Complaint form


Please use this form to lodge a complaint concerning either the functioning of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation or the quality of its services.

Handling of your complaint

Your complaint will be handled as follows:

  • Your complaint is registered with a central complaints desk;
  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the central complaints desk within 5 workdays;
  • Handling of your complaint:
    • If your complaint can be handled by means of the data mentioned on the complaint form, the answer you will receive is at the same time an acknowledgement of receipt;
    • If your complaint requires further examination and the record data need to be checked, your complaint will be handled by the complaint manager of the department concerned.
  • Within 30 workdays following the receipt of your complaint, you will receive a substantiated answer. These are the possible answers:
    - Your complaint is inadmissible;
    - Your complaint is admissible and founded;
    - Your complaint is admissible and unfounded;
  • Your complaint will then be considered as dealt with.

Admissible complaints

The FPS Foreign Affairs examines all the complaints concerning its acts, its functioning or its services.
You thus can lodge a complaint in case you are dissatisfied with:

  • the services of the FPS Foreign Affairs or of an embassy or diplomatic mission abroad; 
  • the functioning of a department, embassy or diplomatic mission;
  • the conduct or an act of a public servant of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

Examples of admissible complaints

  • Your question has not been answered; 
  • The information you were provided with is incomplete; 
  • You are not satisfied with the way in which you have been addressed; 
  • You believe that the regulation has not been correctly implemented in your case and that your request for more information has not been dealt with appropriately; 
  • You are dissatisfied with the period of reply.

Examples of inadmissible complaints

The following complaints will not be examined:

  • Anonymous complaints; 
  • Verbal complaints; 
  • Complaints concerning issues which do not fall under the competence of the FPS Foreign Affairs; 
  • General complaints which are not clearly defined; 
  • Complaints concerning the overall regulation; 
  • Complaints concerning facts going back more than a year; 
  • Complaints which already are the subject of legal proceedings or which still can become the subject of an appeal; 
  • Complaints which have already been lodged with the federal ombudsman; 
  • Complaints which have previously been dealt with or which are under consideration.


Your personal data

To allow us to handle your complaint as efficiently as possible, please fill out the following data.

Exact description of the problem

1. Clear and precise formulation of your complaint
2. Date or period to wich the complaint refers

Department of the FPS Foreign Affairs to wich the complaint refers

1. The department comes under the Central Administration in Brussels...
2. The department is a diplomatic mission abroad

Reference number of the file / correspondence (if applicable)

The FPS Foreign Affairs will attend to your complaint and will send you an answer as soon as possible.