At the national level, an administrative steering group under authority of
the Interministerial Conference for Sustainable Development is in charge for
the supervision of technical working groups’ activities.
the federal level, horizontal
coordination is undertaken through the Interdepartmental Commission on
Sustainable Development (ICSD) and through the sustainable development units
(SDU) created in the respective federal administrations. Additional
institutions involved are the Task Force on Sustainable Development (TFSD) of
the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), the Federal Institute for Sustainable
Development (IFSD) and the Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FCSD).
The ICSD as mechanism of
horizontal policy coordination is responsible for:
• preparation of the preliminary draft and
the draft of the
Federal Plan (FPSD);
• coordination of the development and update
of the Long-term
Vision for SD;
coordination of the report by
its members which provides information
about the implementation of the measures through which each administration has
contributed to the objectives of the FPSD;
of policy regarding sustainable
development (e.g. through working groups on public procurements, CSR,
international policy, …).
Reference can be made to various outcomes of the mechanisms for horizontal
policy coordination, inter alia the Federal Plans for Sustainable Development;
Action plans in line with the FP from the SD units of the various federal
administrations; opinions by the FCSD; reports by the members of the ICSD; and
evaluation reports of the FPB.
to those institutions, the Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA) tool has been
integrated in a Regulatory
Impact Assessmentsince the January 2014. The
long term vision for sustainable development gave the structure to new ex ante
impact assessment tool and the past experience of the SIA has been taken into
account to improve the quality of the process. More information here
the Flemish level, horizontal
integration is undertaken through the Working Group on Sustainable Development
(WGSD) consisting of representatives of the different Flemish departments.
There are two groups: one on policy and one on implementation. The Flemish
sustainable development policy is the main topic of the first working group.
The implementation working group exchanges good examples and inspires the
implementation of sustainable behaviour and practices inside the Flemish
administrative organisations. Besides this, a centre of expertise on
sustainable development is being formed, in which more Flemish entities are
far as the Brussels-Capital Region is concerned, the Brussels Office of
planning (“Bureau Bruxellois de la planification”) is in charge of the design
and monitoring of studies and strategic development plans, included the
Regional Sustainable Development Plan. The draft foresees as well the
establishment of a support committee to support and stimulate the process.
the Walloon level, horizontal integration is undertaken mainly through
the implementation of the SD strategy. Indeed the strategy is the project of
the whole Government and its implementation is under the responsibility of
different Ministers and administrations each of them being in charge of the
implementation of specific measures within the action plan.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 07 May 2020
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