Article 16.

§1.
In each province a provincial Environment Permit Committee shall be established that advises the board of Mayor and Aldermen and the deputation in the instances specified by the Government of Flanders.

A regional Environment Permit Committee shall be established that advises the Government of Flanders in the instances specified by the Government of Flanders.

§2.
The committees shall consist of a chairperson, a secretary, experts and representatives of the bodies responsible for giving their opinion. The bench of Mayor and Aldermen concerned or the municipal environmental official shall form part of the committees in an advisory capacity except if the application or appeal being considered emanates from the bench.

The deputation and the Government of Flanders shall appoint the chairperson, secretary and experts who sit on the provincial and regional Environment Permit Committees respectively.

The provincial and regional Environment Permit Committees shall each have a permanent secretariat.

§3.

The Government of Flanders shall establish more specific rules for the composition and operation of the provincial and regional Environment Permit Committees.