A midpoint meeting was recently held in Brussels to review current projects in connection with the Quebec-Flanders cooperation agreement. Both governments expressed satisfaction with the successful implementation of most of these initiatives.
From left to right: Jean Fréderic, head of culture, DGQB; Wouter Coussement, bilateral affairs attaché, DGQB; Francine Marcotte, head of Québec-Flanders cooperation, MRI; Christos Sirros, Québec’s delegate general in Brussels; Rita Poulin, director for Western and Northern Europe-European Institutions, MRI; Lise Lacroix, director, bilateral affairs, DGQB; Koen Verlaeckt, secretary general, Flanders International Department (DIV); Bart Laethem, executive director, DIV; Arlette Thijs, collaborator, Kunsten en Erfgoed agency; Stefaan De Groote, collaborator, DIV.
Cooperation between Flanders and Quebec officially dates back to 1989. The Joint Cooperation Committee meets every two years to determine which projects will receive government support; the Committee’s 11th meeting was held in November 2008 in Quebec City. The twenty projects approved at that time are currently being implemented in the cultural, education, sustainable development and research sectors.
In discussions with Flemish representatives, Quebec’s Delegate General in Brussels, Christos Sirros, set out the Government of Quebec’s priorities for the coming years, including Quebec’s leadership role in the fight against climate change, the Northern Plan and the proposed economic partnership agreement between Canada and the European Union.
Political relations between Quebec and Flanders are multifaceted and well-established. A large number of ministerial meetings are organized, with the most recent held between the Quebec and Flemish Environment Ministers, Line Beauchamp and Joke Schauvliege, at the Copenhagen climate summit.
Québec government office in Brussels