On 30 March 2018, the Government of Flanders adopted the Flemish Reform Programme 2018 (FRP 2018). This is the eighth reform programme drawn up by the Government of Flanders.
The FRP 2018 starts with a preface by the Minister-President of Flanders. The executive summary which follows includes the key messages outlined in the five parts of the FRP 2018.
Part 1 describes the macro-economic developments in the Flemish Region.
Part 2 offers a response to the three country-specific recommendations (and the investment challenges). The Government of Flanders aims at sound public finances and a growth-friendly budgetary consolidation, which addresses country-specific recommendation 1. The Government of Flanders is taking an array of measures with regard to the labour market and education to act upon country-specific recommendation 2. With investments in knowledge-based capital and measures to enhance competitiveness (business services and retail), the Government of Flanders tackles the challenges specified in country-specific recommendation 3.
Part 3 gives a state of play with regard to Flanders’ Europe 2020 targets and the measures which are to bring Flanders closer to realising these targets. A Flemish Social Scoreboard has also been included this year, which is a first. As a result, the present FRP 2018 also responds to the European Pillar for Social Rights.
Part 4 contains the contributions from the structural funds.
Flanders attaches much importance to increasing support for the European Semester, which is clearly highlighted in part 5 of the FRP 2018. The social partners (within VESOC), the Flemish Parliament (20 March 2018) and the VLEVA members (including (supra) local authorities) were closely involved in the preparation of the Flemish Reform Programme 2018. In this way the Government of Flanders responds to the call by the European Commission to involve as many stakeholders as possible in the compilation of the reform programme.
The FRP 2018 is appended to the National Reform Programme 2018 and is also delivered directly to the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.