OECD audit launched into Belgium's Covid-19 management

OECD audit launched into Belgium's Covid-19 management
Federal Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit). Credit: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be conducting an audit into Belgium's management of the pandemic and their subsequent economic recovery plans, at the request of the country's Federal Government.

The Flemish outlet De Standaard reported on Thursday that multiple high-ranking ministers within the Federal Government had called on the OECD to externally investigate how Belgium's governance fared while dealing with Covid-19.

Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit), among those to have requested the OECD's opinion on the matter. The minister stated in a letter to the chairpersons of the Interior and Public Health parliamentary committees that "now that the eighth wave has been contained, the time has come," for a thorough evaluation.

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As a result, the OECD will assess the organisation of crisis management during the pandemic and recovery policies, as well as concrete measures and the economic, social and health consequences of Covid-19.

To that end, they have developed a framework to objectively assess the Belgian approach and compare it to the international level, the conclusion of which are expected to be released in 2023.

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