On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October, Belgium participated alongside nine other Member States and the European Commission in a hearing at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to support the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in their defense of the rule of law conditionality mechanism. This mechanism is being challenged before the CJEU by Poland and Hungary.
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13 OctPress release
08 OctPress release
Today, Friday 8 October, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs Sophie Wilmès kicked off the Belgian section of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFEU) - a series of Belgian events that will take place throughout the autumn - at an opening event in the presence of EU Commissioner Didier Reynders.
25 JanPress release
On Monday January 25, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, participated with her counterparts to the Foreign Affairs Council held in Brussels. It began with exchanges on topical issues during which the European ministers discussed the political situation in several regions of the world, but also the future of transatlantic relations or the European strategy to facilitate access by third countries to vaccines against COVID-19. An exchange of views was also held with the Japanese Foreign Minister, H.E. Toshimitsu Motegi.
07 DecPress release
The American elections herald the beginning of a period of American re-engagement in the world. Strengthened by its steadfastness in defending the multilateral order built after the Second World War, the EU stands ready to cooperate with Washington in defending universal values and in the interest of the American and European peoples. Belgium is actively contributing to these debates and to the development of strategic autonomy that should enable the European Union to be a credible partner. Belgium welcomes the adoption of a sanctions regime to target perpetrators of serious human rights violations around the world, a new tool that Belgium supported.
17 NovPress release
This Tuesday November 17, the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) will bring together by videoconference the Ministers in charge of European Affairs. Due to the unavailability of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès, Belgium will be represented by Minister David Clarinval.
16 JunPress release
Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defense Philippe Goffin welcomes the adoption on Monday, June 15, of new conclusions of the Council of the European Union concerning the external dimension of preventing and combating terrorism and violent extremism. The fight against terrorism is a priority of Belgian foreign policy, both for international security and for that of our fellow citizens. It is also one of the central themes of our mandate as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2019 and 2020. Belgium defends a global and inclusive approach in its fight against the scourge of terrorism and is delighted by the fact that this is fully reflected in these conclusions.
22 AprPress release
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, today took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council. Two important issues were addressed by Belgium and its partners: the response to the COVID-19 crisis and the situation in Ukraine.
18 SepPress release
Deputy Prime minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders welcomes the consensus reached by the EU on the modernization of the Common Position on arms export on 16 September.
29 MarPress release
Besides the coordination of Belgium’s European policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plays also a role in informing the public and raising its awareness regarding the European integration project. It is in that framework that Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Defence Didier Reynders launched in 2015 the initiative “Let’s talk together about Europe”. The 8th edition of this event took place today in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.
Op-Ed - Minister Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Minister Roth, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, Minister Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.