Hungary eyes Flanders’ ports during official visit
During their 10th Joint Commission, Flanders and Hungary talked ports and multimodal transport, as Hungary looks to strengthen its export market
Co-operation to continue in education, health care
Antwerp is home to the second-largest port in Europe, and Flanders also maintains ports in Ghent and Zeebrugge on the coast. The officials discussed multimodal transport – combing different means of transport (sea, road, rail) – to illustrate how Flanders moves freight to other parts of Europe.
As road transport continues to become more difficult and expensive, with increased traffic and road tolls – Flanders also implemented a road toll for lorries in 2016 – multimodel transport is becoming increasingly crucial.
According to the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, its secretary-general, Koen Verlaeckt, also signed a work programme agreement with Hungary for the next two years. This will continue their co-operation in trade and transport, as well as in animal welfare, health care, education and culture.
Photo: Hungary’s deputy state secretary for foreign affairs, Petra Pana, signed a co-operation agreement with Flanders’ Koen Verlaeckt
Port of Antwerp
barges entering the port daily
companies in the greater port area
tonnes of freight handled in 2012