On 12 April, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Agriculture, Joke Schauvliege paid a visit to Düsseldorf. An introductory meeting with her counterpart from North Rhine-Westphalia, Christina Schulze Föcking, provided the opportunity for a dialogue on the manure policy, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and the air pollution policy.
Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) are facing similar challenges and are already working closely together on rural development. Both Ministers decided to intensify the existing collaboration.
Minister Schauvliege also visited the headquarters of the Metro group, where she discussed the sustainability policy of the retail and wholesale group with Heiko Hutmacher, Head of Human Resources of the Metro Group.
With a population of approximately 18 million, North Rhine-Westphalia is the largest state in Germany. An estimated one third of the Flemish exports to Germany is intended for NRW. The cooperation with NRW is a priority for Flanders’ foreign policy.
General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Germany