There will soon be a new film-censorship arrangement. Film-censorship will from 2014 become the responsibility of the Flemish authorities. The necessary legal texts should be in place by the end of the year.
The new system will put the responsibility for the classification on the distributors or the producer. Films will be divided into three different age categories: (1) suitable for everyone, (2) suitable for viewers of 12 and older and (3) suitable for viewers of 16 and older. The distributor (or the producer) itself will have to indicate for which age category the film is suitable. A complaints board will also be established, composed of experts in legal matters concerning minors, representatives from the sector and representatives of the public. The board can alter the classification of films and impose sanctions on distributors. Decisions may also be appealed.
The present regulations on film-censorship are out-of-date. The current act states that a film may only be watched by children under 16 if the film censorship board has rated it as being suitable for children. There are, furthermore, issues regarding the operation of the film censorship board.
The date from which the new system will actually enter into force depends on the federal authorities. It must first transfer the competence.