New Comprehensive Approach strategy note sets out a coherent approach to foreign policy

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Minister for Defence Steven Vandeput welcome the approval of the Comprehensive Approach strategy note by the Council of Ministers. The new strategy note sets out the concrete approach and working methods for a coherent Belgian foreign policy.

In recent years, Belgium has already taken steps to implement the 3D (Diplomacy, Development, Defence) approach, which was later developed into 3DLO (Law and Order/Rule of Law). The aim was to achieve a coherent and effective foreign policy, that is able to respond to the complex and ever-changing challenges at the international level.

The Comprehensive Approach, now approved, goes a step further and fits similar developments at the international level, particularly in the European context. Central to the strategy note is the importance of permanent dialogue, evaluation and adjustment of Belgium’s attitude towards specific countries, regions and topics. The objective is for all departments concerned to set the overarching priorities together and to adjust mutual efforts. The new strategy note determines a framework within which this must happen, as well as a methodology, through a steering group and various task forces.

The Comprehensive Approach is not a goal in itself, but a working method to strengthen Belgium’s foreign policy.

Click here ( Dutch (PDF, 482.99 KB) -  French (PDF, 494.35 KB)) to read the Comprehensive Approach strategy note.