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Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish Government (EWI)

Original name: 
Departement Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie van de Vlaamse Overheid (EWI)

The EWI manages policy-making in the field of science, technology and innovation. It was established in 2006 following a major administrative reform, entitled BBB (‘Better Governing’) of the Flemish public authority. The role of the EWI department is to prepare, monitor, and evaluate public policy in the field of economic support (including entrepreneurship), science and innovation, to contribute to more wealth and well-being in Flanders. Thereto, it aims at stimulating:

  • Excellent scientific research;
  • An attractive and sustainable business climate;
  • A creative, innovative and entrepreneurial society.

The EWI co-ordinates the co-operation between the different agencies of the Flemish government regarding economic, scientific and innovative domains. “Our main aim is to develop Flanders into one of the most advanced and prosperous regions in the world.” (source: EWI website).


EWI’s activities are divided over four policy divisions:

  • the Enterprise and Innovation Division monitors policy themes concerning the development of an appealing and sustainable entrepreneurial environment and the stimulation of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • the Research Division takes care of the science policy, by stimulating excellence in fundamental research and communicating about science, technology and technique.
  • the Knowlegde Management Division collects and analyses data concerning economy, science and innovation and converts it to accessible information and knowledge.
  • the Strategy and Co-ordination Division monitors various transversal policy themes and is responsible for the long term strategy and the evaluation and synchronisation of the policy within the department and the policy domain.

(source: EWI website).