Flemish Reform Programme 2019

On 5 April 2019, the Government of Flanders adopted the Flemish Reform Programme 2019 (FRP 2019). This is the ninth reform programme drawn up by the Government of Flanders.

The FRP 2019 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 2019.

Part 1 describes the macro-economic developments in the Flemish Region.

Part 2 offers a response to the three country-specific recommendations (CSRs) and the investment challenges, which play a central role in the European Semester 2019. With regard to CSR 1 (public finances) Flanders achieves a structurally balanced budget for the third time in a row. To that end, it continues to focus on a growth-friendly fiscal consolidation, while paying the necessary attention to public investments in economic and social infrastructure. The Government of Flanders is taking an array of measures with regard to the labour market and education to act upon CSR 2. With measures to incentivise entrepreneurship, to increase competition in services and investments in transport infrastructure and mobility,  the Government of Flanders tackles the challenges specified in CSR 3. Finally, the investments of the Flemish Government that respond to various investment challenges are also included.

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. For the second year I a row, a Flemish Social Scoreboard has also been included. As a result, the present FRP 2019 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 2019. The social partners within VESOC (27 March 2019), the Flemish Parliament (26 March 2019) and the VLEVA members (including (supra) local authorities) were closely involved in the preparation of the FRP 2019. 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 2019 is appended to the National Reform Programme 2019 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.