Article 28.

If a municipality or province or their cooperation partnerships do not within the period of time determined by the Government of Flanders fulfil their obligations imposed by or by virtue of subparagraph 1 of Article 26 or by the programmes and plans mentioned in Articles 17 and 18 and, as a result, harm the public interest, the Government of Flanders may, after giving notice of default by means of a reasoned decision, replace the municipality or province or their cooperation partnerships in question for the implementation of all measures necessary to comply with the aforementioned obligations. The Flemish Region may recover the costs of the aforementioned measures from the municipality or the province or their cooperation partnerships.


Both with respect to the coordination and with respect to the organisation, municipalities, provinces and their cooperation partnerships have the possibility to lodge an appeal with the Flemish Minister with responsibility for the Environment. The Government of Flanders shall lay down the more specific rules for this appeal procedure.