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  • Didier Reynders concerned about kidnapping of 3 young Israelis on West Bank

    16 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned by reports about the kidnapping of three young Israelis on the West Bank late last week. This is an unacceptable act. The minister calls upon those responsible for this act to release the teenagers immediately so that they may return to their families. He also calls upon all parties to make every effort to protect civilians.

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  • The Belgian technology industry makes the World Cup go round

    12 Jun

    At the occasion of the World Cup in Brazil, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belgian technology federation Agoria created a video clip to promote Belgium and its technology industry. The video clip will be used by our diplomatic posts in Brazil and elsewhere. At least 10 Belgian companies are present at the World Cup in Brazil. They manage among others the installation of telecommunications and satellite transmission equipment, as well as the lightning for the stadiums and other facilities.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates the new President of Israel

    11 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Mr Reuven Rivlin on his election as the new President of the State of Israel. He has no doubt that Mr Rivlin, just like his predecessor, President Peres, will strive to secure the welfare of all Israelis as well as peace. He has the experience and capabilities required to do so.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement between SOCO and the WWF

    11 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the excellent news of an agreement between the WWF and British petroleum company SOCO. With this agreement, the company commits to ending its oil exploration activities in Virunga Park, which UNESCO recognizes as a World Heritage Site.

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  • End of mandate of Olivier De Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

    10 Jun

    On May 30th, Olivier De Schutter finalized the second term of his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He took up the position on May 1st, 2008, and was renewed for another three years in 2011. Special Rapporteurs can only be renewed once. He will be succeeded in the mandate by Prof. Hilal Elver, a Turkish academic based at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a specialist on environmental issues.

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  • Didier Reynders’ reaction to the announcement of new settlements on the West Bank

    06 Jun

    Like High Representative Catherine Ashton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision by the Israeli authorities to construct new houses in the settlements on the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

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  • Belgium chairs Council of Europe Human Rights Session

    04 Jun

    From 3 to 5 June, Belgium will chair the Human Rights Session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. During this three-day marathon meeting, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe will investigate whether the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights are being observed and implemented.

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  • Belgium joins UN Arms Trade Treaty

    03 Jun

    On 3 June Belgium has ratified the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN headquarters in New York. A year after opening for signature the Treaty has 40 signatories. The Treaty will enter into force 90 days after the date of the 50th ratification.

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  • Didier Reynders takes note of formation of Palestinian government

    03 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and High Representative Catherine Ashton take note of the announcement made by President Abbas about the formation of a government of national consensus headed by Prime Minister Hamdallah. He hopes that this new team, composed of unaffiliated members, will be a milestone for reconciliation among the Palestinians.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    02 Jun

    The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy. The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is one of these tools. Since 2003 the EU conducts in the CSDP-framework, several civilian crisis management missions in various unstable crisis area’s worldwide. The BGT training on Civilian Crisis Management (CCM) is a two-week course offering a general introduction and preparation for possible employment in a CCM mission of the EU, UN, OSCE. It is a pre-requisite for any civilian expert being seconded to a field mission. This integrated training is organized twice a year jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Egmont Institute, with the support of the Belgian Federal Police and the Ministry of Justice and is in line with EU training standards. The next training will take place from 13-24 October 2014 in Brussels.

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