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  • 2015-2024, International Decade for People of African Descent

    12 Jan

    The United Nations have proclaimed 2015-2024 as the decade dedicated to people of African descent. These people's rights are too often denied, with many having little or no access to education and social security.

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  • Launch of the European Year for Development in Riga

    09 Jan

    Today, on 9 January, the European Year for Development (EYD) is launched in Riga, Latvia. Under the motto "Our world, our dignity, our future", 2015 will become a special year, in which the development cooperation of the EU and its Member States will be presented to the European public. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo underlines the importance of increasing support in Belgium and Europe for the development agenda.

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  • Joint visit of Deputy Prime Ministers Reynders and De Croo to Rwanda

    08 Jan

    On Thursday 8 January in Kigali, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed with the Rwandan authorities to establish a permanent political dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations and to build a mature and stable friendship. Such a permanent dialogue will make better consultations possible on issues such as the political space, the role of civil society, freedom of expression and pluralism.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    08 Jan

    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 23 March to 3 April 2015 in Brussels.

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  • Joint visit to Burundi of Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo

    08 Jan

    In Bujumbura on Wednesday 7 January, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo jointly met with President Nkurunziza and Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation Kavakure, as well as with representatives of civil society and the business community. They also had separate meetings and visits: Didier Reynders met with the Independent National Electoral Commission, political parties and an association of journalists, Alexander De Croo had a meeting with the ministers responsible for priority sectors (health, education, agriculture) and visited projects of the Belgian development cooperation.

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  • Didier Reynders is shocked by the attack against Charlie Hebdo

    07 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply shocked by the barbaric terrorist attack which took place in Paris at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, where at least twelve persons lost their lives. He expresses his sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims, to the French people and to the Government.

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  • International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region call for decisive actions against the FDLR

    03 Jan

    2 January 2015 marks the expiration of the six month grace period granted by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the full and unconditional surrender and demobilization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

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  • Didier Reynders expresses condolences to Indonesian counterpart after Air Asia plane accident

    01 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with deep sorrow the confirmation of the loss of an Air Asia jet off the coast of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Minister expresses his deepest condolences to the Indonesian authorities and to the families of the more than 150 Indonesian victims and victims from other countries.

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  • Didier Reynders continues to strive for the abolition of the death penalty

    23 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders deplores the decisions of both the Jordanian and the Pakistani governments to lift the moratorium that they had introduced respectively in 2006 and 2008 on the implementation of the death penalty.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the successful elections in Tunisia

    23 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the successful electoral process in Tunisia during the last three months. Together with the High Representative of the EU, he presents his congratulations to Mr. Beji Saïd Essebsi on his election to the Presidency of the Republic.

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