The Flemish Economic Association (VEV) (employers federation) launched a study at the beginning of this year looking into the advantages and the disadvantages of the Flemish institutional structure for the growth and export potential of the region. At the end of it the VEV presented a SWOT-analysis of the region.



Language knowledge
Dynamic regional differentiation
Labour ethics
Differentiated economic structure
Knowledge innovation potential
Geographical location


Limited regional policy competences
Weak growth accentuating attitudes
Inefficient social concertation
Underdog complex
No long-term vision
Lack of factual attitude

In the study 14 regions were compared based on an assessment of policy makers of their relative strenghts and weaknesses. The regions were grouped into a strong performing group and a weak performing one based on the growth of the GDP in 1985-1996 (1/3), the GDP growth 1991-1996 (1/3) and the GDP per capita (1/3).

Regions with strong performance

1. Emilia Romagna
2. Flanders
3. Denmark
4. Netherlands
5. Ireland
6. Catalonia
7. Lombardy

Regions with weak performance

8. Beieren
9. Schotland
10. Wales
11. Galicië
12. Rhone – Alpes
13. Nord-Pas de Calais
14. Thüringen