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PROMOTING DIALOGUE BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ACTORS IN BRUSSELS' EUROPEAN QUARTER

The fund aims to be an interface between public and private interests in the European Quarter, the most important European and international pole in Belgium, and wants to restore the quarters’multifunctionality. The Fund subscribes to the aims of the King Baudouin Foundation ‘working together for a better society’and wants to be a partner for all those who would like to see plural life return to the quarter.

The Fund shares the basic ideas of the October 2001 report "Brussels, Capital of Europe" , commissioned by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi and by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, and of the Masterplan of the European District, as approved in April 2008 by the Brussels-Capital Region.

Together with the public authorities, the Fund attaches great importance to defending the public interest. The federal State, the Brussels-Capital Region, the communes of the City of Brussels, Ixelles-Elsene, Etterbeek and Saint-Josse/Sint-Joost-ten-Noode play a predominant role in the quarter, besides the European institutions.

The Fund is convinced that the advice of voluntary organisations undeniably contributes to the development of the multifunctional character of the quarter: the GAQ (Groupe d’Animation du Quartier européen de la Ville de Bruxelles/the neighbourhood committee of the European district), the AQL (Association Quartier Léopold/the neighbourhood committee of the Leopold quarter), the Committee for a ‘Citizens’ Mail’, the IEB (Inter-Environnement Bruxelles - Frenchspeaking), Bral (Brussels’ Environment Council - Dutchspeaking), Arau (Atelier de recherche et d’action urbaines) and other neighbourhood committees.

The Fund is of the advice that companies that own plots and buildings, property developers, national as well as international institutions and large companies established within the quarter, should participate actively in the development of urban activities by collaborating with projects of general interest in the quarter.

The Fund also wants to provide answers to the wishes of the European institutions when it comes to efficiency, security and the image of these institutions.

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The European Quarter Fund would not exist without its members and the necessary financial support of its ‘contributing members’and of the King Baudouin Foundation. The Funds’ lines of actions are inspired by the objectives of the Fund and by examples from abroad. The most important resulting actions and the actions aimed at improving the image of the quarter are regularly proposed to and discussed with the public and private actors of the quarter.

Alain Deneef
Executive Officer

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