About the Representation of Flanders

The Representation 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 Diplomatic Representative of Flanders, who is assisted by the Director of European Affairs. 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 Representation of Flanders 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.