The environment is not just like any ordinary subject due to the simple fact that pollution does not stop at borders. So it is at an international level that impetus must be given and binding or not binding objectives could be set. In fact, some 80% of Belgian environmental law is determined by international conventions and European legislation.
Belgium is a State with a refined institutional structure. The federal government and the regions have shared responsibility for environmental matters. What is more, under this shared responsibility, DG Environment is charged with coordinating international environmental policy. Therefore, it either works on subjects which are its sole remit or it coordinates certain aspects of implementation of matters for which the regions have authority. Consultation is thus imperative to working out a point of view shared by all the different bodies concerned. This task is important because Belgium has to speak with a single voice in the international arena.
Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
Place Victor Horta, 40 box 10
Contact Center: +32 (0)2 524.97.97
Published on 23/11/2006 – Page last updated on 23/11/2006