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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    28 Aug

    The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy (known as the Common Foreign and Security Policy or PESC). 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. At present, 11 (1) civilian EU-missions are ongoing in which approximately 50 Belgian experts are deployed.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Ukraine on 23rd anniversary of its independence

    25 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Ukraine on the 23rd anniversary of its independence. The minister considers a free, democratic and independent Ukraine essential for the stability of the Euro-Atlantic area. Belgium supports the efforts of the international community, and particularly those of the European Union. Minister Reynders hopes that the meeting in Minsk this week will be a first step towards constructive dialogue that will put an end to the uncontrollable escalation of violence and the suffering of the population.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about situation in northern Iraq

    08 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is still deeply worried about the situation in northern Iraq. Indeed, the fate of the civilian population concerns us all. A greater involvement of the international community is therefore essential, both from a humanitarian and a security point of view. The Minister therefore supports all initiatives to protect civilians, especially from the UN Security Council or the UN Human Rights Council.

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  • Didier Reynders on Russian sanctions against EU countries

    08 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has taken note of the decision made by the Russian government to ban the import of some foods from the EU, the US, Canada, Norway and Australia. At the moment the complete and detailed list of the targeted foods is not yet known. gedetailleerde lijst van de geviseerde voedingsproducten nog niet bekend. De precieze economische impact kan nog niet met zekerheid worden bepaald. De FOD Buitenlandse Zaken, de FOD Economie en de bevoegde gewestelijke instanties bestuderen dit.

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  • Didier Reynders calls on the parties to respect cease-fire in Gaza

    05 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, just as EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, calls on all parties to respect the humanitarian cease-fire of 72 hours. The truce is in force since this morning.

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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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