Flanders in Action

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Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders, promoting Flanders in Action

Flanders in Action (Dutch: Vlaanderen in Actie – ViA) is a social and economic action programme for the future of Flanders which was established by the Flemish government on 11 July 2006. The objectives have been laid down in the Pact 2020 by the Government of Flanders and all the major social partners. A committee led by Koenraad Debackere monitors the accomplishments of Flanders in Action.


The Flemish government decided to use the transition method to reach the objectives of Flanders in Action.

Transition means that all the social partners think together about the actions that are required in the long term (2050); the idea is to conceive new systems to replace the current ones. This is done through many small changes which, combined, can represent a great step forwards. There must also be room for experiments, which will allow the partners to subsequently adjust their vision and propose new solutions.

ViA will apply the transition method to 13 great societal challenges:

  • New Industrial Policy
  • Gazelle Leap
  • Streamlining of Targeted Innovation Policy
  • Everyone Participates, Everyone is Active
  • Child Poverty
  • Flanders’ Care
  • Renewable Energy and Smart Grids
  • Sustainable Living and Building
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Space for Tomorrow
  • Smart Mobility
  • Accelerating Investment Projects
  • Towards a Sustainable and Creative City

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