The Flemish Christian democrats are against the abolition of the provinces in Flanders. During any talks that would be held with Mr Jambon, the Association of Flemish Provinces would like to discuss its memorandum on cross-level cooperation and culture of governance.
Furthermore the association would like to bring the man likely to become the next Flemish Prime Minister up to speed on a document that sets out its ambitions ‘About the presence of the provincial level of government”
The document drafted by the leader of the Flemish nationalist Bart De Wever as a basis for negotiation on the formation of a new Flemish Government reads “With strong Flemish and local authorities in place, the provincial authorities can cease to exist from 2024”.
Meanwhile, the municipalities are invited to merge to enable them to be large enough to work effectively in the event of the provinces being scrapped. As the document links the abolition of the provinces to the merger of municipalities, Mr Lemmens says that it is best to await the result of the coalition talks.