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  • Didier Reynders condemns the terrorist attacks in Lebanon

    28 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the deadly terrorist attacks against the Lebanese State this week-end. This new outburst of violence in the city of Tripoli cost the lives of numerous civilians and soldiers. The Minister expresses his condolences to the relatives of the victims and to the Lebanese authorities.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the massacres in the Beni-Butembo region of the DRC

    28 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reacts with dismay to the massacres perpetrated against civilians in the region of Beni-Butembo, apparently by elements of the ADF-Nalu group. 80 persons died and many were displaced. Minister Reynders presents his condolences to the families of the victims.

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  • Didier Reynders about elections in Ukraine

    27 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the successful holding of early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Sunday, which consolidated the democratisation process. The OSCE Election Observation Mission stated that international standards for democratic elections were met. Belgium welcomes the successful efforts by the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that the elections were conducted peacefully, freely and openly, despite the difficult conditions.

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  • "The United Nations is needed more than ever"

    24 Oct

    United Nations Day, 24 October 2014 Since 1947, the United Nations Day commemorates the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the United Nations, the founding document of the international organisation. Belgium was one of the first countries to sign the Charter and remains a staunch defender of the principles of multilateralism.

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  • Discover the results of Belgium’s European policy in the DGE 2013 Annual Report!

    24 Oct

    The Annual Report of the Directorate-General for European Affairs & Coordination (DGE) on the activities of the European Union* was submitted to the Federal Parliament in mid-April 2014 and is now available online and in hard copy print.

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  • The United Nations on the Grand-Place

    24 Oct

    United Nations Day will take place this Sunday 26 October from 11 am till 5 pm at the Grand-Place in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the attack in Ottawa and expresses his condolences

    23 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders abhors the terrorist attack which cost the life to a Canadian soldier yesterday in Ottawa. He expresses his condolences to the relatives and friends of the victim and to the Canadian government.

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  • Alexander De Croo wants to put more emphasis on strengthening SMEs in the South

    23 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo wants the Belgian Development Cooperation to grant in the forthcoming years particular attention to support the private sector locally in the South. He said this today at a seminar organized by the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO). This seminar focused on the investment and business climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes positive developments in Colombian Peace Process

    22 Oct

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met with President Santos and the High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo in Bogotá to assess the peace negotiations and the post-conflict perspective. He encouraged the Colombian government in its efforts towards a peace deal with the revolutionary forces and wished the Colombian government success in the final phase of the ongoing peace talks in La Havana (Cuba) on victim-related aspects.

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  • Suez Canal: Pharaonic work for two Belgian groups

    21 Oct

    Two Belgian companies specialized in dredging (DEME and the Jan De Nul Group) recently obtained the contract for extension and deepening of the Suez Canal. The first company will be in charge of dredging to deepen and widen the west side of the Canal. The second one will be responsible for the construction of the second Suez Canal, in parallel to the actual one. These construction works aim to improve traffic flow. A great project for our Belgian companies!

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