The first such mission could soon be a reality.
One of the fields in which the two states could collaborate is the joint promotion of the Delta region that includes the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Dutch PM Mark Rutte: "Antwerp and Rotterdam are rivals, but this should not prevent us from highlighting them together. In this way you cement co-operation."
At their meeting the two leaders looked at how they could safeguard the prosperity of both Flanders and the Netherlands.
Headway was also made on plans for a second lock on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, though the contentious issue of the flooding of the Hedwigepolder in the River Schelde estuary was sidestepped.