The General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the European Union (EU) defends the interests of Flanders in the EU. Officially it is a division of the Permanent Representation (the Embassy) of Belgium to the EU.
The team is headed by the General Representative of the Government of Flanders, who is assisted by the Deputy General Representative of the Government of Flanders and a Flemish Economic Representative. Eighteen specialised policy officers (“attachés”) from different departments and agencies within the Flemish administration closely monitor the agenda of the EU Council of Ministers. They also act as spokespersons for Belgium within the various working groups preparing the EU Council of Ministers.
The General Representation is in close contact with the European institutions, the members of the Government of Flanders and their staff and the Flemish administration. The Representation also cooperates with the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), whose mission is to get Flemish civil society and local authorities involved in European matters.