Strategic and policy bodies

  • The National Security Council is a federal body consisting essentially of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers. In the context of the crisis, this body was extended to include the Ministers-President of the Regions and Communities. This collegial body took the policy decisions for the management of the crisis at the start of the pandemic.
  • The Consultative Committee is a committee in which all governments and their Ministers-President at federal, community and regional level - have a seat. Since the formation of the De Croo government (01/10/2020), the decisions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic have been taken here.
  • The Interministerial Conference on Public Health (see further).
  • The Federal Coordination Committee (COFECO) is chaired by the National Crisis Centre and is responsible for preparing the policy decisions of the Consultative Committee at strategic level, and for coordinating the implementation.
  • The Governmental Corona Commission is responsible, among other things, for coordinating the communication between the federal government and the federated states as regards health policy. The Commission should maintain relations with experts and social partners. In addition, the Commission is competent for formulating proposals for reforming the various consultation structures and thus simplifying the fight against the crisis. Finally, the Commission must acquire new insights about the virus with a structured approach, and has to monitor the social, economic and societal impact of the measures taken. In this way, the Commission can provide support for policy decisions and their implementation.