The Belgian Way – High Ambitions and a Search for Compromise

Belgium has a well-developed institutional and legal system in place to protect the environment. Overlapping responsibilities in environmental matters between the federal and federated authorities are unavoidable given the distribution of competences to the different layers of authority in the Belgian constitutional setup. This does make policy-making sometimes a bit more cumbersome than in other countries. The ambassador of Belgium to Serbia Koen Adam in interview for our magazine explained that the necessary and sophisticated mechanisms for consultation and coordination are in place, also with a view on defending Belgian positions and interests in the multilateral framework… Read more >