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  • Tonight pop concert for our public diplomacy!

    11 May

    Very popular with Belgians for the cosiness of its concerts, the Ancienne Belgique is celebrating its 35 years. In the wake of this anniversary, on May 11th, the AB - in cooperation with the FPS Foreign Affairs - organizes a concert on the theme 'Best of Belgium' in the presence of the Belgian royal couple and Foreign Affairs Minister didier reynders. The entire foreign diplomatic corps in Belgium has been invited to this public diplomacy event. Two Belgian groups, Girls In Hawaii and Intergalactic Lovers, will perform on the main stage of the AB, considered as one of the best concert halls in the world. It will be possible to follow the concert in live streaming worldwide through the network of Belgian diplomatic and consular posts and through ABtv from 8pm.

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  • Helicopter crash in northeastern Pakistan

    08 May

    It was with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the tragic helicopter crash in the region of Gilgit Baltistan, in northeastern Pakistan. The helicopter transported diplomats to the opening ceremony of a tourism project. Didier Reynders expresses his condolences to the families and relatives of the Pakistani pilots and crew, the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines, as well as the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia which unfortunately didn’t survive this tragedy. Minister Reynders is also concerned about the people that were injured during the crash and wishes them a quick recovery.

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  • High Level Conference "Tolerance trumps Hate": address by Minister Reynders

    08 May

    Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the High Level Conference "Tolerance trumps Hate".

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  • High Level Conference "Tolerance trumps Hate": opening address by Minister Reynders

    08 May

    Opening address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the High Level Conference "Tolerance trumps Hate".

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  • Didier Reynders stresses Belgian commitment to preserve the Virunga National Park in DRC

    07 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders attended the ceremony for the creation of the Virunga Foundation Belgium at Château Val Duchesse in Brussels, on Thursday 7 May. In the presence of Minister of State François-Xavier de Donnea, trustee of the Virunga Foundation United Kingdom and Emmanuel de Merode, CEO of the Virunga Foundation United Kingdom and director of the Virunga National Park, Didier Reynders stressed the commitment of Belgium to preserve the Virunga Park.

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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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