April 11th, 2022
Council of EU Foreign Ministers on 11 April: conclusions
Today, Monday 11 April, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, was in Luxembourg to attend a Foreign Affairs Council meeting. The discussions were devoted to the current war in Ukraine and the latest developments in that regard.
April 7th, 2022
NATO ministerial meeting on 6-7 April: conclusions
On Wednesday 6 April and Thursday 7 April, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, participated in an extraordinary NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels. This two-day meeting focused on the ongoing war in Ukraine, the latest developments and the challenges related to that conflict that directly affect the Alliance, especially in the long term.
March 25th, 2022
Joint Statement of Female Foreign Ministers on the occasion of the re-opening of schools in Afghanistan
Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden, Tonga and the United Kingdom on the occasion of the re-opening of schools in Afghanistan.
March 22nd, 2022
European Affairs Council of the European Union of 22 March: conclusions
On Tuesday 22 March, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, met her counterparts in Brussels for a General Affairs Council (GAC).
March 21st, 2022
Belgium remains committed to the elimination of racial discrimination
21 March marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Its commemoration remains both relevant and necessary, as racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance persist in societies around the world. Today, racism is still entrenched in many societies, transcending generations and perpetuating inequality and marginalisation.
March 21st, 2022
Meeting of the Council of Ministers for European Affairs held on 21 March: conclusions
On Monday 21 March, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, and her counterparts met in Brussels for a sixth Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting since the start of the year, primarily dedicated to the war in Ukraine. A joint meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers also adopted the Strategic Compass.
March 8th, 2022
International Women's Day: "Respect for women's rights even more fundamental in wartime"
For more than a century, 8 March – International Women's Rights Day – has been used to highlight women's social, political, economic and cultural achievements, while promoting gender equality and the human rights of women and girls. This last point is particularly relevant in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine. Human rights are all too often violated during wartime.
March 4th, 2022
NATO's Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting: conclusions
Today, Friday 4 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès participated in an extraordinary NATO ministerial meeting. This meeting was extended to include the Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden, as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell. The goal was to take stock of Russia's military aggression in Ukraine.
March 4th, 2022
Extraordinary Council of EU Foreign Ministers meeting on 4 March: conclusions
Today, Friday 4 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès participated with her European counterparts in an Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting to monitor the situation in Ukraine. This meeting was expanded to include the American, British and Canadian partners, represented by Mr Antony Blinken, Ms Liz Truss and Ms Melanie Joly. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was also present. During the exchange of views, Ukraine's Minister of…
February 27th, 2022
Extraordinary Council of EU Foreign Ministers meeting on 27 February: conclusions
Today, Sunday 27 February, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès participated by videoconference with her European counterparts in an Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting to monitor the situation in Ukraine and take a series of additional decisions.