Article 10.

The Government of Flanders shall appoint one or more regional environmental officials.

The Government of Flanders shall ensure that the appointed official or officials jointly combine sufficient knowledge of both spatial planning and the environment. The Government of Flanders can establish the quality requirements that provide evidence of this knowledge.

The regional environmental official shall perform the tasks mentioned in this Decree in an independent and neutral manner. He must not be disadvantaged by the exercise of his duties.