Today, February 22nd, in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Benelux, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès invited the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, and her fellow EU Foreign Ministers for an informal meeting with the 27 EU Ministers ahead of the monthly Foreign Affairs Council. Ms. Bensouda started her mandate as Prosecutor in 2012 and will finish it in June this year.
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22 FebPress release
25 JanPress release
This month, Belgium takes over the presidency of the Benelux for one year. Initially, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès was to present the priorities of this presidency at a ceremony in Brussels in the presence of her Dutch and Luxembourg colleagues Stef Blok and Jean Asselborn, but given the sanitary evolution and the outbreak of new variants, this meeting has been canceled.
31 JanBelgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg sign Memorandum of Understanding on scientific cooperation in the framework of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban TreatyPress release
More than 20 years ago, the world took a decisive step to ban nuclear tests forever: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signature. Today, the world is still waiting for eight States to join the Treaty so it can enter into force. Despite the delay, the CTBT remains an irreplaceable instrument for the international non-proliferation regime. Nuclear tests are considered illegal worldwide and only one country, North Korea, has violated this international standard during the 21st century.
11 DecMinister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau commit to closer cooperation between Benelux and FrancePress release
In the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders - in name of the Benelux - and French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau signed a declaration opening the way to a closer cooperation between the Benelux and France, in particular, the Grand East and Haut de France regions.
Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Benelux (Bozar, Brussels, 5 June 2018).
05 JunPress release
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Benelux, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders attends today a ceremony organized at BOZAR which will bring together the monarchs of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, the three ministers of Foreign Affairs as well as members of our government, the ministers-president of the Regions and Communities and representatives of the Benelux institutions. At the invitation of the King, a lunch is organized for an exchange of views on the achievements and the future of the Benelux.
Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the start of the Belgian presidency of the Benelux.