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  • Didier Reynders about the crisis in Ukraine

    01 Aug

    The new EU sanctions against Russia, which come into force today, are the consequences of the behaviour of the Russian authorities in the Ukrainian question. These measures will have an impact on the development of the Russian economy and is a serious signal for the leadership in Moscow. However, the EU is ready to remove the sanctions when Russia starts to contribute actively and unambiguously to a solution of the Ukrainian crisis.

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  • Didier Reynders recalls the parties' obligations to respect international law in Gaza

    31 Jul

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is extremely concerned about the escalating violence in the Gaza conflict which generates an increasing number of victims, mostly civilians. The images and reports of operations in progress are shocking and leave no one indifferent, especially when women and children are the victims.

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  • Didier Reynders meets the Support Committee for Eastern Christians

    31 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met on July 30 a delegation of representatives of the Support Committee for Eastern Christians. This Committee was established on 28 July in response to the deteriorating situation of Christians in the region. It brings together members of different Christian communities of the East present in our country: Armenians, Chaldeans, Copts, Melkites, Maronites and Syriac.

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  • 1914-1918: Belgium remembers

    30 Jul

    At the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the invasion of Belgium by Germany and the violation of its neutrality, a ceremony will be held August 4, 2014 in Liège.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes Fouad Massoum's election as President of the Republic of Iraq

    26 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, just as EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, welcomes the election of Fouad Massoum as president of the Republic of Iraq. After the election of Salim Al-Juburi as Chairman of the Council of Representatives, this is an extra step in the formation of a new government.

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  • Innovations in banana cropping systems in Tanzania

    24 Jul

    Some 80% of the Tanzanian population depends on agriculture for a living. In the North-West, near Lake Victoria, banana is the most important staple crop. The majority of production however is through subsistence farming rather than commercial production. By introducing new banana varieties and providing training on technical management as well as marketing skills, the Banana cropping project aimed to improve the livelihoods of banana farmers in the region. Now, after four years, the first results are visible: banana bunches are twice as big and farmers are selling the surplus to other regions in Tanzania and even abroad.

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  • Didier Reynders is pleased with the appointment of Said Djinnit as UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region

    22 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Said Djinnit as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region in Africa. Said Djinnit has already served the African Union as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and as Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa. The Minister wishes him good luck and is convinced that his experience will be useful. Said Djinnit can count on the support of Belgium.

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  • Call on all countries for a stronger cooperation with the International Criminal Court

    18 Jul

    Call on all countries for a stronger cooperation with the International Criminal Court - Fight against impunity in support of the victims of atrocities - Criminal Justice for a lasting peace - active support of the ICC.

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  • Diplomatie.Belgium@21July

    17 Jul

    The Belgian Development Cooperation and B-Fast are taking part in the festivities of our National Day on Monday 21st July. Discover our activities in the Rue de la Regence and participate in many games!

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  • Expo Text-île

    17 Jul

    As part of the festivities of July 21, the Egmont Palace opens its doors for an exhibition “Text-île”. The four historic tapestries at the Egmont Palace, which show four continents, are the starting point for this exhibition. The exhibition explores the aspects of migration, such as colonization, refugees, the hope of a better life, the search for identity, heritage and cultural exchanges, all through facilities, videos and sculptures from five contemporary artists. The works come from Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hans Op de Beeck, Berlinde De Bruyckere, El Anatsui and Ali Kazma.

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