More than 75 mosques in Flanders, Belgium have been awaiting recognition they applied for nearly three years ago, Flemish Minister of Coexistence Bart Somers said.
In Belgium, the federal government determines which religions are recognized.
However, the regions are in charge of recognizing local religious communities.
Flanders has roughly 1,700 local religious communities, of which more than 1,500 are Roman Catholic.
Belgium’s Federal Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne plans to revoke the recognition and funding of the Muslim executive after suspicion of foreign influence and radicalism.
The last Belgian mosque was recognised almost 10 years ago in 2013.