The new government, composed of the same parties as the previous one: right-wing N-VA, CENTRE CD&V and liberal Open Vld, reached a coalition agreement after 127 days of negotiations. On 30 September 2019, the new Flemish coalition agreement was finally announced (read the full text here). Below is an overview of the main changes expected from an income tax perspective. For an overview of gift and inheritance tax measures, we refer to our Newsflash of 3 October 2019: Transport: with regard to transport emissions, a target is set for 2030, namely that all new cars sold are “low emission” and at least half of them are “zero emission”. By this year, the Flemish administration is expected to have reduced the fuel consumption of its service vehicles by 40% compared to the 2005 reference year. A review of the (semi-public) charging and refuelling infrastructure is planned, the government intends to focus on the semi-public fast charging infrastructure. The Flemish government will work with the federal government and other regions to accelerate the greening of the corporate vehicle sector. The country has been ruled by a transitional government since the federal elections on 26 May 2019. A minority coalition has been governing since last March with broad opposition support to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The latter government was led by French-speaking Liberal Sophie Wilmes. The coalition agreed on a joint budget during a final negotiating meeting led by De Croo and French-speaking socialist Paul Magnette during nearly 24 hours of talks. The government will give municipalities financial incentives to encourage them to merge, for example by taking back part of their debt. It should be noted that, through significant investments, the Government will do everything in its power to simplify and expedite licensing processes.
The new Flemish government has reached a Flemish coalition agreement for the next five years, here`s what has changed. Prevention and early detection will remain important priorities over the next five years and the reform of the hospital network will be pursued. Bilateral agreements with the federal authorities could also be envisaged in order to improve Flemish health policy. In order to help companies transport their goods, the authorities are considering investing in waterways and the kilometre tax for heavy goods vehicles could be adapted according to the weather (e.g.B. a lower price outside peak hours). The government will continue to invest in road infrastructure and use technology to develop smarter infrastructure. The development of a 5G network throughout Flanders will also be a top priority. The tasks of the Flemish public administration are now unfolded in 13 policy areas. .