International cooperation

The VRT cooperates with other public broadcasters. Including EBU and BVN. Apart from this the VRT is also member of other (inter)national associations for audio-visual media. 


The VRT is member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the association of European public radio- and television broadcasters. The EBU was established in 1950 to promote the programmatic and technical cooperation between the new European broadcaster and it has its head offices in Geneva, Switzerland. The EBU has (2016) 73 active members in 56 countries.

Main activities

  • negotiating international sports rights
  • exchanging footage and sound material, via Eurovision and Euroradio for example
  • stimulating and coordinating European co-productions
  • operational, commercial, technical, legal and strategic support

Eurovision-sublicensing regulations

Via its membership of the European Broadcasting Union, the VRT regularly obtains the rights to international sports events. 

For a number of these rights, the VRT is obliged to provide sub licenses to broadcasters acknowledged by the Flemish Community pursuant to the stipulations of the EBU's Eurovision-sub licensing regulations.


 "Het Beste van Vlaanderen en Nederland" (BVN) (The Best of Flanders and the Netherlands) is the public broadcaster for Dutch language speakers abroad.

The BVN-partners provide a full Dutch-language programme. The VRT provides approximately one third of the programmes. The Nederlandse Wereldomroep (Dutch World Service) provides special programmes for Dutch language speakers abroad. The rest is provided by the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (Public Broadcaster of the Netherlands).

The VRT provides programmes in all genres: news and current affairs, information, fiction and soaps, children's programmes, quizzes, entertainment, documentaries and reality TV, extras and live broadcasts.

There is an agreement between the Flemish Community and BVN.

Other memberships


Fiat/Ifta is the worldwide network of broadcasting archives. The VRT and VIAA are members.

Prix - Italia

The VRT is member of the Prix-Italia, an annual media festival for media professionals based on storytelling and innovation in radio, TV and on the web.

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