Belgium is a country with complex institutional arrangements.

In our country, the Federal State and the regions share environmental competences.
Thus, the federal government - the GD Environment - works on matters within its sole jurisdiction or coordinates the preparation and some aspects of implementing matters under shared jurisdiction in collaboration with the Regions.

The federal government is also responsible for the coordination of international environmental policy.

It therefore plays a key pivotal role: it collects and assembles the opinions of the Belgian public stakeholders to defend a unanimous Belgian position to the European Union or the international organisations.

Employers' federations, unions and environmental NGOs are consulted while developing various environmental measures taken by the Federal government.