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Governmental organization, decentralization and restructuring

Belgium is known for its multi-layered government structure, both vertically (defederalization) and horizontally (decentralization). Put together with a negotiated economy, the result is a complex system of governmental bodies and agencies, subject to different sets of regulations, interacting with several forms of (semi-public enterprises and interest groups (for example, trade unions and employers’ organizations, consumer councils, chambers of commerce, and various non-profit organizations). Between these players, different types of public-public and public-private agreements and partnerships exist.

We assist all levels of government in setting up, changing or managing both centralized and decentralized administrations and agencies (legal framework, (re)structur(e)(ing), finances, personnel, management, etc.).

Furthermore, we help them in structuring their mutual cooperation through special purpose vehicles or structured contracts. We have, for example, broad experience in setting up and managing various forms of agencies: public enterprises and utility companies, intermunicipal associations, externally decentralized regional or local agencies, etc.

Finally, we support private sector clients in their relationship with this complex government structure, for example, advising them on amongst other things joint ventures, concessions, procurement contracts, and PPP/PFI projects.