Bourgeois visits the Netherlands for talks on trade mission
Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois made his first official visit to the Netherlands, Flanders’ strongest international ally, yesterday, where he held talks about trade missions and cultural co-operations with prime minister Mark Rutte
Cultural summit under discussion
Bourgeois was making his first foreign visit since his appointment as Flanders’ minister-president. He met Rutte for a working lunch in the prime minister’s official residence, known as the Catshuis. “It was a very good meeting, and I received a warm welcome,” Bourgeois said. “The policies we are pursuing in our two countries are very similar.”
The talks focused on strategic co-operation between Flanders and the Netherlands. The leaders aim to put the finishing touches to a treaty next year that will improve the inland canal linking Ghent and Terneuzen, which passes through Dutch territory. Financing still has to be agreed upon, but they expect some financial support to come from the European Union.
The talks also touched on cultural co-operation between Flanders and the Netherlands. The leaders plan to hold a summit next year in Flanders, where they will mark 20 years of cultural co-operation.
Photo: Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte meets with Geert Bourgeois in the Catshuis yesterday
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