For the benefit of the current and future generation the environmental policy has the following objectives:
Based on the consideration of the different social activities, the environmental policy strives for a high level of protection. It is based on aspects including the precautionary principle and the principle of preventive action, the principle that priority is given to countering environmental pollution at source, the standstill principle and the polluter pays principle.
The objectives and principles determined in § 1 and § 2 must be integrated in other areas in the determining and execution of policy of the Flemish Region. With the execution of the policy, account is taken of the social-economic aspects, the international dimension and the available scientific and technical information.