Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs

 

Offices closed on 25 and 26 May

The offices of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will be closed on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017.

 
Our library collection moves

As from 1 June 2017, the collections from the library of the FPS Foreign Affairs can only be consulted in the general reading room of the Contemporary Printed Books department of the Royal Library of Belgium. If you want to consult publications from these collections, please proceed as described on this page.

 

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23 May
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrorist attack of yesterday evening in Manchester. His thoughts are with the victims and with their families and friends. He offered his deepest condolences to his British colleague Boris Johnson. Belgium sympathizes with the British people.

19 May
Press release

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has made a plea for a better humanitarian funding. The Council also consulted with Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the reform of the UN System and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to the Council, minister De Croo had a talk on Digital for Development with Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Estonia.

18 May
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister  of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has met today with Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and current chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The next four years, Belgium will release 26 million euros for the GPE, a multilateral mechanism that focusses on access to primary and secondary education. 

18 May
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is satisfied with the new Belgian Civilian Crisis Management Strategy approved by the cabinet this morning. The strategy describes Belgium's vision, priorities and ambitions related to civilian crisis management. Our country uses civilian crisis management to contribute to the efforts of the international community in preventing or dealing with foreign crises by means of non-military actions. The new strategy replaces the previous strategy dating from 2012, which has been modified to reflect the changes in the international context.

17 May
Press release

On Wednesday 17 May, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met the ambassadors of the Arab countries accredited in Brussels. The main focus of the meeting was the situation in the Middle East Peace Process. It also allowed an exchange of views on the regional situation as a whole.

17 May
Press release

May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia and Transfobia (IDAHOT). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders underlines that the fight against discrimination and respect for human rights of LGBTI persons remains a priority in Belgium’s foreign policy. 

16 May
Press release

Transfer costs on the remittance of money to developing countries must be lower. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo said this in reaction to the 11.11.11 and HIVA research into Belgian money remittances to developing countries. The research shows that the average transfer price of remittances from  Belgium fluctuates at around 8%.

16 May
Press release

In its annual report 2016, published today, the Belgian Development Cooperation highlights some new accents of the Belgian development policy, a whole range of results and activities as well as the distribution of budgetary resources. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo emphasizes the renewal of our international development policy. A renewal that he wants to pursue in the next few years, including in the field of digitalisation, the link between the private sector and the development world, and our humanitarian efforts.