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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 Alexander De Croo at the open debate on ‘Women, Peace and Security” in the UN Security Council, New York 15.4.2015

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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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  • Tolerance is stronger than hatred - Brussels, Palais d’Egmont, 8 May 2015

    13 Apr

    As part of its chairmanship of the Council of Europe, Belgium is organizing a high-level conference entitled "Tolerance is stronger than hatred". It will be held in Brussels on 8 May. The 47 Member States of the Council of Europe are invited to this event in order to affirm their position and continue their efforts to promote tolerance and fight against hate speech. Indeed, according to Belgium, living together must be rethought and tolerance must be taught and propagated through education, social relations and the media.

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  • Tolerance is stronger than hatred - Brussels, Palais d’Egmont, 8 May 2015

    13 Apr

    As part of its chairmanship of the Council of Europe, Belgium is organizing a high-level conference entitled "Tolerance is stronger than hatred". It will be held in Brussels on 8 May. The 47 Member States of the Council of Europe are invited to this event in order to affirm their position and continue their efforts to promote tolerance and fight against hate speech. Indeed, according to Belgium, living together must be rethought and tolerance must be taught and propagated through education, social relations and the media.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow

    10 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, on a mission to Moscow in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, met with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, exactly four months after a first visit in the same capacity.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow

    10 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, on a mission to Moscow in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, met with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, exactly four months after a first visit in the same capacity.

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