Merging a number of official institutions and rationalizing the functioning of the state are amongst the ideas put forward by the Flemish government, which aims to bridge a budget deficit of €1.4 billion in 2015. At this important moment for the Flanders economy, join us for a lunch with HMA Alison Rose and Flemish Minister President, Geert Bourgeois, who will speak about how trade and investment plays into the government’s plan for boosting the economy.
The Minister President will outline the government’s plans for attracting and facilitating the life of enterprises to improve business conditions in Flanders. These include the digitalization and simplification of government procedures and programmes, with the aim of digitizing communication 100% by 2020, and a five year €500 million innovation programme to help boost the economy. Minister President Bourgeois will also detail the request to the federal government to reduce taxes on labour to further increase enterprise interest.
Minister President of the Flemish Government | Vlaanderen
Minister President Bourgeois assumed office in July 2014, succeeding Kris Peeters. He is also the Flemish Minister of Foreign Policy. He was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in 1995 with re-elections in 1999 and 2003 where he served until July 2004 upon becoming elected to the Flemish Parliament. He is a member of the N-VA party, which he founded in 2001. Minister President Bourgeois has a degree in law from the University of Ghent.