Mergers in the Flemish Government

Dutch speaking chamber on April 11, 2017

The Belgian Court of Audit has examined the mergers between public entities that were carried out by the Flemish Government in order to improve management and efficiency gains from 2014 onwards. The Court has determined that all mergers have completed well-developed change programmes without much difficulty, although there were some delays. However, the Flemish Government limited the series of mergers to the departments, strategic advisory boards and a number of legal entities. In doing so, the government missed out on a more exhaustive and logical clustering and was left with limited efficiency gains and budget cuts. Finally, the mergers were unsuccessful in curing the framework act on adminstrative management of its implementation problems.