The King in the new structure of the State
When faced with any reform of the structure of the State, the King has to combine two points of view.
As the Head of State, his constitutional role implies that he must ensure unity among the Belgians in all areas and the maintenance of that which will guarantee the existence of the Kingdom.
Following a number of institutional reforms since 1970, Belgium progressively became a federal State with Communities and Regions.
In the legal sphere, there is only one single relationship between the federate entities and the King: the President of each federate government takes the oath in the King’s hands.
In the political sphere, strictly speaking, there is no organic relationship between the King and the governments of the federate entities.
The King, without of course interfering in the internal functioning of these institutions, gathers however information about life in, the plans and the achievements of these federate entities.