Emblem of the Flemish government
|Jurisdiction||Flanders (Community / Region)|
|Headquarters||Martyrs' Square, Brussels, Belgium|
|Annual budget||€ 27 billion (2012)|
The Flemish Government (Dutch: Vlaamse regering (help·info)) is the executive branch of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region of Belgium. It consists of a government cabinet, headed by the Minister-President and accountable to the Flemish Parliament, and the public administration (civil service) divided into 13 policy areas, each with an executive department and multiple agencies.
The Flemish Government cabinet consists of up to a maximum of eleven ministers, chosen by the Flemish Parliament. At least one minister must come from Brussels. The ministers are drawn from the political parties which, in practice, form the governing coalition. The Government is chaired by the Flemish Minister-President. Ministers head executive departments of the government administration. Ministers must defend their policies and performance in person before the Flemish Parliament. The Flemish Government must receive and keep the confidence of the Flemish Parliament.
Until 1993 the Flemish Government was called the Flemish Executive (Vlaamse Executieve).
Peeters II (current)
Flemish Government - Peeters II 2009-2014
|CD&V||Kris Peeters||Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy|
|SP.A||Ingrid Lieten||Vice minister-president of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Innovation, Public Investment, Media and Poverty Reduction|
|N-VA||Geert Bourgeois||Vice minister-president of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Administrative Affairs, Local and Provincial Government, Civic Integration, Tourism and the Brussels Periphery|
|CD&V||Jo Vandeurzen||Flemish Minister for Welfare, Public Health and Family|
|CD&V||Hilde Crevits||Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works|
|SP.A||Freya Van den Bossche||Flemish Minister for Energy, Housing, Cities and Social Economy|
|N-VA||Philippe Muyters||Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget, Work, Town and Country Planning and Sport|
|CD&V||Joke Schauvliege||Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture|
|SP.A||Pascal Smet||Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs|
Leterme I/Peeters I (2004-2009)
- From 19 July 2004 to 26 June 2007, the Minister-President of Flanders was Yves Leterme (CD&V), leading a coalition of CD&V-N-VA, VLD-Vivant, and SP.A-Vl.Pro.
- On 26 June 2007, in the aftermath of the 2007 Belgian general elections, Yves Leterme and Inge Vervotte resigned as minister-president and minister in the Flemish Government to take their seats in the Belgian Parliament. On June 28, Kris Peeters was sworn in as new minister-president, taking over the responsibilities of Leterme, and Vanackere and Crevits replaced Vervotte and Peeters as Flemish ministers.
- On 10 October 2007 Fientje Moerman resigned due to the fallout of a hiring scandal; she was replaced as vice-minister-president by Dirk Van Mechelen and as minister by Patricia Ceysens.
- On 22 September 2008 Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) was forced to resign due to pressure by the SP.A-Vl.Pro and Open VLD coalition partners because of his party's no confidence vote in the federal government of Leterme and their lack of trust in further negotiations by the Regions regarding the state reform. His portfolio's of Administrative Affairs, Foreign Policy, Media and Tourism were taken over by minister-president Peeters.
- On December 30, 2008 Steven Vanackere resigned to become federal Minister of Civil Service and Public Enterprises. He was replaced in the Flemish Government by Veerle Heeren.
The composition at the end of the legislature:
|Peeters I Flemish Government (2007-2009)|
|CD&V||Kris Peeters||Minister-President; Minister for Institutional Reform, Ports, Agriculture, Sea Fisheries and Rural Policy|
|SP.A||Frank Vandenbroucke||Vice-Minister-President; Minister for Work, Education and Training|
|VLD||Dirk van Mechelen||Vice-Minister-President; Minister for Finance and Budget and Town and Country Planning|
|SP.A||Bert Anciaux||Minister for Culture, Youth, Sport and Brussels Affairs|
|VLD||Marino Keulen||Minister for Home Affairs, Urban Policy, Housing and Civic Integration|
|SP.A||Kathleen Van Brempt||Minister for Mobility, Social Economy and Equal Opportunities|
|CD&V||Hilde Crevits||Minister for Public Works, Energy, the Environment and Nature|
|VLD||Patricia Ceysens||Minister for Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade|
|CD&V||Veerle Heeren||Minister for Welfare, Public Health and Family|
Dewael I (1999-2003)/Somers I (2003-2004)
After the federal elections of June 2003, Patrick Dewael resigned as Minister-President and went to the federal political level. He was succeeded by Bart Somers as Flemish Minister-President until the end of term in 2004. Due to changes in political parties, the coalition was different:
- Volksunie (VU) fell apart. Instead, Spirit entered the coalition
- the SP was renamed to SP.a
- Agalev was renamed to Groen!
Van den Brande IV (1995-1999)
|Minister-President, Foreign Policy, European Affairs, Science and Technology||Luc Van den Brande||CVP|
|Vice-Minister-President, Education and Public Administration||Luc Van den Bossche||SP|
|Environment and Labour||Theo Kelchtermans||CVP|
|Finance, Budget and Health Policy||Wivina Demeester||CVP|
|Public Works, Transport and Spatial Planning||Eddy Baldewijns||SP|
|Economy, SME, Agriculture and Media||Eric Van Rompuy||CVP|
|Home Affairs, Urban Policy and Housing||Leo Peeters||SP|
|Culture, Family Policy and Welfare||Luc Martens||CVP|
|Brussels Affairs and Equal en Equal Opportunities Policy||Anne Van Asbroeck||SP|
List of Flemish Minister-Presidents
|Rika De Backer (nl)||1974 – 1981||CVP||Only of Flemish Community|
|Gaston Geens||22 December 1981 – 21 January 1992||CVP|
|Luc Van den Brande||21 February 1992 – 1999||CVP|
|Patrick Dewael||13 July 1999 – 5 June 2003||VLD|
|Bart Somers||11 June 2003 – 20 July 2004||VLD|
|Yves Leterme||20 July 2004 – 28 June 2007||CD&V|
|Kris Peeters||28 June 2007 – present||CD&V|
The Flemish administration (Dutch: Vlaamse overheid) denotes the Flemish civil service. With the 2006 reform program Better Administrative Policy (Dutch: Beter Bestuurlijk Beleid), the Flemish civil service is designed to make the Flemish public administration more efficient and transparent.
The tasks of the Flemish public administration are now organised in 13 policy areas. Each policy area comprises a department and a number of (semi-) independent government agencies. Only those with their own article are mentioned below.
The 13 policy areas are:
- Services for the General Government Policy (DAR)
- Administrative Affairs (BZ)
- Foreign Affairs (iV)
- Finance and Budget (FB)
- Education and Training (OV)
- Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI)
- Culture, Youth, Sport and Media (CJSM)
- Welfare, Public Health and Family (WVG)
- Agriculture and Fisheries (LV)
- Work and Social Economy (WSE)
- Mobility and Public Works (MOW)
- Environment, Nature and Energy (LNE)
- Flemish Energy Agency (VEA)
- Town and Country Planning, Housing Policy and Immovable Heritage (RWO)
- Flanders in Action
- Flemish Community Commission
- Government of the Brussels-Capital Region
- Government of the French Community
- Politics of Flanders
- Flemish government (Dutch: Vlaamse overheid), in English
- Flemish government (Dutch: Vlaamse overheid), in Dutch
- Flemish Parliament (Dutch: Vlaams Parlement)
- Flemish Government (Dutch: Vlaamse Regering)