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The Brussels-Capital Region (BCR) covers a surface of 161.4 km².
It is divided into 19 municipalities.
Similar to the other Belgian Regions (Flanders and Wallonia), the BCR has its own set of legislative competencies:
- spatial planning (urban planning, urban development, urban regeneration, land policy, protection of monuments and landscapes) and housing
- environment, water policy and nature conservation, animal welfare, climate accountability system, transit of waste
- economy (economic development, foreign trade, etc.) and employment policy
- public works
- energy policy
- local authorities (municipalities, intermunicipal associations, religious communities)
- international affairs
- scientific research
Responsibilities such as culture, education, sports and assistance for individuals on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region fall under the authority of the Community Commissions.
The map below shows the main transport infrastructures, green spaces and waterways of the BCR.