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  • Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo in the DRC

    26 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Development Cooperation, met with members of the government, the opposition and the civil society during their joint mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 21 to 25 February 2015, in Kinshasa and Goma (North Kivu).

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  • Collect data by mobile phone: a first for our projects in Congo

    23 Feb

    In the last quarter of 2014 BTC tried out a new means for collecting data in the Congo (Democratic Republic) by using, for the first time in this country, mobile technology for a survey among 700 households in 35 villages of the Eastern Kasai province.

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  • UN experts panel on the future of peace operations gathers in Brussels

    20 Feb

    The European regional consultation of the United Nations experts panel on peace operations was held today at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders opened the discussions. José Ramos-Horta, Chairman of the Panel and former President of East Timor, gave an opening speech. Experts from European governments, the European Union and think tanks took part in the discussions.

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  • Ebola Response: B-Fast returns from Guinea, but Belgium continues support for Guinea

    18 Feb

    On 24 February, the B-Fast team returns from Guinea, but Belgium continues to support Guinea in the fight against Ebola. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo granted extra financing to keep the B-Life laboratory in Guinea, and to ensure that it continues to function. The European Commission (DG ECHO) also contributes to the funding. A team of 4 members of the CTMA (Center for Applied Molecular Technologies), three officers of the Belgian Civil Protection and two members of Defence will continue to support the work of the laboratory. This last mission is organized by the General Directorate Civil Protection (Ministry of Interior) at the request of the European Union and the Guinean authorities.

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  • Flooding in Albania: B-FAST sends tents, blankets and winter kits

    17 Feb

    The B-FAST Coordination Council decided on February 16, 2015 to make a gift of 100 tents, 100 winter kits and 500 blankets to the Albanian population affected by the floods of the recent weeks. This was said by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput.

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  • Burundi | The impact of the common fund for education

    17 Feb

    Since 2011 Belgium, France, Norway and Unicef have pooled their efforts in support to the education sector in Burundi by creating a common fund.

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  • Promulgation electoral law and publication election timetable in DRC

    16 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the promulgation of the electoral law and the publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the timetable for the provincial, urban, municipal and local elections in 2015 and the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2016.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the horrible executions of Christian hostages by ISIL in Libya

    16 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the announcement by a group linked to the terrorists of ISIL that 21 Egyptian Christian hostages were beheaded. The Minister condemns these horrible executions. He expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns second attack in Copenhagen

    15 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the second terrorist attack that took place in the Danish capital Copenhagen, a few hours after the first attack.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns terrorist attack in Copenhagen

    14 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the terrorist attack apparently perpetrated against the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and the French Ambassador François Zimeray during a free speech conference in the Danish capital Copenhagen, as a result of which one person died.

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