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Until2004this was the Minister of Welfare Health and Equal Opportunities. In 2004 the competency on children’s rights policy was transferred from the policy domain of Family and Societal Welfare to the policy domain of Culture Youth Sports and Media (Reynaert 2005 p. 113).
In2006this was the Minister of Culture Youth Sports and Brussels. Since 2009 the Minister of Education Youth Equal Opportunities and Brussels is the coordinating minister for children’s rights.