Flanders and the Netherlands further expand cross-border cooperation

Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon will visit Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte next Monday, 10 October. According to the announcement on the Dutch government's website, the meeting "will focus on cross-border cooperation between the Netherlands and Flanders". "In addition, the war in Ukraine, climate and energy will be discussed," it sounds.

The cabinet of the Flemish minister-president confirmed that Jambon will travel to The Hague to visit Dutch prime minister Rutte. Jambon already paid a first visit to the Netherlands when he took office in October 2019. Due to the corona pandemic, subsequent contacts were mainly digital and by phone. This will therefore be the second official visit between the two. Prior to a meeting with Rutte, Jambon will also have a conversation with Interior minister Hanke Bruins Slot.

Cross-border dossiers

According to the Jambon administration, a variety of cross-border dossiers are on the agenda during the visit, ranging from the 3RX dossier (the alternative route of the Iron Rhine) to the circular economy and possible joint trade missions. There are also concrete plans for a new Flemish-Dutch summit.

Since 2011, such a Flemish-Dutch summit has taken place about every two years, always with the aim of strengthening cooperation in as many concrete dossiers as possible. After the fifth edition in 2020 in Flemish Brasschaat - which took place partly digitally due to corona - a new summit is planned in January 2023, which should take place in the Dutch province of North Brabant.



© BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM - Flemish Minister President Jan Jambon (L front) pictured during a digital diplomatic meeting with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte (on the screen R), Wednesday 04 November 2020 in Brussels.

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