Who are we?
De Lijn is the commercial name of the Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij, an autonomous state enterprise that is responsible for urban and regional transport by bus and tram in Flanders. De Lijn was established on 31 July 1990, after urban and regional transport was transferred from the federal government to the three regions. On 1 January 1991 De Lijn took over the activities of:
- the MIVA (Maatschappij voor het Intercommunaal Vervoer te Antwerpen)
- the MIVG (Maatschappij voor het Intercommunaal Vervoer te Gent)
- the Flemish part of the NMVB (National Railway Company of Belgium)
Municipalities shareholder of De Lijn
Three-fourths of all Flemish municipalities are, as a relic from the past, De Lijn shareholders. These shares do not have monetary value. The shareholders do have the right to attend the general assembly every year and to vote (in accordance with the number of shares they own) on the motion to approve the annual report.