness
  • Revenue adjustability
  • Expenditure sustainability
  • Liabilities and liquidity robustness
  • Liabilities and liquidity flexibility

The Flemish Community’s debt sustainability is assessed at the upper end of the ‘a’ category.

The rating could be downgraded if Belgium’s rating is downgraded or if the debt increased more than foreseen in the rating scenario. 

You can find the press releases of 01 October 2021 and 30 April 2021 and the full rating report of 6 May 2021 below.