Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde
Location of the arrondissement in Flemish Brabant
|Coordinates: 50°51′N 4°12′E / 50.85°N 4.2°ECoordinates: 50°51′N 4°12′E / 50.85°N 4.2°E|
|• Total||942.93 km2 (364.07 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2015)|
|• Density||650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement (Dutch: Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde; French: Arrondissement de Hal-Vilvorde) is one of the two administrative arrondissements in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. It almost completely surrounds the Brussels-Capital Region and lies to the west of the other arrondissement in the province, the Leuven Arrondissement. Unlike the Arrondissement of Leuven, it is not a judicial arrondissement; however since the sixth Belgian state reform in 2012–14, it has an own public prosecutor's service.
The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement and the Brussels-Capital Region together formed the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde electoral district and the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels. Following the 2007 federal election, Yves Leterme, who is in charge of the negotiations for forming a new Federal Government, proposed to split up the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels into two judicial arrondissements: one comprising Halle-Vilvoorde and the other comprising the Brussels Region.
The Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde was established in 1963 when the language borders were determined. At that time, the then Administrative Arrondissement of Brussels, which had the same territory as the present-day Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels, was split into three administrative arrondissements, two of which still exist today:
- Brussels-Capital, which consists of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels Region;
- Halle-Vilvoorde, a unilingual Dutch-speaking administrative arrondissement;
- Brussels-Periphery, which consisted of the six Flemish municipalities with language facilities for French-speakers around Brussels.
On January 1, 1971, the Arrondissement of Brussels-Periphery ceased to exist and its municipalities were added to Halle-Vilvoorde.
The Administrative Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde is made up of the following municipalities: