On 8 May, the first consultative committee on the reduction of lockdown measures with regard to the French-Belgian border took place. For the Government of Flanders, General Representative Gaëtan Poelman participated. The prefect of Hauts-de-France, Michel Lalande, initiated this consultation.
The aim of the consultation committee is to proactively inform the representatives on both sides of the border and to coordinate measures as far as possible. At the same time, it allows any bottlenecks or gaps to be detected quickly and communicated to the crisis authorities concerned.
For example, the various systems of contact tracing and how to include cross-border movements so that there are no blind spots in the detection of infections were discussed.
It was also discussed how citizens can regain access to sports and leisure infrastructure - such as sports fields, swimming pools, recreation parks, etc. - on the other side of the border. Particular attention was paid to access to beaches.
A new consultation will take place at the end of May.
General Representation of the Government of flanders in France