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Belgium is a federal state consisting of communities and regions.
The central Federal State controls foreign affairs, defence, justice, finances, social security and national issues relating to public health and domestic affairs.
- The Belgian Federal Public Service Office
At: Rue des Petits Carmes 15, Karmelietenstraat 15, 1000 Brussels
Tel: 02 501 81 11
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00
Communities of Belgium
There are three communities (French, Flemish and German speaking), which each have regional authority for language, culture, education, preventative medicine, protection of young people, scientific research, sports and public services.
Regions of Belgium
There are also three geographical regions (Flanders, Brussels-Capital and Wallonia), which run their own economy, foreign trade, agriculture, environment, energy, employment, regional development and town planning, housing, water policy, public works, and transport.
Provinces of Belgium
The country is further divided into ten provinces. Five of these are Flemish:
- West Flanders
- East Flanders
- Flemish Brabant
and five Wallonian:
- Walloon Brabant
Each province has an elected council, whose responsibilities include law and order, roads, regional development, and epidemic control. The council also has a supervisory role over administration of the municipality.
Communes/Municipalities of Belgium
There are 589 communes or municipalities, whose responsibilities are local law and order, local elections, civil marriages, building permits, road repair and social assistance.
The Town Hall (maison communale/stadhuis) of the commune is the first reference point for all local and civil issues.
- For a full list of Brussels communes: Click here and then click on one of the 19 communes to find the address, contact details and a link to the commune's website.
- For details of all Belgian communes including Wallonia and Flanders: Click here
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