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  • Brussels’ Document on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe

    07 May

    The Brussels’ Document on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe, prepared by a group of independent experts, aims to draw the main conclusions from the Brussels Conference on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe convened on 12 and 13 February 2015 at the initiative of the Belgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Brussels Conference took place within the framework of the Turin process, launched by the High-Level Conference on the European Social Charter of 17-18 October 2014. This document complements the general report of the Turin conference.

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  • Brussels’ Document on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe

    07 May

    The Brussels’ Document on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe, prepared by a group of independent experts, aims to draw the main conclusions from the Brussels Conference on the future of the protection of social rights in Europe convened on 12 and 13 February 2015 at the initiative of the Belgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Brussels Conference took place within the framework of the Turin process, launched by the High-Level Conference on the European Social Charter of 17-18 October 2014. This document complements the general report of the Turin conference.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns attacks on MONUSCO in the DRC

    06 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the recent attacks on 4 May against a helicopter of MONUSCO and on 5 May against a convoy carrying Tanzanian units of the MONUSCO Intervention Brigade (FIB). The latter attack was particularly heavy, as it resulted in the death of two persons, a number of injured persons and several missing.

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  • B-Fast will return from Nepal on Monday in a Dutch airplane

    02 May

    The B-Fast Coordination Council, together with the team leader in Nepal, decided that the Belgian aid team will return to our country. B-Fast will return in a Dutch transport plane, together with the Dutch USAR team, on Monday 4 May.

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  • Tolerance trumps hate!

    30 Apr

    What is tolerance exactly? Belgium is organizing a conference entitled “Tolerance trumps hate”. It will be held in Brussels on 8 May. The 47 Member States of the Council of Europe are invited to this event to reaffirm their commitment and continue their efforts to promote tolerance and fight against hate speech. Through this conference, the Belgian Chairmanship hopes to adopt a common policy action and recommendations aiming at tackling the underlying causes of radicalization and extremism. The fight against hatred concerns everyone!

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  • Didier Reynders visits Armenia and Azerbaijan

    29 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders made a working visit to Yerevan and Baku between April 26 and 29, 2015. The visit took place under the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, but also had a European and bilateral aspect.

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  • Didier Reynders visits Armenia and Azerbaijan

    29 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders made a working visit to Yerevan and Baku between April 26 and 29, 2015. The visit took place under the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, but also had a European and bilateral aspect.

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  • Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo concerned on the situation in Burundi

    29 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo follow with concern the situation in Burundi. Last Saturday, Belgium was one of the first countries to call for the respect of the public space and of human rights. Belgium condemns all forms of violence and intimidation against civilians, the political opposition and human rights activists. Those who commit violent acts or human rights violations will be personally held responsible.

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  • 2,6 million Euros allocated to the Syrian humanitarian crisis

    28 Apr

    Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed to release 2,6 million Euros for the funding of three humanitarian projects supporting Syrian refugees. The humanitarian crisis in Syria enters its fifth year. Almost half of the Syrian population had to leave their homes and more than 3,9 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries.

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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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