Flanders and the Netherlands work for closer ties in Maastricht
Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters met with his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte this week
Flemish and Dutch leaders discussed economic co-operation
Peeters was accompanied by Ingrid Lieten, minister for innovation, and Hilde Crevits, minister for transport. The Flemish delegation met with minister-president Rutte, transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and economic affairs minister Henk Kamp.
Among the areas covered in this round of talks were a co-operation agreement between the chemical industries in Flanders and the Netherlands, involving energy, the effect on the climate, exchange of information and know-how and, most controversially, the extraction of shale oil. The two governments pledged to maintain and reinforce co-operation on innovation, and to develop deeper links on cultural matters, beginning with a joint presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016.
The Netherlands exports for a value of €52 billion to Flanders every year, more than to the US and the growth economies of Brazil, India and China put together. Flanders exports about €27 billion worth of goods to the Netherlands.
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million people live in the Flemish Region.
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