Flanders and the Netherlands launch European pioneering project

  • May 8, 2019

On 8 May, Minister-president Geert Bourgeois and Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops launched an innovative project on cross-border cooperation. Both parties are exploring the possibilities to improve the alignment of procedures, and other relevant regulations in order to advance the development of cross-border infrastructure.

This project follows from the Flemish-Dutch Summit that took place on 5 November 2018 in Middelburg, at which Minister-president Bourgeois, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and State Secretary Raymond Knops agreed to further work on cross-border cooperation. In order to give a follow up to this intention, Bourgeois and Knops launched a joint project to identify and address the key bottlenecks on both sides, in the short term.

State Secretary Knops: “EU must facilitate citizens to study, work and do business across national borders. The merger of the ports of Ghent and Terneuzen in North Sea Port is a successful example of this cross-border cooperation. At the same time, differences in legislation will not be eliminated at a stroke. That’s why we are starting this innovative initiative in this region.”

More information: Press digest Geert Bourgeois