January 20th, 2022
Dorien Nijs represents Belgian citizens' panel at Strasbourg conference on the future of Europe
This Thursday 21 January, Dorien Nijs will travel to Strasbourg and the European Parliament where she will present Belgium's citizens' panel recommendations at the plenary session (21 and 22 January) of the Conference on the future of Europe. Sophie Wilmès, in her capacity as Minister for European Affairs, was present at the Brussels-Midi railway station this morning to express her support and wish her good luck.
December 17th, 2021
Implementation of the 'Metis' parliamentary resolution continues
Faced with its colonial past in Central Africa, Belgium has decided to embark on a necessary journey of research, truth and memory. The research project concerning the segregation suffered by the metis from Belgian colonization for the implementation of the parliamentary resolution 'Metis' is taking place in two phases. After a first phase, which started on September 1, 2019, a cooperation agreement has just been concluded between the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development…
December 14th, 2021
European Affairs Council of the European Union of 14 December: Conclusions
On Tuesday 14 December, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs Sophie Wilmès and her counterparts met for a General Affairs Council (GAC). In particular, they prepared the agenda for the European Council (16 December) and discussed the extension, stabilisation and association process as well as the Article 7 procedure in progress against Poland and Hungary.
December 13th, 2021
Council of European Foreign Affairs Ministers of 13 December: Conclusions
On Monday 13 December, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, met with her European counterparts in Brussels for a Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).
December 10th, 2021
International Human Rights Day : Belgium commits to reducing inequality and advancing human rights
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir reiterate Belgium's commitment to the protection and promotion of all human rights for everyone.
December 7th, 2021
UN Peacekeeping Ministerial 2021: intervention
Intervention by Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade during the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial 2021, hosted by the Republic of Korea on 7-8 December 2021.
December 1st, 2021
NATO Ministerial meeting in Riga: conclusions (Day 2)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès visited Riga (Latvia) for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers. The ministerial meeting lasted two days (see press release NATO Riga Ministerial meeting: conclusions (Day 1)).
November 30th, 2021
NATO Ministerial meeting in Riga: conclusions (Day 1)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès visited Riga (Latvia) for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers. This political consultation between the Allies was necessary in view of the recent deployment of Russian forces close to Ukraine's borders, but also given the current situation in Belarus, where the Lukashenko regime is using migration as a tool to put pressure on the European Union.
November 25th, 2021
Ministers Wilmès and Kitir keep fight against gender-based violence high on their agenda
25 November 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the international campaign '16 days of activism against gender-based violence'. This campaign runs from 25 November (International Day against Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) and aims at eradicating violence against women and girls worldwide.
November 16th, 2021
The EU Strategic Compass is taking shape: "We must take control of our European security and defence."
The European Union Ministers for Defence and Foreign Affairs discussed the first version of the European Union Strategic Compass on Monday evening. In the face of increasing global competition and growing threats, the EU must develop into a reliable and credible security player, which takes greater responsibility and is able to act autonomously in cooperation with partners and where necessary.