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  • International Human Rights Day: Didier Reynders reconfirms Belgium’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights

    09 Dec

    Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, at the occasion of his policy statement on November 13th at the Belgian Federal Parliament, reconfirmed his commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.

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  • Didier Reynders reaffirms the support of the Council of Europe to the Ukrainian government reforms

    08 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, on a mission to Kiev in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, reiterated the support of Belgium to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This starts by respecting the cease-fire on both sides. The only way to accomplish this is to implement the Minsk Agreement, the internationally accepted reference. It is time for the resumption of dialogue.

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  • Belgium sends mobile laboratory in fight against Ebola in Guinea

    05 Dec

    On Friday, the Council of Ministers agreed on the deployment of a mobile laboratory in Guinea to help fight the propagation of the Ebola epidemic. The government has received the expected insurances from France, whereby the security of the Belgian team is guaranteed. The Ministers Didier Reynders, Alexander De Croo, Steven Vandeput and Jan Jambon authorized B-FAST, known for its expertise in the coordination of humanitarian aid, to facilitate the deployment of the mobile laboratory.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about the death sentence of 188 defendants in Egypt

    05 Dec

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, like the High Representative Federica Mogherini, is concerned about the judgment of the court of Gizeh, Egypt, condemning to death 188 defendants for a violent attack on a police station.

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  • Belgian passports get an even more efficient chip

    04 Dec

    Since 1 December 2014, all Belgian passports produced have an additional control feature called « supplemental access control », designed to further protect data when reading the chip. In line with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and a requirement of the European Commission, the personal data of citizens, stored on the chip, most particularly his/her fingerprints, are thus better protected against any attempt at unauthorised reading.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns terrorist attacks in Kenya

    02 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the terrorist attacks of the past days in Kenya. He extends his condolences to the family and friends of the many victims.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    01 Dec

    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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  • Departure of employee Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels not connected to search notice

    28 Nov

    In the last week, the Belgian media published articles about the son of an employee of the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, who was visible on a search notice of November 15th of the Brussels police. The FPS Foreign Affairs confirms that the term of the employee at the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, limited to four years, was already finished in July 2014. As a consequence, he was expected to leave the country several months ago. The departure of the Embassy employee, therefore, has no connection with the publication of the search warrant.

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  • Singapore and Belgium share a similar vision on international relations

    28 Nov

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is in Singapore for the Belgian Economic Mission headed by HRH Princess Astrid. He met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister of Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam and Minister of Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and discussed the bilateral relations between Belgium and Singapore, current issues of geopolitical interest – especially the fight against extremism –, regional integration in Southeast Asia and the similarities between Singapore and Belgium as a regional hub.

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  • Marckx’ case: European Court of Human Rights has an impact on your daily life…

    26 Nov

    "As a ten months old baby I institute legal proceedings against Belgium", those were the terms that Paula Marckx addressed in 1974 to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Marckx, a deliberately single mother, considered it unacceptable not to be not recognized as the legitimate mother of her daughter Alexandra. The Strasbourg Court agreed: discrimination between "natural children" and "legitimate children" disappeared from the Belgian codes and from those of many other European countries. In this video, Paula Marckx and the protagonists of the European Court explain how judgments of Strasbourg have an impact on the daily lives of every European. This recognition is one of the points of interest of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

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