The Vlaams netwerk van ondernemingen (VOKA, Flemish Network of Enterprises) is a Flemish employer’s organisation that represents more than 16,000 companies in Flanders and Brussels, about 65% of private employment. VOKA was created in January 2004 when the Flemish Economic Alliance (
The Flemish Economic Alliance (VEV) was a Flemish employers’ organisation founded in 1926 by Lieven Gevaert, among others. The VEV wanted to be the Flemish counterpart of the Central Industrial Committee, which targeted French-speakers and which later evolved into the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO/FEB). Its main objectives were the development of the Flemish economy and the Dutchification of Flanders. In 2002, the VEV merged with the Flemish Chambers of Commerce to create VOKA.
) and the eight regional Chambers of Commerce in Flanders decided to work together.