Chapter IV.

Article 11.4.1. Internal working

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Article 11.4.2. Permanent working committees


Permanent working committees are set up within the MiNa Council for nature policy, forestry policy, hunting policy, inland fishing policy, nature and environmental education (NME) and sustainable development.


The Flemish Government can set up other permanent working committees within the MiNa Council for parts or aspects of environmental policy for which specific expertise exists, and where specific target groups or social groups are approached.


The composition of these permanent working committees takes account of the balanced representation of men and women:

  1. half of the members are selected and appointed by the Flemish Government on the basis of specific expertise and on the basis of specific representativeness relating to the subject worked on by the permanent work committee;
  2. half of the members are selected and appointed by the Flemish Government on the basis of specific expertise and on the basis of a recommendation from the MiNa Council.
The permanent working committees can never have more than 16 members.


The MiNa Council delegates to the permanent working committees the preparation of the activities described in article 11.2.1, to the extent the activities are related to the policy that comprises the subject of the task of the work committee.


The MiNa Council always takes the final decision on the draft advice and other draft documents originating from the permanent working committees.

Article 11.4.3. Financial resources

The MiNa Council obtains the resources for its operation and for the carrying out of its task from:

  1. contributions;
  2. own income.

Article 11.4.4. Co-operation


To investigate special issues the MiNa Council can make use of expert third parties, subject to payment or otherwise.


The MiNa Council can enter into forms of cooperation to complete its tasks including the following:

  1. co-operation with comparable advisory bodies outside the Flemish Region to exchange information and ideas about interregional, national, European and international environmental policy and policy relating to the environmental aspect of sustainable development;
  2. co-operation with other strategic advisory committees of the Flemish Region or the Flemish Community, to advise on policy affairs that cover different policy areas;
  3. co-operation with provincial and municipal environmental advice committees to exchange information and ideas on Flemish, provincial or municipal environmental policy