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.
At 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).
as mechanism of horizontal policy coordination is responsible for:
preparation of the preliminary draft and the draft of the Federal Plan
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;
coordination 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.
those institutions, the Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA) tool has been
integrated in a Regulatory
Impact Assessment since 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 on http://ria-air.fed.be.
At 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
As 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.
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: Friday, 13 December 2019
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