Department

The Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs is in charge of all of the Government of Flanders’ international relations. It coordinates Flanders’ international and European activities and therefore takes the lead in Flanders’ relations with foreign governments, the European Union and international organizations. 

More specifically, the following tasks have been entrusted to the Department:

  • the development of cooperation with foreign partners;
  • the rule-making process and transposition of European legislation and the conclusion and ratification of international treaties;
  • international and European trade policy;
  • Flanders’ development cooperation, with a geographical focus on Southern Africa;
  • monitoring import, export and transfer of weapons and strategic goods from Flanders.

To execute these tasks, the Department has a budget of around 46 million euros and it relies on the enthusiasm and dedication of its personnel, which includes:

The Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs cooperates with, the agencies FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE and VISITFLANDERS in order to realize Flanders’ international ambitions.

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