Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom
© Tom D'Haenens
My latest diplomatic journey has taken my wife and I from Moscow to London. Serving in the United Kingdom is a great privilege. I am committed to further developing the good relations between the UK and Belgium and promoting common interests to the benefit of both our countries. I therefore look forward to our partnership and collaboration.
I hope that you enjoy our website - a portal into Belgium's presence in the UK.
Are you a Belgian citizen living in the United Kingdom or thinking of moving to the UK? Please register with the Embassy in London. Our consular services provide information about how to register, apply for identity cards and passports. Please note that since October 2011, Belgians residing in the UK have to book an appointment and come in person to the Embassy in London to apply for a new passport.
You are interested in travelling to Belgium or would like to study, work or do business there, please check the ‘Travel to Belgium’ section. If you need a visa, an easy and quick application is available via the ‘Visa Application Centre’. Details can be found on www.vfs-be-uk.com.
Finally, do not forget to visit our News and Events sections and join the Embassy’s Facebook page for the latest news from the Embassy of Belgium in London and feeds about events in the UK with a Belgian touch. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Statement by minister Alexander De Croo at the open debate on ‘Women, Peace and Security” in the UN Security Council, New York 15.4.2015Read more
Resumption of the "Barcelona Process": for enhanced cooperation between the EU and Mediterranean countries in the fight against terrorism
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.Read more