Geographical context

CIFAL Flanders has it offices in the city of Antwerp, in Belgium. Due to the complex governing structure of Belgium, CIFAL Flanders has to take in account the federal, regional and the local levels of government.


The city of Antwerp

Antwerp is the most populous city in Flanders, and economically especially important for Flanders and Belgium because of the Port of Antwerp.  The port is one of the most biggest in Europe. For more information on Antwerp, visit the website of the City of Antwerp and their website for tourists.






The Flemish Region territory coincides with the Dutch language area, and was given autonomy on a number of important policy areas since Belgium became a federal state in 1993. The Flemish government exercises power on policy areas such as education, mobility, culture, environment, housing and cities.

For more information on Flanders, visit the website of Flanders and the tourism website where you can find all the information you need on popular cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Mechelen or Leuven.


The Federal level of government in Belgium still holds several important policy areas such as finance, justice, social security, foreign affairs and internal affairs. The capital of Belgium is Brussels, home to the European institutions and several important international organisations such as NATO.

For more information, visit the website of Belgium.