Flemish Reform Programme 2020

On 3 April 2020, the Government of Flanders adopted the Flemish Reform Programme 2020 (FRP 2020). This is the tenth reform programme drawn up by the Government of Flanders and the first of the Government Jambon.

The FRP 2020 starts with a preface by the Minister-President of Flanders, followed by an executive summary that includes the key messages outlined in the five parts of the FRP 2020.

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

PART 2  offers a response to the economic challenges.

The Government of Flanders takes measures in response to the four country-specific recommendations (CSRs) :

  • With regard to CSR 1 (public finances), the Government of Flanders is committed to sound public finances and additional room is provided for extra investments
  • With regard to CSR 2 (labour market and education/training), the Government of Flanders wants to contribute to achieving an employment rate of 80% by the end of the current term of office, specifically by getting an additional 120,000 people into work. This requires a lot of activating measures
  • With regard to CSR 3 (investments in research and innovation, digitalisation, energy transition and mobility), the Government of Flanders continues to focus on additional budgets for R&D, an Integrated Investment Programme (GIP) is being drawn up for mobility and the Flemish Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 was adopted
  • With regard to CSR 4 (entrepreneurship), the Government of Flanders is committed to reducing administrative and regulatory burdens.

An investment chapter is again included in the FRP 2020, which reflects the ambitions of the Government of Flanders as an investment government. The translation of this investment ambition totalling €1.65 billion extra investments in the period 2019-2024 is included in the Coalition Agreement.

The Government of Flanders presents in a separate chapter the measures it has already taken, inter alia, in health and socio-economic terms, or is still having examined in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 again been included and for the first time Flanders’ governance with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations was included. With regard to the Europe 2020 targets, in particular Flanders’ historically high employment rate (20-64 age group) of 75.5% (2019) can be mentioned.

Employment rate (20-64 years) (%)

PART 4 contains the contributions from the structural funds.

PART 5 contains the measures Flanders is taking to ensure the support of the European Semester in general and the FRP in particular.

The FRP 2020 is appended to the National Reform Programme 2020 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. The National Reform Programme also consist a table which lists Flanders’ key socio-economic responses without budgetary implications to the COVID-19 pandemic.