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  • Belgium strongly advances in the 2016 Aid Transparency Index

    14 Apr

    Belgium is strongly advancing in the Aid Transparency Index, which maps the transparency of aid flows. Our country’s aid transparency increased since the last analysis in 2014 from 18.8% to 47.7%. “With this position, we rank in the middle group and we have a better score than organizations such as the Gates Foundation or countries such as Switzerland, France and Norway. In the next years we should make additional efforts in order to reach the world’s top in terms of transparency of our aid flows,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo.

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  • Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders condemn the demolition of a children’s garden in Zaatara

    12 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemn the demolition, on April 12, of a children’s garden in Zaatara, in the Nablus Governorate, a project funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. They will without delay ask for explanation from the Israeli government through the Ambassador in Brussels and via the Belgian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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  • Development Cooperation Forum 2016: Rethinking development cooperation for the SDGs

    08 Apr

    Her Majesty the Queen and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo inaugurated yesterday the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), which is held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels from 6 to 8 April. In her role as advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Queen Mathilde delivered the opening speech of this Forum with the theme "Rethinking Development Cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals: country-level perspectives and lessons."

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    31 Mar

    The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy. The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is one of these tools. Since 2003 the EU conducts in the CSDP-framework, several civilian crisis management missions in various unstable crisis area’s worldwide. The BGT training on Civilian Crisis Management (CCM) is a two-week course offering a general introduction and preparation for possible employment in a CCM mission of the EU, UN, OSCE. It is a pre-requisite for any civilian expert being seconded to a field mission. This integrated training is organized twice a year jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Egmont Institute, with the support of the Belgian Federal Police and the Ministry of Justice and is in line with EU training standards. The next training will take place from 17 to 28 October 2016 in Brussels.

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  • Honorary Ambassador André Adam victim of 22 March Brussels attacks

    29 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with sadness on the passing away of honorary ambassador André Adam during the Brussels attacks on 22 March.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq

    27 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemnns the two attacks in Iraq, which occured on 25 and 26 March and the attack of today in Lahore.

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  • Refugee crisis in Greece: B-FAST helps with tents and blankets

    25 Mar

    The Coordination Council of B-FAST decided on 17 March to send an aid package of 200 tents and 2,300 blankets to Greece. The decision was confirmed this morning by the Council of Ministers. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with Riyad al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority

    23 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met today with Riad al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority.

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  • 21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    21 Mar

    21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. For Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, this topic is more relevant than ever.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns new attack in Istanbul, extends his condolences and pleads for strengthened cooperation in the fight against terrorism

    19 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the terrorist attack that took place today in Istanbul. His thoughts are with the victims and with the injured. He offers his condolences to the families, to the Turkish authorities and to the Turkish people.

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