Since 2004, federally commissioned software must be delivered with the source code. Federal authorities are recommended to acquire Free Software, but final decisions should be based on total costs.
Starting 2008, Belgian federal government services are obliged to use the Open Document Format (ODF) when exchanging documents.
Belgium's Federal Public Service's (FPS) Policy and Support delivers on Digital Transformation policies, including those related to the ODF standardisation, freeing up public code as a resource in the process. The institution was set up in 2017.
Since 2015, an open government platform, Open Police, was adopted for the national police force. This is a decision that has been taken at the police level across the country, with 126 police platforms across the country reusing the software.