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  • Elections in Burundi

    25 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders took note of the choice of Pierre Nkurunziza as candidate of the CNDD-FDD for the next presidential election in Burundi. Belgium has always insisted that the constitution should be respected. In case of problems of interpretation, the Arusha Agreement, as the cornerstone of peace and democracy in Burundi, should be the reference.

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  • Belgian contribution for UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

    23 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders decided to allocate a contribution of € 50.000 for the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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  • Commemoration of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons, Ypres, 22 April 1915

    23 Apr

    Belgium commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic first large-scale use of chemical weapons. This happened on 22 April 1915, during the First World War, near Ypres on the Western Front. Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction and inhumane weapons. They kill indiscriminately and without any warning. They cause horrific and lifelong injuries.

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    23 Apr

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, 22 April)

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  • The Council of Europe, today

    20 Apr

    “Economic and social rights, (…) issues that are absolutely vital, especially with the economic crisis” says Belgian human rights specialist Olivier De Schutter. In a few words, he reminds of the Council of Europe’s role and insists on the importance of the European Court of Human Rights. He shares with us the challenges the Court faces: the fast enlargement of the Council of Europe, growing differences between Member States, the lack of visibility of economic and social rights and the importance to connect the European Union to the Council of Europe.

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  • The Council of Europe, today

    20 Apr

    “Economic and social rights, (…) issues that are absolutely vital, especially with the economic crisis” says Belgian human rights specialist Olivier De Schutter. In a few words, he reminds of the Council of Europe’s role and insists on the importance of the European Court of Human Rights. He shares with us the challenges the Court faces: the fast enlargement of the Council of Europe, growing differences between Member States, the lack of visibility of economic and social rights and the importance to connect the European Union to the Council of Europe.

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  • Made in misery: Ethics in the garment industry after Rana Plaza

    19 Apr

    1138 Bangladeshi workers were found dead between loads of garments destined for the European and American markets after the six-floor Rana Plaza complex in the industrial outskirts of Dhaka collapsed on 24 April 2013. Asia's largest industrial catastrophe – after Bhopal – did not only disclose construction shortcomings but also the race to the bottom in the garment sector, which this time led to a deadly finish. Meanwhile, we are two years later. How have authorities, businesses, trade unions and NGOs responded? Does the consumer have any sustainable alternatives? All the answers in the dedicated brochure that BTC has recently published.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with Belgium’s faster transposition of EU directives

    17 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the faster transposition of EU directives into Belgian legislation. From May till November 2014, there was a delay in the transposition of 0.7% of the directives, while the European Commission authorizes a delay of maximum 1%. Belgium has made serious efforts and equals its best result obtained in 2010. At that time our country held the Presidency of the European Union.

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  • Statement by Minister Alexander De Croo at the open debate on 'Women, Peace and Security'

    15 Apr

    Statement by Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the open debate on 'Women, Peace and Security' in the UN Security Council, New York.

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  • Resumption of the "Barcelona Process": for enhanced cooperation between the EU and Mediterranean countries in the fight against terrorism

    13 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders participated on Monday 13 April in Barcelona to an informal ministerial meeting with Southern partners on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy. At the invitation of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn, 22 European countries were represented at ministerial level to meet the eight representatives of Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority). Didier Reynders was satisfied with this strong ministerial involvement, as well as with the presence of Israeli and Palestinian delegations, who don’t sit very often at the same table.

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