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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    02 Jun

    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 13-24 October 2014 in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the successful holding of elections in Ukraine

    27 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the successful holding of the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, despite the difficult circumstances facing the country. The population gave a clear and positive signal in favour of stability, peace and development.

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  • Condolences of Didier Reynders after the killing at the Jewish Museum of Belgium

    25 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is very shocked and sad after the killing at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. He presents his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the Jewish community of our country and to the people of Israel, France and their respective authorities. Didier Reynders reiterates that anti-Semitism is unacceptable.

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  • Didier Reynders deplores the Russian and Chinese veto of the UN Security Council Resolution aiming at referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court

    23 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets that the Russian Federation and China have vetoed the United Nations Security Council Resolution aiming at referring the situation in Syria since the beginning of hostilities in March 2011 to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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  • Virunga Park: Didier Reynders meets the WWF

    22 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met Zach Abraham, Head Global Campaigns of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), who had returned from the Virunga Park in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Didier Reynders announces that Belgium sends a B-FAST mission to Serbia

    20 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, as chairman of the Coordinating Council of B-FAST, announces that an assistance mission will be sent to Serbia, upon official request of the authorities in Belgrade. It is the second component of the B-FAST assistance to the countries affected by the floods in South East Europe. A first component left to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday morning.

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  • Didier Reynders announces that Belgium sends a B-FAST mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina

    18 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, as chairman of the B-FAST coordination board, anounces that an assistance mission will be sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina, upon the official request of the authorities in Sarajevo. The government partners supported this decision in the board of B-FAST.

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  • Didier Reynders expresses condolences after mine disaster in Turkey

    14 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders assures the Turkish people of the full solidarity of Belgium after the tragedy in the coal mine in Manisa. The minister expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims. He hopes that as many miners as possible will be rescued.

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  • Nigeria - Belgium sends reconnaissance team

    11 May

    After the kidnapping of 223 Nigerian schoolgirls, Belgium had contact with the Nigerian government. Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Public Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx decided to send a small reconnaissance team of experts of the departments Foreign Affairs and Public Health to Nigeria on Sunday.

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  • Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears - Photo Exhibition Highlighting Fight Against Malaria in Abu Dhabi

    09 May

    Following World Malaria Day (recognized annually on 25 April), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation & Development will host the Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears photo exhibition at the Emirates Palace (Etihad Ballroom) in Abu Dhabi from 5-18 May. Developed by renowned photographer Adam Nadel, the exhibition highlights successes against malaria thanks to the generosity of international donors like the UAE, which is the largest financial supporter of RBM.

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