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  • Belgium donates EUR 18.75 million to UNRWA

    22 May

    Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 18.75 million spanning 2015-2017 that will help UNRWA provide essential health, education, relief, social services and emergency relief assistance for Palestine refugees. The generous donation will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and provide UNRWA a degree of sustainability in aid delivery.

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  • Guinea and Burkina Faso new partner countries of Belgian development cooperation

    21 May

    On the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, the Federal Council of Ministers today approved a new list of fourteen partner countries for Belgian Development Cooperation. The present list of partner countries had not changed since 2004. Two new partner countries make their entry: Burkina Faso and Guinea. Besides the new list of partner countries, the international partner organisations of the multilateral cooperation were also decided.

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  • Belgium closes Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders closed the Belgian Presidency of the Council of Europe during the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on Tuesday 19 May at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. He officially passed the Presidency to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak.

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  • Belgium closes Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders closed the Belgian Presidency of the Council of Europe during the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on Tuesday 19 May at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. He officially passed the Presidency to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak.

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders at the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Brussels, 19 May 2015).

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders: evaluation of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders: evaluation of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Brussels, 19 May 2015).

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  • Didier Reynders signs double taxation treaty with Russia

    19 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders signed on 19 May a bilateral double taxation treaty with the Russian Deputy Minister of Finance Sergey Shatalov, in the presence of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. The signature took place in the margins of the annual session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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  • Didier Reynders supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    17 May

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders stresses the importance Belgium attaches to the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia taking place today May 17.

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  • Didier Reynders visits Tunis

    16 May

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders visited Tunis on 5 and 6 May 2015. The visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations and supporting Tunisia in its transition process. The Minister paid tribute to the victims of the Bardo Museum terrorist attack, including our compatriot Hilda Van Nerum. He met with civil society, the President of the Republic, the President of the Assembly of People's Representatives, the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Finance.

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  • Didier Reynders deplores decision to expand settlements in East Jerusalem

    14 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly deplores the Israeli authorities' decision to reinforce the expansion of settlements in Ramat Shlomo (East Jerusalem). In November 2014, the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the European Union had already expressed their opposition to these plans, calling on Israel to rescind its decision.

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