The brexit threatens after Ireland, the most the province of West-Flanders. How is that? “The economy of West-Flanders is founded on openness,” says Bethune. “A declining export to the industrial production system is a veelgenoemd a result of the brexit. For West-Flanders that loss estimated at a quarter of a billion euros per year. Food, plastics & rubber and textile threaten the greatest damage. That's three 'spearhead' sectors here. We add to that the logistics sector, with the port of Zeebrugge as a hub, and we are going to raft about 11.000 immediately endangered jobs in West-Flanders.”
The falling exports mean for West Flanders an estimated loss of a quarter of a billion euros per year.Deputy Jean de Bethune,
The postponement of the brexit improves is not the case. It makes the uncertainty just bigger. “Companies are already on the brake, from that uncertainty”, the Bethune further. “Investment and hiring to be delayed. We must not wait for the final verdict around the brexit. We are already looking to proactively move forward. We are committed to join forces and to the action. Because, for example, the British network of suppliers, or the exchange between researchers elements that have an immediate impact on the goings-on of the West-Flemish production and innovation. This both for the "lead plants" as for the smes.”
Investments and hiring will be delayed. We must not wait for the final verdict around the Brexit.Jean de Bethune,
Wouter Blomme, managing director of Unizo in West-Flanders, pull them to the cart: “Our smes have in these troubled times all the support needed. We hit with organizations and services work together to support smes this brexit-klip. We create a supportive framework, so that business may continue.”Looming import duties
There was Thursday, a summit around the arrival of a brexit action plan together with business leaders from sectors that are affected are likely to be. There are other big names, such as tapijtgigant Balta Group, industrial textile manufacturing group Sioen, manufacturer Case New Holland (CNH), weefgetouwenfabrikant Picanol and the Bruges transport and logistics service provider NDQ. The province takes immediate action with the establishment of a ‘West-Flemish Fund for Regional Change’. The intention is to make 80 million euro to pump through provincial, Flemish and federal funding channels to that money is the own West-Flemish strengths to reinforce. What does it mean exactly?