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The Role of the Communities and the Regions in the i\/Iaking of Belgian Foreign Policy

The Role of the Communities and the Regions in the i\/Iaking of Belgian Foreign Policy The Role of the Communities and the Regions i the Making of n Belglan Foreign Policy The object of this article is to explain how the state reforms of 1993 profoundly altered the Belgian foreign policy decision-making process. In 1993, the Belgian federated entities, the Communities and the Regions, received far-reaching powers in the field of international relations. This gave rise to a number of interesting problems, legal, political and administrative, and led to the creation of a unique structure of coordination and consultation. A brief outline of the Belgian state system is also given. The Bel@m Federal Skate The Belgian state came into being in 1830, when the southern provinces separated from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Independent Belgium was a unitary state, with one Parliament. Language laws catered for the linguistic division that existed. Independent political structures within the regions. divided on the basis of language, were created in 1970. A system of Communities (French, Flemish and German) and Regions (Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital) existed, and further constitutional reform took place in 1980 and 1988. However, constitutional reform remained incomplete, and a major constitutional revision had been in prospect since 1988. It was carried out http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

The Role of the Communities and the Regions in the i\/Iaking of Belgian Foreign Policy

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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The Role of the Communities and the Regions i the Making of n Belglan Foreign Policy The object of this article is to explain how the state reforms of 1993 profoundly altered the Belgian foreign policy decision-making process. In 1993, the Belgian federated entities, the Communities and the Regions, received far-reaching powers in the field of international relations. This gave rise to a number of interesting problems, legal, political and administrative, and led to the creation of a unique structure of coordination and consultation. A brief outline of the Belgian state system is also given. The Bel@m Federal Skate The Belgian state came into being in 1830, when the southern provinces separated from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Independent Belgium was a unitary state, with one Parliament. Language laws catered for the linguistic division that existed. Independent political structures within the regions. divided on the basis of language, were created in 1970. A system of Communities (French, Flemish and German) and Regions (Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital) existed, and further constitutional reform took place in 1980 and 1988. However, constitutional reform remained incomplete, and a major constitutional revision had been in prospect since 1988. It was carried out

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Published: Jan 21, 1999

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