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  • Didier Reynders welcomes historic agreement on Iranian nuclear program

    15 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement of 14 July on the Iranian nuclear program. This historic agreement is a major step forward for the region and for the world. He congratulates all parties, whose determination made this major breakthrough in international relations possible. He specifically thanks the EU High Representative for her essential role as a mediator.

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  • Isabel and Fredy exploit an unknown Peruvian treasure

    14 Jul

    In 1950, Peruvians ate twice as many potatoes as today. Nowadays, the market features a number of commercial varieties planted in large plantations. But indigenous potatoes, grown on small plots in higher areas like Huayana, are a forgotten treasure for the average Peruvian. Isabel Huilcapuma and Fredy Carrasco, two farmers from the Andes who took their potatoes to the capital Lima, decided that has to change.

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  • UN-Conference 'Financing for Development' (Addis Ababa) - Intervention by Minister De Croo

    14 Jul

    Intervention by Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the UN-Conference 'Financing for Development' (Addis Ababa).

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  • Partner countries ask Security Council to establish an MH17 tribunal

    13 Jul

    The countries undertaking the independent criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have asked the UN Security Council to establish an international criminal tribunal to try those responsible for crimes connected to the downing that occurred over Ukraine on 17 July 2014 and took 298 lives.

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  • The European Union mapped out

    13 Jul

    The Directorate-General for European Affairs and Coordination (DGE) of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation has produced an electronic application called “The European Union mapped out”. This game comprises four modules for the players to enhance their knowledge about the twenty-eight member states and the five candidate countries of the European Union.

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  • Need a new passport? Don’t smile on your photo!

    13 Jul

    Brussels Airport (BRU) launches its first e-gates. The new devices will make any facial recognition with non-standards passport photos impossible. Hereby a quick reminder of the international standards…

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about reported fighting in northern Burundi

    11 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the reported fighting in northern Burundi. For Belgium, military action may divide the country even further and may enhance the risk of a civil war. The current tensions can only be reduced by peaceful means. Armed struggle and violence can have no place in Burundi.

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  • Didier Reynders commemorates victims of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Hercegovina

    10 Jul

    Tomorrow, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will travel to Srebrenica in Bosnia and Hercegovina to commemorate the massacre that happened there exactly 20 years ago. It was a black period for Europe. On 11 July 1995, Srebrenica was taken by Bosnian Serb troops led by general Ratko Mladic, and thousands of Muslim men and boys were systematically abducted and murdered, simply because of who they were. Many among them were never found.

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  • Didier Reynders reiterates his concern about situation in Burundi

    09 Jul

    In the plenary session of the Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders today reiterated his deep concern over the situation in Burundi, which became even more tense over the last weeks. Just as the African Union and the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, the Minister notes that the circumstances are not conducive for free, credible and inclusive elections. Belgium condemns the violations of rights and liberties - in particular the restrictions on press freedom - and the violence.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    09 Jul

    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 16 to 27 November 2015 in Brussels.

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