The inter-municipal company: time for a make-over?

About the research

About the research
Who collects your waste, ensures that water comes out of your tap and that your lamp lights up? Precisely: an inter-municipal company - a collaboration between cities and municipalities in a special company form. The most important rules for this type of 'public company' date from a law that is now almost 100 years old and is beginning to show some major cracks. This is why Marie DeCock (University of Hasselt - University of Ghent) wants to update the legislation.

Marie DeCock

As an Ostendaise, Marie DeCock studied Law at Ghent University and is currently a PhD student at Hasselt University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Steven Van Garsse. She is pursuing her passion for law by writing a doctoral thesis that is situated on the boundary between public and private law. In her research she evaluates the legal framework on inter-municipal cooperation, since inter-municipal associations are caught between 'public' and 'private' and between government and undertaking. Marie is also affiliated with the department of European, Public and International Law at Ghent University as a voluntary research assistant.

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