Accommodations, letting offices or travel agencies must have themselves registered or licensed by the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs.
In order to deny that certain countries have access to strategic products or to monitor this, agreements are made at the international level to subject the transactions of such products to a licensing obligation.
Flanders pursues a foreign policy regarding all of its competences, using applicable international treaties that are concluded with other (federated) states and organisations. This competence results from the principle “in foro interno, in foro externo”.
At the international level, Flanders implements both a bilateral and a multilateral policy. To this end, it works within the context of the Belgian membership of multilateral organisations, as well as through the direct relations it maintains with these organisations.
Europe is important to Flanders. It affects all Flemish policy areas: 70 % of our legislation is of European origin. A democratic and well-functioning European Union is therefore in our best interest.
Engaging in international business activity is a crucial growth engine for the economy. This is certainly true for Flanders which, with an export ratio exceeding 100%, maintains a strongly internationalised economy.
Tourism is one of the strongest growing (economic) sectors worldwide and it is making a considerable contribution to the economy in Flanders as well. Tourism in and to Flanders annually generates about 28.3 million nights spent and about 5% of the total number of jobs. Tourism does not only enrich from an economic point of view but it also provides advantages from a social point of view and in the field of welfare.
This world-wide supported development agenda was laid down in 2000 in eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and signed by the 192 UN Member States. Since the decision of the Government of Flanders of 22 July 2005, the realisation of the MDGs constitutes a guiding principle throughout the Flemish development policy.