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  Communities, regions and provinces of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium also comprises 589 municipalities, which in general consist of several sub-municipalities (which were independent municipalities before the municipal merger operation of 1977).
The three regions are the Brussels-Capital Region, the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region.
It should be noted that the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region officially have merged into the Flemish Community, with one parliament, one government and one administration, exerting both regional and community competencies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Communities,_regions_and_provinces_of_Belgium   (1039 words)

 Politics of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium is one of the few countries that has compulsory voting, thus having one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the world.
A postwar phenomenon in Belgium was the emergence of one-issue parties whose only reason for existence was the defense of the cultural, political, and economic interests of one of the linguistic groups or regions of Belgian society.
A controversial amendment declared that Belgium consists of three cultural communities (the Flemish Community, the French-speaking community and the German-speaking Community) and three economic regions (Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels) each to be granted a significant measure of political autonomy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Belgium/Government   (4713 words)

 Belgium - MSN Encarta
Belgium is situated between France and the plains of northern Europe, and it borders the North Sea.
Belgium has three main geographic regions: the coastal plain, the central plateau, and the Ardennes highlands.
On the Schelde, the principal waterway of Belgium, are the ports of Antwerp and Ghent.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761567434/index.html   (670 words)

 Belgium - Urbanisation
In the urban region, the core settlement and its periphery are surrounded by a ring of suburbs where population growth is largely determined by urbanisation radiating from the centre.
The 17 urban regions in Belgium not only form the basis of Belgium’s urban network but are also home to more than 57% of the country’s population, 65% of jobs and 73% of management personnel.
The heart of the urban regions is the cities (5) and the regional towns (12).
www.diplomatie.be /en/belgium/belgiumdetail.asp?TEXTID=1758   (281 words)

 Belgium History & Belgium Culture | iExplore.com
Belgium was a founder member of the Benelux Union and the EU, while Brussels is the headquarters of both NATO and the EU.
In 2005, Belgium celebrates 25 years of federalism and for the first time ever, article one of the Belgian Constitution states that: "Belgium is a federal state made out of communities and regions" (website: www.belgium.be/eportal/index.jsp).
Belgium relies particularly heavily on export earnings – 70 per cent of GDP is exported, one of the highest proportions in the world.
www.iexplore.com /dmap/Belgium/History   (1323 words)

 Belgium and its regions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium is part of a major urban and commercial axis and of a heavily urbanized zone extending from England to the north of Italy.
Belgium is situated at the junction between the Latin and Germanic cultures.
Reconciling regional and cultural identity and federal structure is not an easy task, but it does have the advantage of bringing the decision-making process closer to the people.
www.diplobel.org /shanghai/English/html/belgium_and_its_regions.html   (1697 words)

 Organic Farming in Belgium
In the hilly regions of the provinces of Liège and Luxembourg, conventional agriculture is already extensive, and a lot of farms that convert are grassland cattle farms.
The development of the number of organic farms in the different regions in Belgium and their increase as well as the land use in organic farming during the last years is shown in the table attached.
The biggest difference between the regions is extensive cattle farming in the Walloon region which is in contrast to intensive farming in Flanders, which also explains the difference in evolution of organic farming in the two parts of teh country.
www.organic-europe.net /country_reports/belgium/default.asp   (2356 words)

 ICL - Belgium - Constitution
Belgium is made up of three Regions: the Walloon Region, the Flemish Region, and the Brussels Region.
No member of a Community or of a Regional Government may be prosecuted or pursued on the basis of opinions or votes expressed by him in the line of his duties.
The city of Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of the federal Government.
www.oefre.unibe.ch /law/icl/be00000_.html   (11389 words)

 ICF 2005 - Federalism
Belgium lies on the dividing line between the Germanic and the Latin cultures and has three official languages: Dutch, French and German.
The institutions of the regions and the communities are only competent for those matters which are attributed to them by the constitution or special majority law.
The French Community has transferred specific community powers to the Walloon Region and to the French Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region: tourism, social advancement, refresher courses and vocational training, school transport, sports infrastructure and, to a certain extent, health policy and social aid and assistance (to families and immigrants).
www.federalism2005.be /en/home/belgium   (602 words)

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In 1830, Belgium won its independence from the Netherlands and became united as a state.
Belgium has two main ethnic groups, a Dutch-speaking people called Flemings, who live in the north, and a French-speaking people called Walloons, who live in the south.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and is a center of international economic and political activity.
members.lycos.co.uk /bryanspink/interrail/belgium.html   (251 words)

 Belgium: Administrative divisions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium is a Federal State, which is constituted by Communities and Regions.
There are three Regions, the Flemish Region, the Region of Brussels-Capital, and the Walloon Region, which might be compared to the American States and the German Länder.
For instance, the regions have competency in economical policy, excepted "the competences allocated to the Federal State in order to maintain an economical and monetary union." Similarly, the Regions have competence in the energy policy, including distribution of natural gas ans electricity, but the prices are still fixed by the State.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/be-adm.html   (1340 words)

 Belgium Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium leadership is therefore often criticized by human rights groups and liberals for pursuing a largely laissez-faire media policy (de Bens 4).
Belgium's specific coverage in other European countries is often limited because the correspondents largely address their coverage to EU issues.
While Belgium is not hostile to its journalists—it does not license, torture, or imprison them for their investigative work—documented cases of censorship and fines are cause for closer attention.
www.pressreference.com /A-Be/Belgium.html   (6028 words)

 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Profiles
Belgium is a country of beaches (it has around 65km of sandy beaches); fertile farmland; forests; plateaus valleys; and cities.
Regional and community governments are entirely autonomous and their ministers have equal status with federal ones.
Belgium’s external trade is concentrated within the EU: 77.2% of its exports are to EU partners, and 73.7% of imports are from the EU.
www.fco.gov.uk /servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029394365&a=KCountryProfile&aid=1019061802191   (1684 words)

 BELGIUM: COUNTRY COMMERCIAL GUIDE - 1998   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium has an excellent network of distributors who are often regarded by the French and Germans as a neutral source of goods.
In addition, Belgium is a faithful adherent to EU laws and directives, and Belgian business continues to benefit significantly from a single European market in the 1990s.
Belgium is a member of the Bern Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention of Geneva.
www.mac.doc.gov /tcc/data/commerce_html/countries/Countries/Belgium/CountryCommercial/1998/Marketing.html   (3104 words)

 Chairman-in-Office - Belgium, a federal state   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
At the highest level are the federal state, the three communities and the three regions, which from a legal perspective are on an equal footing.
Belgium has four linguistic areas: the Dutch linguistic area, the French linguistic area, the bilingual Brussels-Capital area and the German linguistic area.
The French community has transferred specific community powers to the Walloon region and to the French community Commission of the Brussels-Capital region: tourism, social advancement, re-training courses and vocational training, school transport, sports infrastructure and, to a certain extent, health policy and social aid and assistance (to families and immigrants).
www.osce.org /cio/17612.html   (580 words)

 Ministère des Relations internationales - International Initiatives - Countries and regions - Europe - Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium is of undeniable interest to Québec, given Québec's close links with the country's French-speaking and Flemish-speaking federal components.
This has been especially true since Belgium's 1993 constitutional reform, which granted the communities and regions full autonomy over the international exercise of their fields of jurisdiction, including the right to sign treaties with foreign governments.
The Premier led an official mission to Belgium in July 2001 (summary of the mission).
www.mri.gouv.qc.ca /en/action_internationale/pays_regions/europe/belgique/relations.asp   (263 words)

 Belgium : Regions in Brief   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Modest little Belgium has never been known to boast of its charms, yet its variety of language, culture, history, and cuisine would do credit to a country many times its size.
Belgium's diversity stems from its location at the cultural crossroads of Europe.
Although international attention is focused on Brussels as the "capital of Europe," there's another Belgium of Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles, cobblestone streets, and tranquil canals waiting in the wings.
www.frommers.com /destinations/print-narrative.cfm?destID=213&catID=0213020814   (957 words)

 Belgium Travel Guide - Belgium Holidays
Tucked between the desirable and obvious destinations of London, Paris and Amsterdam, Belgium is usually treated as a stepping stone to the English Channel, or, at most, a quick stop-over for a looksee in the capital, Brussels.
Beyond the city of Brussels with its historic Gothic buildings and tall European Union office blocks, is a treasure-trove of undiscovered lazy seaside towns, and the inland wooded gorges of the splendid Ardennes, sprinkled with medieval castles and steeped in folklore.
Belgium is a country that has inspired many artists and writers with the charm of its Gothic cathedrals, town halls, gabled guildhouses and rich museums.
www.wordtravels.com /Travelguide/Countries/Belgium   (460 words)

 Patterns of interaction across borders: Space, language and architecture. A network model applied to border regions in ...
Regional jurisdictions become increasingly significant in the political landscape of the European Union.
This research examines regional borders that are sub-national, ethnic and administrative divisions in Western Europe in order to construct a model that represents them better than existent models.
The proposed model describes the regional border between Flanders and Wallonia in Belgium and between the Basque Country and Castile-Leon in Spain as heterogeneous areas.
repository.upenn.edu /dissertations/AAI3152021   (398 words)

 Discrimination in access to employment on grounds of foreign origin : the case of Belgium - International migration
Thus, certain common criteria were defined to establish the valid and usable nature of the procedures, to distinguish between the different forms of treatment and behaviour and to encode the data.
Before we present the results of this research, we shall introduce the demographic (representation of foreigners in Belgium and in each of the country's three regions) and social (labour market and representation of foreign workers) context in Belgium.
Bearing in mind the specifically regional characteristics of the labour market, the results will be presented in three separate chapters: the results obtained in Wallonia, in Flanders and in the Brussels-Capital Region, where the surveys were conducted by teams of testers, both male and female.
www.ilo.org /public/english/protection/migrant/papers/imp23/ch1.htm   (1024 words)

 WEEE/RoHS: Belgium -- U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Mission to the European Union
Recupel was launched in Belgium in 2001, well ahead of August 13, 2005 mandatory EU implementation date, and was one of the first such organizations to become operational in Europe.
In Belgium, administrative procedures related to the environment are dealt by the three regional authorities.
However, government registration through the regional authorities is not possible at this stage since the Belgium regional authorities currently are not set up to take registrations.
www.buyusa.gov /europeanunion/weee_belgium.html   (666 words)

Belgium is a very interesting little country that has played a central role on the international stage throughout the 20th century.
The north and west comprise the region known as Flanders (Vlaanderen) whose people speak a derivative of Dutch, and Walloon in the south and east where French is the native tongue.
The city of Liège was my second tour to the region, and it is a fabulous river city with a massive shopping district and lots of art and culture.
www.tompgalvin.com /places/be/0_be.htm   (920 words)

 Belgium - Regions and Art Cities / Overview
In the north is a land of tree-lined canals, gorgeous skies, rich fields, beguinages, carillons, festivals and breweries.
The Belfry (13th and 15th century) at the old city center is widely considered Belgium's finest, with a carillon that has rung out the quarter hour for nearly seven and a half centuries.
Its Belfry (or Belfort) and Cloth Hall are among the finest monuments of the great era of Flemish clothworking, and within the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Bavo resides one of the greatest works of art ever created--The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb--also known simply as the Ghent Altarpiece, by the brothers Van Eyck.
www.geographia.com /belgium/bxart02.htm   (1164 words)

 Belgium maps from Omnimap.com, world leader in map supply.
A detailed topographic map of Belgium showing the long distance footpaths and many of the regional footpaths as well.
A single-sheet map showing the outline of Belgium and the internal regional (provincial), d'arrondissement, and commune (county equivalent) boundaries and the capital city (county seat) of each commune.
Twenty places not to miss in Brussels are highlighted on the inside of the folder, which also shows a section of the city centre for quick reference.
www.omnimap.com /catalog/int/belgium.htm   (736 words)

 BELGIUM: COUNTRY COMMERCIAL GUIDE - 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Belgium’s industry sectors most oriented towards foreign markets were hit in 1996 by a slowdown in France and Germany.
On many occasions, their territory is larger than just Belgium; often it includes the Benelux (Benelux is Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) and one or more neighboring European countries.
Belgium is a member of the Bern Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention of Geneva (UCC).
www.mac.doc.gov /tcc/data/commerce_html/countries/Countries/Belgium/CountryCommercial/1999/Marketing.html   (3791 words)

 David Cumps : NSurvey - Belgian Regions
Belgium is one of these countries, but when you select Belgium, it doesn’t display the possible regions for Belgium.
This is because the region information is also implemented with the subscriber model.
The problem was that there wasn’t a region file for Belgium.
weblogs.asp.net /cumpsd/archive/2005/02/21/377635.aspx   (123 words)

 Belgium - Regions and Art Cities / Overview
To really enjoy the Ardennes you should choose the small roads, and discover its wonderful castles, monasteries and country inns where you can stop for a treat of trout fresh out of the stream, or for the adventurous, a piece of juicy wild boar.
To sample all the cheeses and beers of the region is serious work.
They succeeded in keeping Liege removed from the fearful wars that swept over Belgium and Europe in the late 1500 's and 1600's preserving the economic base that was to make Liege an industrial pioneer in later times.
www.geographia.com /belgium/bxart03.htm   (1087 words)

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